With A-list endorsement coming from Gwen Stefani, Dakota Fanning and Kate Middleton and the waist being one of AW12’s biggest trends, the peplum is a key wardrobe item that needs to be mastered pronto.
It’s a statement piece that will add a dramatic edge to the simplest of items (even jeans), so keep palettes simple and styling stripped back.
As the stars in this celebrity trend gallery show, black is the answer for evening wear. Anything from a pair of black leather skinnies to a silky pencil skirt will transform this curve-enhancing top into a vampish proposition.
For day, a pair of bleached jeans and an oversized blazer will look effortless while still structured. But ultimately your peplum will work best with a skirt. Leather, cotton or silky, it’s a simple solution that will create a dramatic and ultra-feminine silhouette. Pair with stilettos and then go as colourful or minimalistic as you like on the accessories.
For an altogether more modern proposition, how about styling with a pair of printed silk trousers? Mixed with neon and sci-fi accessories, it’s certainly a statement look, but one that brings the peplum bang up to date. Alternatively, a pair of slim-cut cigarette pants will have the same effect, if only slightly more subtle- and they also offer the more androgynous dressers among us the option of mixing a sexy top with something a little more conservative.
Whether you go for the skirt or printed trousers, always team with heels- never brogues or ballet pumps. It’s what this sexy silhouette demands.
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