with Susan Wagner
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Last weekend, a curvy friend asked how I felt about peplums. My answer: Meh.
I am not entirely opposed to a peplum; properly deployed, that little overskirt can be kind of fun. For example, I’m loving this Alice + Olivia dress with the lace overlay. It’s simple and sleek and has a clean, minimalist line. Lovely.
But that’s not really what we’re talking about when we talk about peplums, is it? Typically, a peplum is a little less minimalist and a little more … hippy.
I don’t love this look; it’s hard to wear if you have any sort of curves at all. It is also painfully reminiscent of the 1980s, and I don’t know about you but I have no desire to relive those years. At all.
Of course, peplum dresses have come a long way since the 80s. They’re much cooler now, in lots of ways. This Cynthia Steffe mixed media dress is made for a grown woman, not a high school girl. And yet, it’s still not really working for me — the asymmetrical peplum makes the model look pregnant. Or bloated. Or slouchy. Either way, not good.
What if you’re curvy, like my friend? Steer clear of the peplum, dear. Why buy a dress with built in hips if you already have a set of your own?
I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with having hips — au contraire! What I’m saying is that there are better ways to work your curves. I promise.
This dress is fabulous, and it does exactly what all those peplums are trying to do — calls attention to a tiny waist and some bangin’ curves — without adding bulk or making it look like the model’s butt is wearing a cape. The difference between these two Tadashi Shoji dresses is, in my mind, amazing — same designer, same model, completely different silhouette.
How do you feel about the peplum? Is it a yay or a nay?
Photos via Nordstrom.com.
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