Despite being seen on everyone from Kim Kardashian to Kim Middleton, the detail is still fresh and novel. The shapely cut means that it has a unique quality, able to add curves to a boyish figure, yet at the same time can flatter a more voluptuous frame to stunning effect. It can even be used to hide a baby bump! A small overskirt adds detail to tops, dresses and skirts that might otherwise be considered too basic or boring. This small 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 simple to blend with other trends. For example, you can pair a cream peplum top with a statement pair of ankle-grazing trousers or pencil skirt – two more of the season’s wardrobe favourites. 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 such as black, cream and nude are statement enough to look fashionable, without that fast-fashion feel that trendy prints might have. This means that you won’t be recycling them after just a couple of wears – and if you opt for pieces that have further details, such as embellished necklines, or striking sleeves, they will keep you looking interesting for even longer.