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Friday , September 14 , 2012
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A peplum or a peplos is a kind of short overskirt usually attached to a fitted jacket, blouse or dress. Originating from Greece many centuries ago, this fashion trend has made a flash-forward into the present era, and how! On first look, it might seem like a severe and intimidating trend, also theatrical at times, but young designer Priyanka Khanna insists Indian women should embrace the trend. “a well-constructed peplum flatters voluptuous women (think Beyonce, Kim Kardashian and even Oprah Winfrey). It’s not true that this silhouette is only for twiggy thins. ” She lists some reasons why:

1Indian women have the gift of curves and the peplum celebrates the waist-to-hip area. Women who are proud of their narrow waist but are conscious of their lower stomach bulge can seek solace in a peplum. It covers those flaws. On the other hand, a peplum also helps accentuate curves on a ‘straight boyish’ figure. It’s versatile.

2 The waist ruffle on a peplum skirt is something that creates proportion in a body. When styled with a slim-fit shirt or even a simple camisole, the look makes you stand out in a crowd. However, keep in mind that there are different types of peplum skirts that are suited to different body types. Remember, it is all about dressing according to one’s body structure.

3 Whether you are tall, average or short and sweet, the peplum works. Short peplum dresses give an appearance of longer legs. Peplum pencil skirts that reach the knee or the narrow part of your legs can be worn by tall or average-height women. Not all of us are gifted with 37-inch catwalk legs, hence no boots of any kind (booties or thigh-highs) should be worn with peplums. Opt for some fun pumps or peep-toes.

4 If you are not used to peplums, the easiest way to incorporate the trend into your wardrobe is to start with a peplum jacket or top. It gives your outfit a sudden oomph and geometric character. The peplum on a jacket or top is advisable for women with heavier hips (it has to be placed strategically). This can be teamed with trousers, jeans or fitted skirts. Note: The peplum is an elegant ‘waist ruffle’, hence should not be worn with loose, flowing maxi skirts or baggy jeans!

Neha Dhupia

We love her classic approach to an on-trend peplum. It’s definitely the combo of the dress and the wearer that makes us double-love this classic Victoria Beckham number. While most ladies sport the trend on a sexy mini, Neha goes for the timeless touch with a midi dress. We love her accessories — the diamond danglers and flower ring are just right. In this monotone, this missy sure has come a long way.

beyonce knowles

Sexy hourglass fit. Check. Magical monotone. Check. Sassy sleeves. Check. And this so-now Alexander McQueen midi dress, with a glam front short-slit, is running for the lead at the finish line. We heart the side peplum detailing around the waist — so very chic! We’re so used to seeing this I Was Here singer in her skimpy leotards and fitted bodysuits — this classic number sure is a pleasant pleaser. Way to go, Beyonce!

Deepika Padukone

Why we love it? Sultry pose, long loose locks, dreamy lip colour and those to-die-for legs! And did we mention this oh-so-chic Alice and Olivia peplum number! The Cocktail star looks fabulous, yet again! Blame it on the dreamy dimples or the effortless poise, this lady-long-legs adds the extra oomph with her attitude.

jordin sparks

It’s lusty red for this No Air singer and so all eyes on just her. Forgoing the summer LBD or a floral sundress, Jordin wears a drool-worthy Alice and Olivia mini. The peplum in that bright hue — what’s not to love! It’s youthful, it’s vivacious and it effortlessly plays up the look of this dusky beauty. Monotone numbers are a show-stealer in such glam styles. Full marks. we say!

Peplum is a really big trend right now… I love it! It’s such a popular look these days that you are getting them everywhere… I have picked up quite a few peplums from London —