Fashion Trends: peplum skirts

Peplumskirts

The peplum skirt (or dress) has popped up in fashion at various points in history, most noteably during the 40s, when this look was all the rage, but it looks like the peplum is having a bit of a “moment” again this winter, with a huge amount of skirts and dresses featuring this distinctive style.

What does everyone think of it, though? We’re normally huge fans of anything even remotely 40s-inspired, but we have to admit that while we don’t hate it by any means, this isn’t our favourite look, purely because we prefer our pencil skirts unadorned, and we think peplums can look a little fussy if not done right. When they are done right, though? Well, that’s a whole other matter…

What do you think about the current revival of the peplum, readers? Do you love it, or will you be happy to see it drift back off the fashion radar?

L-R: ASOS peplum skirt, £25;Sateen peplum skirt, £99, Karen Millen; jersey peplum skirt, £25, Topshop;

13 Comments

  • November 11, 2008

    Eva

    I like it a lot; though after working on one the whole evening yesterday and still not being happy with the result I am inclined to say that they are hard to wear if you’re not tall and slim.

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  • November 11, 2008

    Zoe

    Too 80s for my taste. I prefer my ruffled skirts of the tiered variant; adds shape and interest, but doesn’t look like you’re a candy wrapper gone wrong.

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  • November 11, 2008

    Selina

    Oh my – I totally rocked these in the 80’s! Like so many things about the 80’s I now see the error of my ways.

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  • November 11, 2008

    hiun_na

    i think every skirt above would have been better unadorned.they doesnt seem right to me and i dont get the effect they are trying to make.
    sexy? powerful? girlie?
    80’s nostalgia? maybe the last one only.

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  • November 11, 2008

    hiun_na

    i think every skirt above would have been better unadorned.they doesnt seem right to me and i dont get the effect they are trying to make.
    sexy? powerful? girlie?
    80’s nostalgia? maybe the last one only.

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  • November 11, 2008

    gokarm

    The middle one is beautiful. I quite like it, but then, I know how to do it right. I can see how these could be woefully misconstrued.

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  • November 11, 2008

    Amanda Nicole

    I, too, am a sucker for mostly anything 40s-inspired. But as a girl with hips, I can’t imagine this skirt would do me any favours.

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  • November 11, 2008

    Rock Hyrax

    I like the Karen Millen one, but not the Asos (too clingy) or Topshop (nasty material). I also wouldn’t mind having a bank balance to go with my tastes ;-}

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  • November 12, 2008

    livlah

    it worked in satc, then again, sarah jessica parker weighs less than an infant.

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  • December 20, 2008

    Kristin

    I only really like the skirt in the middle with the peplum, but like all fashion it can be a great look if used right.

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  • January 9, 2009

    xk

    The one in the middle is okay, the others are hideous. The peplum is rarely done halfway decently.

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  • May 11, 2009

    fashionista

    hmm depends really..i personally like them..i’ve got a peplum dress which is very flattering as the ruffles cover the stomach area which hides any lumps or bumps you may have.

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  • August 30, 2009

    natasha

    I love them. I think it’s great for people who haven’t got the legs for a tight fitted skirt because it hides all that.

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