How to Wear a Peplum if You Have Curves
by Tina Boomerina (Christina Gregoire)
Okay, usually I don’t write about clothing that I haven’t worn myself, but peplums are so in with the In Crowd, I’m thinking about trying on a peplum dress or top (in the luxury of my own home, through the magic of online shopping).
As you can imagine, I’m not quite ready to try on this new trend in a Nordstrom dressing room where some young sales associate, who I don’t know and shouldn’t care about, might see me.
What is a Peplum?
If you grew up in blue jeans, you might not know much about peplums. A peplum is a short overskirt or flounce, usually attached to a jacket or dress. Well, if you try to picture Joan Crawford in a suit, your mind will eventually show you a peplum jacket. However, peplums can also be found attached to sweaters, skirts, and even pants.
Although I don’t think I’ve ever worn a peplum in my life, I have an easy time visualizing different silhouettes on various body types. Therefore, you can count on me to search the internet, give you the best info, and shield you from any wrong advice from young, skinny, but well-meaning, bratatatat teenies. (Well, I do make mistakes every now and then, but most of the time, I’m spot on.)
One of the best quotes about finding the right peplum for your body comes from The Telegraph. According to Hilary Alexander, “The secret of a successful peplum is in the cut and fit, and the balance between shoulder, hip and waist to achieve that all-important hourglass silhouette.”
In other words, a peplum can make you look like schnizzlefits if you don’t get it just right. However, do not give up on the idea just yet, because a good, well-proportioned peplum can make your waist look smaller and become the focal point of this modern look.
What Kind of Peplum is Right for You?
Peplums come in all kinds of silhouettes. There are various shapes and sizes, like frilly and ruffled or stiff and architectural. Some peplums are so small they’re barely noticeable, while others are the only thing that anyone will notice. And, in theory, there is a peplum style that will look great on you, by camouflaging your fat tush or balancing out your top-heaviness. The trick is to find the right type of peplum that flares out in just the right spot (where you’re the skinniest) and ends at just the right spot (so you’re not drawing attention to your least favorite area).
- If you have an hourglass-shaped body, peplums can exaggerate your, already ideal, proportions.
- If you have a top-heavy or inverted-triangle body, adding bulk to your lower half will balance out your upper half and make you look like you have a waist, while hiding your tummy.
- If you have a big-bootied, pear-shaped body, the right peplum will camouflage your hips and butt.
- If you’re as skinny as a string bean, a peplum will add some luscious curves to your skinny bod…but we don’t really care about you because you look good in everything. "And, have some more spaghetti, dear."
How to wear a peplum
Here are various tips that may or may not help you in your search for the hottest peplum for your body. Remember that most clothing “tips” are a list of what... (please continue to the next page by clicking here)
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