the age of the peplum.
Where to start?
This trend graced Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Runways like crazy for Spring/Summer 2012.
I wasn’t a fan at first…but it’s growing on me, for sure.
noun, plural: pep-lums pep-la [-luh]
1. a short full flounce or an extension of a garment below the waist, covering the hips.
2. a short skirt attached to a bodice or jacket
3. Obsolete. a peplos.
1670-80 < Latin < Greek *péplon (neuter; only plural pépla occurs). See peplos.
Peplum originates in the Greek word for ‘tunic’ and may refer to one of the following:
- a genre of Italian films also known as ‘Sword and Sandal‘
- Peplos, a kind of women’s garment in ancient Greece
- Short overskirt that is usually attached to a fitted jacket, blouse or dress
A peplos (Greek: πέπλος) is a body-length Greek garment worn by women before 500 BC. The peplos was a tubular cloth folded inside-out from the top about halfway down, altering what was the top of the tube to the waist and the bottom of the tube to ankle-length. The garment was then gathered about the waist and the open top (at the fold) pinned over the shoulders. The top of the tube (now inside-out) draped over the waist, providing the appearance of a second piece of clothing.
Just a little history there for you!
Now, here’s a look at some of my favorite peplum pieces:
<Tibi Simona Sleeveless Dress>
<Elin Kling in a black, short-sleeved, peplum top>
<Karlie Kloss in Cushnie et Ochs>
<Olivia Palermo in Mulberry>
<Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli>
<Aimee Song in H&M>
<Made in Kind by Tracy Reese for Anthropologie>
<Solange Knowles in Rachel Roy>
<Blair Eadie in ASOS>
I’d love to hear which one is your favorite!
Do any of you own any peplum pieces you’ve worn out? If so, what kind of response did you get?
I have a skirt with a small peplum that I’m thinking about pulling out of the closet sometime soon!