How we should all choose peplum dress

By Sisi Tsoi

The Peplum the latest outline of Summer 2012, and it's set to only get more favored in the autumn. The Peplum shape is catching on, thanks to its flexibility and ability to flatter many shapes and sizes. At this point in the year, there are a great number of styles and cuts available, so you can work the peplum trend, make it your own, and stand proud of the crowd even as you work the most fashionable current style.

Notwithstanding being seen on everybody from Kim Kardashian to Kim Middleton, the detail is still fresh and novel. The comely cut implies it has got a unique quality, in a position to add curves to a boylike figure, yet at the same time can flatter a rather more curvy frame to surprising effect. It can even be used to cover a baby bump! A small overskirt adds detail to tops, dresses and skirts that might instead be considered too basic or boring. This little detail adds an instant update to any wardrobe and will ensure you stay ahead of the style curve.

The look is also open to further modification for an outfit that will be even closer to your individual style and mark you as a trendsetter. Wearing a waist belt just above the peplum skirt, for example, accentuates the waist and highlights your figure. Pairing complementary yet somewhat clashing colours - such as Emma Stone's Pink and Red Giambattista Valli dress which she wore to the Friends With Benefits film premiere - propels the look further into a fashion-forward, directional league, with the illusion of separates bringing a touch of business-like style to the ensemble.

Because the peplum is a key detail and yet is relatively neutral, it is straightforward to mix with other trends. For instance, you can pair a cream peplum crown with a statement pair of ankle-grazing trousers or pencil skirt - two more of the season's wardrobe faves. A flashback to the 80s without the nightmares of crimped hair and legwarmers, it's a retro nod that avoids that fancy dress look. Even peplum dresses in neutral tones like black, cream and naked are statement enough to look trendy, without that fast-fashion feel that hot prints may have. This suggests that you won't be recycling them after just a couple of wears - and if you go for pieces that have extra details , such as embellished necklines, or striking sleeves, they will keep you looking interesting for even longer.

Along with the transitional peplum, two of Fall's biggest trends are the colour Oxblood and Leather. Burgundy, wine and forest fruit tones, paired with peplum are an absolute fail-safe closet combination. Leather pieces such as pencil skirts and skintight jeans will look incredibly directional with a peplum top and bridge the style gap between grunge and glamour. You don't have to choose whether you're a bad girl or a good girl with peplum; you'll simply be incredibly stylish, and ready for the new season.

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