Saturday, 21 July 2012

today i love... peplums

ASOS Revive silk and mesh peplum blouse / £13.50 (reduced from £45)

Well, if I'm honest, I'm not all that sure that I do actually love peplums. It's a trend that's been gathering pace for a while now, to the point where it seems you can't move for frivolous frills adorning tops, dresses, skirts and jackets alike. But there's something inherently prim about the peplum, which is making me wary. Generally speaking I'm an advocate of minimalism: as few frills and fussy details as possible, please. This isn't a hard and fast rule, of course (in fashion rules are absolutely made to be broken, after all), but it's safe to say that given the choice between a smart figure-hugging secretary dress and a pair of little leather shorts, I know I'd gravitate towards the shorts every time. Perhaps it's that the peplum seems far too grown-up and ladylike, too. But when a trend like this refuses to die, I can't help but take a second look. Even my fellow minimalists Elin Kling and Caroline Blomst have taken the peplum plunge. So I've scoured the high street for a few "soft" peplum options for the waist-frill-wary. No skirts or dresses, you'll notice; I think tops and jackets are a much less scary option for the uninitiated. The key is to dress these items down a bit: team Topshop's grey peplum top with ripped denim, or pair ASOS' girly blouse with leather trousers. Look for details to toughen things up, too: the hard zip on Topshop's white jacket or the butter-soft leather of Zara's. After all, we shouldn't forget how flattering the peplum can be, so maybe taking a little fashion risk could pay off in dividends.

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  1. I know what you mean about peplums, it is basically impossible to avoid them on the high street now! Love the new layout, btw x


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