AW12/13: Peplum

I know it’s still August, but the stores are awash with the new season’s fashion.  One of the biggest trends of Spring/Summer 12 was the peplum, which is set to continue for Autumn/Winter 12/13.  So, what is “peplum”?

It’s a design that originated in ancient Greece, which means tunic.  Today’s interpretation of it, is a short flared, gathered or pleated fabric, which is attached to the waist of garments to create a frill.

A peplum adds a certain ladylike flair to your outfit.  It slims your waistline and accentuates your womanly curves.  What’s not to love about that?

Here are a few of my favourites at the moment.

  1. Peplum skirt, £30 from Oasis
  2. Lace peplum top, £35 from Warehouse
  3. Melanie textured peplum jumper, £95 from Reiss
  4. Peplum jacket, £70 from ASOS
  5. Alice & Olivia Victoria peplum dress, £215 from Net-A-Porter & $264 from Saks
  6. Sleeveless peplum top, £18 from Topshop

Domestic Princess tips:

  1. The best tip I can give you about purchasing a peplum garment is:  if it is super frilly, like the bed valances from the 80s, give it a miss.  What you’re looking for is something structured.
  2. When choosing your peplum, keep in mind this: fitted or flared styles.  To show off an hourglass figure, choose a fitted peplum.  If on the other hand you’re looking to add curves to your frame, opt for a flared one.
  3. If choosing a peplum skirt, the most flattering length is for the skirt to finish at, or just below your knee.
  4. A peplum jacket will look great with a pair of skinny jeans.

 Have you embraced this trend yet?  If not, will you?  I’ve got my eye on the lace peplum from Warehouse…..

With much love
The Domestic Princess



  1. Domestic Prince says:

    Dear Domestic Princess…..great article and it got me thinking….would it be possibly to do an article on where I can accentuate my manly curves?

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