Peplum Makes a Grand Return to Fashion


| LAST UPDATE 10/20/2023

By Amelia Taylor
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Trends are cyclical; even after something goes out of style, it will inevitably return in a tokenized nostalgic revisiting. Some trends are meant to die, but peplums are not giving up yet; from Florence Pugh to Margot Robbie, even Kate Middleton has been spotted rocking the highly contentious 2010s trend. But don't worry, these peplums aren't your mom's peplums. These peplums will flatter any figure with their more streamlined silhouettes and modern fabrics. 

The controversial trend first became prominent in the early 2010s, with brands like Jil Sander and Alexander McQueen sending them down the runway. The trend quickly caught on with consumers; peplums were everywhere in 2011 and 2012. Peplums were often paired with skinny jeans, ballet flats, and statement necklaces adorned with bold prints and colors. The peplum trend is back for 2023, but this time around, it's more subdued and sophisticated. The pleats and flares are subtler, and the peplums are often paired with oversized suits, wide-leg trousers, and maxi skirts. The peplums themselves may even extend to the floor at the seams.

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As for stars that have allowed themselves entry to the public in such a controversial statement piece? Well, the list is long. Sydney Sweeney, Gabrielle Union, Michelle Yeoh, Alexa Chung, Taylor Russell, Margot Robbie, and even Harry Styles have been spotted sporting the reignited trend. Even if it's a fashion crime, peplums are undeniably flattering for any figure. The peplum silhouette fits right in with the current comfort-core aesthetic. They give the illusion of an hourglass figure without the aid of a restrictive cinched belt and glide effortlessly over your stomach and hips.

While the peplum trend is often associated with the 2010s, it has a much longer history, dating back to ancient Greece. People of all genders wore peplums to accentuate their hourglass figures. The style became even more popular during the Renaissance era when women wore corsets and full skirts with peplums at the waist. In the 19th century, peplums were once again in fashion. This time, they were often seen in overskirts and jackets. Peplums were also popular in the 1980s, often worn in power suits. Even once the cycle runs its course, we doubt this is the last of peplums we will see.

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