Peplums were originally found in twentieth century fashion as blouses or dresses that were flared or ruffled at the waist. Many women in the 1940’s made peplum dresses using McCall’s patterns. These were chic, sophisticated dresses, generally done in checks and bright colors. The flaring or ruffling accentuated cinched waistlines.
Then, not much was heard about the peplum style in American fashion until it was reinvented in the 1980’s in the form of a dropped skirt with ruffles or gathered flounces or tiers. While these were pretty dresses, employing a palette of florals, prints and patterns, they did not remain in the fashion spotlight long.
For over twenty-five years, little was mentioned about the peplum and few women, if any, wore them. Today, the peplum is back and bigger than ever. Peplum tops, blouses and dresses can be found in virtually every store.
See what Getty Photo’s fashion headliners are wearing this year: Gundis Zambo attended the Sat.1 GOLD TV Channel Launch at the Filmcasino in a short black body-con dress with a striking white peplum. India Hicks attended the celebration of HSN Digital Redesign in a gorgeous white peplum dress. Johanna Klum attended the Marc Stone Autumn/Winter 2013/14 fashion show wearing a white peplum dress accentuated by a fitted black jacket.
Peplum looks are appearing at department and discount stores throughout the country. Walmart, one of the most popular venues for frugal fashionistas, placed peplum styles by Brooke Leigh, Alexia Taylor and Bella Bird among their fashion picks for spring 2013.
This spring, black, white and royal blue seem to be dominant colors, creating striking combos and elegance in simplicity. While we may not be walking down runways or attending fashion shows, we can wear the new peplum styles effectively for career, campus, corporate and casual looks. The pieces at Walmart are easy to mix and match, and extremely affordable. They work well with most figure types, and are sleek and chic. Paired with Heart in D or City Classified pumps, they are reminiscent of the glamour of the forties.
Among Walmart’s peplum picks are:
- Smart and Sexy women’s zipper back peplum dresses $18.88
- Smart and Sexy women’s peplum skirts $14.88
- Smart and Sexy women’s zipper back peplum tops $12.88
- Alexia Taylor women’s ponte peplum dresses $17.88
- Alexia Taylor women’s ponte peplum sleeveless tops $12.88
- Alexis Taylor women’s plus size curvy knit peplum dresses $19.88
- Alexis Taylor women’s plus size knit peplum tops $14.88
To see the complete selection of spring fashion savings, please visit Walmart’s website.
As always, maximize your style and minimize you spending~