What is a Peplum?

The peplum trend is one that has been around for a few seasons now and doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon. What is a peplum, you ask? Peplums are a type of ruffle or accent that hangs from the waistline of clothing. They can be found in dresses, skirts, and even jeans these days. Peplums come in all shapes and sizes, so there’s definitely a style out there for everyone.

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What is a Peplum?

Who knew that the peplum had such a long history? This fashion trend can be seen in old copies of Godey’s Lady’s Book from around 1858-1862.

A piece worn overskirt attached to fitted jackets, this early example dates back to the 19th century!

The early peplum was a flounce that would often hang from the waist and not always be attached. Today, the modern version of this suit is often seen in women’s clothing. It took off in popularity during World War II as it became popular for wearing at home or work with matching accessories like earrings and necklaces to go along your outfit! The fit can be either fitted around the waist but has fabric extending past it so that there will always remember who you’re dressed up by – even if someone else wears something similar just after midnight while walking down Fifth Avenue after eating dinner at a four-star restaurant.

Created in the early nineteenth century, the peplum was a popular overskirt worn by women across the world. Commonly made from light fabrics, the peplum would hang loosely from the waist and often wasn’t attached to the main garment.

Thanks to its forgiving and light fabric, the peplum was a key trend during World War II when women had to take on men’s roles while they were away at war. A fitted jacket would often have a peplum attached to it, creating a feminine and flattering silhouette.

The flare of the peplum was often designed to create a more youthful appearance. The garment would be tailored closely around your stomach and hips while leaving the emphasis on those tight waistlines that were so popular in fashion at one point or another throughout history – usually seen with an attached skirt which also has some kind of Flemming detail like lace applied directly onto its fabric base.


Peplums are a trendy way to add shape and style to any outfit. They can be worn in dresses, skirts, or even jeans. Here’s how to wear the trend with three different outfits!

  • Peplum Dress: Pair your peplum dress with heels for an elegant look that will take you from day to night in seconds! To complete this look, accessorize with a clutch and statement earrings.
  • Peplum Skirt: A peplum skirt is perfect for adding some flair while still maintaining modesty. This look is great for work with a blouse tucked into the front of the skirt and nude pumps (to avoid showing off too much skin). Add an oversized sweater if it gets cold outside!
  • Peplum Jeans: For a more casual look, try pairing your peplum jeans with a graphic tee and Converse sneakers. This look is perfect for a day of errands or a fun night out with friends. No matter how you style it, the peplum trend is sure to turn heads!

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