The dictionary says peplum is a short overskirt or ruffle attached at the waistline of a jacket, blouse, or dress. The peplum trend originated in the 19th century when women started wearing coats with extra overskirt to achieve the hourglass look in 1940's. Later in 1980's, fashion repeated itself and so is the peplum trend is back for Spring/Summer 2012. Peplum is just everywhere nowadays and it's not in a form of skirts or jackets alone. There are peplum dresses and peplum tops, and peplum pants, too.
I remember wearing a peplum top for the first time in high school. It was a vintage piece from one of my aunt's closet from the 80's. Actually, the top had a black and white polka-dotted skirt to pair with. I wear it to a school program one day and I really felt fabulous with it. Fast forward to two months ago, I bought myself a black peplum skirt very much similar to what Alicia Silverstone is wearing in the photo. Unfortunately, the poor thing is just waiting in the closet together with the mullet top which I bought months ago from Forever 21. Yay, I know the trend will stop anytime soon so I am planning to wear them at least once. Perhaps to the coming Philippine Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013!
So, do you have any peplum piece? How do you wear it? Any suggestions on how to wear a basic peplum skirt?