Monday, August 20, 2012

Peplum Wedding Dress?

Peplum has been a popular trend in 2012 - on the runways, in the stores, throughout the streets.  Everyone has seen it, but not everyone knows what to call it.  Peplum is that ruffle or short overskirt that attaches to a waistline of a dress, skirt, jacket or top.

Above is an example of a Peplum

This is by no means a new style.  Women have been wearing one style of peplum or another since at least the 1920s.  This style was brought to prominence in the 1940s (think classy suit) and then had a huge resurrection in the 1980s (think 80s prom).  This look can be amazing or tacky depending on how it's done.

This style best suits those with broad shoulders and narrow hips because it creates a sense of balance.  

Pear shaped girls beware  - choose your peplum carefully.  This look can be flattering, but if the peplum is too long it will draw attention to your hips and give you more volume where you don't need it.

I think we can agree that this is a great look for everyday wear, but what about for a wedding?  Apparently, peplums are going to be big for the 2013 wedding season. 

Angel Sanchez Gown
Marchesa Gown

Again, no one is reinventing the wheel - we saw peplum wedding dresses in the 1940s and 1980s...

1940s Peplum Wedding Dress
1980/1990s Peplum Wedding Dress

But are we ready for a round 3?  

 I will admit that some of the new peplum wedding dresses do look pretty nice, but are they a lasting style?  Or will we look back in 10 years and wonder - What were we thinking?

Reem Acra Gown
Ines Santo Gown


  1. I love peplums! The important part is to always nip straight back in underneath with a pencil skirt type shape to keep it flattering :D Beautiful!

    1. I agree. I think a pencil skirt under a peplum can look fantastic like on the Charlotte Davidson dress on your blog.