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the age of the peplum.

May 10, 2012

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.


<Crush Cul de Sac>

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
  • Veil
  • 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>

<sass & bide>

<Karlie Kloss in Cushnie et Ochs>

<Olivia Palermo in Mulberry>

<Nasty Gal>

<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>

<Emma Watson>

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!




3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 10, 2012 9:18 am

    I wonder how hard it would be to turn an existing garment into a peplum top…? I should do some research. I love the trend, i think it’s a great way to look put together without having to tuck in a shirt!

  2. Evann permalink
    May 10, 2012 10:13 am

    I’ve been waiting for a peplum post! I love them!

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