Currently Craving: Peplums

Currently Craving: Peplums

While my recent closet cravings include ladylike tanks, plenty of ruffles and tulle along with pleated pieces and conversational prints, one spring trend stands out amongst the rest: Peplums! If you’re unfamiliar with this term, a peplum is basically a short, flared strip of fabric that is attached at the waist of a jacket, dress or blouse.

Even though designers such as Celine, Giambattista Valli, Jason Wu and Christian Dior paraded them down their spring 2012 runways, peplums are anything but new. The cut was popularized in the 1800s and resurfaced in the 1940s as well as the ’80s. That said, they are back–and with vengeance! Put it this way: Vogue dedicated 6 pages to the trend in their January 2012 issue in a spread called, “Dare to Flare.”

Personally, I love how the trend translates on tops. It’s a fun and feminine twist on your standard blouse. There’s just something so chic about their architectural yet sleek shape. Plus I think it’s so refreshing to finally see the return of the waist after so many seasons of loose-fitting, baggy silhouettes! Peplum tops nip the natural waist and are also great for masking not-so-flat stomachs. (I even designed a few for my LC Lauren Conrad collection for Kohl’s.)

As for skirts and dresses, I actually prefer a smaller peplum. If you already have naturally wide-set hips, sometimes the extra fabric can make you look broader than you actually are. However, if you have a boyish figure both top and bottom peplums will work for you since they instantly create the illusion of an hourglass frame. Nevertheless, regardless of your shape, I honestly think this is a trend most women can pull off. Just be conscious of your shape and wear what works for you–more often than not, you’re either a top or a bottom peplum kind of girl.

Here are five of my favorite  peplum pieces:

Currently Craving: Peplums

From left: Top with ’40s Peplum, Pencil Skirt with Frill, Dress with Frill at Waist, Mint Textured Peplum Skirt, Eyelet Peplum Top

What do you think about the peplum trend? Are you going to give it a try?

Also, be sure to take a peek at how member Casey Lynn rocks the peplum look!

XO Lauren

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Photo: Katie Ermilio

Categories: Currently Craving, Lauren Conrad
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  • Sarah Heckle

    I love how peplum looks, but I haven’t tried any pieces on yet!


    sundress fashion – new post!

  • Melissa Panici

    I really like the first and the last one! I wasn’t much in to peplum’s until I saw those! I will be looking for these in your line:) Thanks Lauren!

  • soupforthegirlysoul

    these are fabulous! especially the first and last in that picture! :) I loved Kristen Wigg’s on her last SNL episode too!

  • Stacie Grissom

    OO I love peplum accents– Kristen Wiig had the coolest nude one on SNL last weekend. :)

  • Melissa LaRose

    I haven’t tried this style yet but I am interested in trying for sure!!!!

    My current obsession is… HERE!

    <3 Melissa

  • Charlie Ravens

    not really into peplums, but I love the pastel colours in the first picture!

  • Tiffani Stuart

    I used to love the Peplum trend, lol. When I was a kid, I remember one of my favorite Easter dresses had an inverted v-shaped peplum. I prefer shirt peplums, as opposed to skirt/dress peplums, as well. I think it adds a flirty flair to outfits & is a a little more versatile than the skirt/dress peplums. My favorite [from the pics above] is the white peplum shirt. I also prefer peplums that are more straight & less gathered. I like the sleek & controlled lines on most looks. I think it brings a modern edge to the Peplum. If it’s too big or flouncy, I feel like it’s a little more ’80’s, than a nod to the ’80’s. I feel like it’s about being Fashion Forward, when you recycle trends.

  • Closet Fix

    Omg! I love this trend! Not only is it chic, but it’s so forgiving and flattering. This is definitely a go to style for me especially on days when I want to feel ladylike and pulled together without all the extra effort.

    In fact, I recently added a peplum jacket very similar to the first picture featured here to my ever growing peplum collection! I actually posted a picture in my photo gallery if you want to see the entire look:)


    Simmy P.

  • Rachel Trampel

    I love the peplum trend! I think it is very girly and equally flattering on all body types! I am actually wearing a vintage peplum blazer today with a pencil skirt! :) I also just ordered a teal lace peplum top that I can’t wait to wear!

  • Marielisa Gomez

    Loving this trend so much! It’s really elegant and girly. Especially for the tops! LOVE! I leave this new post


  • Alexandra Lasota

    I think it’s cute but don’t know if it’s for me. I saw it on la bloggers viva la luxury website and loved the way she paired it. Don’t know if I’m game enough to try this trend. Think for now I’ll stick with floral dresses like this:

    And whit lace skirts :) received my first one in the mail yesterday!

  • mehreen blank
  • Annie Matar

    Already got one ! So chic

  • Martin M

    ladylike tanks are so perfect for the war season. Right now in Germany it is so hot really like summer :) Perfect piece for these temperatures. XOXO

  • Sky Lisette McGeorge

    I <3 peplums in pastles! But I much prefer them in dresses than as shirts. I got a picture of me in a Peplum for my putfit of the day! :D

  • Kellie Norton

    I love the peplum trend!! I just can’t find any stores in my town that sell it!! I have to start online shopping :-)

  • Petra Zeller

    Definitely going to try. I love it. It looks so pretty.
    xo, Petra

  • Giselle Escamilla

    I love the peplums because its a different style and I did try a dress but it looked bad:( but I will keep looking to find the one I love:)

  • Michelle LaPorte

    I love peplums! I just got a gorgeous lavender one from Forever21 that I plan on doing a blog post on this week!!

  • Phoebee R.

    i’m loving this trend !!

  • Julie Madsen

    I have the peplum top you designed for Kohls last year in two colors! Love it. Just uploaded pics to my profile of me wearing it while in Laguna Beach.

  • Jessa Kaiser

    I absolutely love this trend. I think it’s so feminine/girly and vintage…which I totally love. (:

  • Melissa mould

    I love peplum blouses, they’re so easy to style and look so flattering.

    I have a cream one which i’ve featured a few times on my style blog – I also shot another post today with it too which will be going live this week :)

    Mel x

  • Rachael Olear

    I love peplums! Does anyone know where I could get some?

  • Emilie

    Ruffles are so adorable!

    xo Emilie

    PS please check out my latest blog post @

  • chamil

    I love peplums. Where can you buy them?

  • Claire Moffatt

    I love peplums, purely because the give you a fabulous shape and are beyond feminine :) I have one in a lime green and it adds the perfect pop of colour x

  • Liesl

    I’m so scared of this trend, even though I think it’s really girly and pretty. I’m not sure if I’ll wear it right… LOL

    Liesl xxx

  • Caitlin Meredith Waters

    Love these tops… too cute :)

  • jasmijn

    I am plus size and this trend makes me nervous LOL

  • Cassidy Short

    Love the peplum trend! Too bad I made a commitment not to buy anything fashion related for an entire year….yikes! :)

  • Claudia Merrill

    I have a peplum skirt that i got from syndey fashion week..the best skirt i even bought!! love the trend and the post :)

  • Lush-Fab-GLAM.COM

    Peplum are definitely a must have summer fashion :), I wrote a blog post on how to wear them and where to find them on a budget. Check it out:

  • marija jurlina
  • Jennifer VG

    I like this trend! Really pretty and a lot of possibilities wearing it (casual, elegant, sporty,..).

    I didn’t buy one but I ‘DIY’ with a old dress wich I didn’t wear anymore :)

    XO Jenn,

  • Barefoot Duchess

    got one myself yesterday and I am thrilled =)

  • Melissa mould

    I thought i’d link to my post with a peplum and pink jeans – very similiar to this. teamed it with my must have H&M accessories too :)

  • Lisa McK

    Dont think this trend is for me. I have an hourglass figure and I think it would make my hips look even bigger.

  • Leanne

    Loving these. They’re my favourite trend!

    Love from South Africa

  • Karina Zajac

    I think it’s not my style, but why not. I could give it a chance.

  • Stephanie DiMaggio

    I posted Peplums on my blog awhile back!

  • Jacy Tilton

    I love peplums on tops, skirts, & dresses….the classic 40’s feel is just perfect & so ladylike :) If I find an affordable version that fits right I will definitely snatch it up!


  • Linh Ly

    I love all those peplum pieces, espcially the mint green skirt from Zara!

  • Jill J.

    I love peplums…I even wrote a blog piece that was very similar! I admire your taste! :)

  • Rebecca Lawson

    I love peplums! I love that they add that additional feminine touch to an outfit.

    I will try peplums on my next skirt. Thanks Lauren!!

  • PlumeIt

    Peplums are out-there enough to catch someone’s eye, but understated enough to not feel too fancy. Perfect way to spice up an outfit!

  • Lindsay Salazar

    Very petite,pretty color. Love this. <3 xo Georgia Girl!!

  • Adrianna

    OMG guys. I love the opening photo with the white peplum top and green pants. Are you able to let us know where to buy them?



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