Peplum Is The New Black

By April Cossey

We’ve been seeing the trend for months now, and I think it’s safe to say that it’s not going anywhere anytime soon.

Peplum originated in ancient Greece, from the term “tunic.” It came to signify a short overskirt attached to a fitted dress, jacket, or blouse. The peplum style was created to draw attention to a small waist and created a flare to show an hour-glass shape. The design has gone through countless modifications over the years to provide us with many shapes to choose from. Now we’re able to get peplum in many different sizes that also fits everyone’s budget.

In 2009, peplum styles made a comeback on the runways with Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, and Balmain. The trend again became huge in fall 2011 and isn’t going anywhere. Giambattista Valli, Badgley Mischka, Rodarte, Alexander McQueen, and Nina Ricci, to name a few, are all over Spring/Summer 2012.

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