Get Peppy for the Peplum!

Spring is in the air! So what if Punxsutawney Phil predicts that there will be six more weeks of winter, that doesn’t mean we can’t start incorporating spring trends into our wardrobes now. Spotted in numerous spring 2012 runway shows, from Jason Wu to Chanel, the peplum was a standout favorite among designers. For those who may not be familiar with this popular 1950s trend, the peplum is essentially an overskirt or ruffle that flares out at the waistline of a skirt, dress or top.

In addition to being ultra-feminine and girly, the peplum silhouette is super flattering. If you’ve always desired an hourglass shape, then look no more, the peplum will instantly give you ladylike curves.

From effortlessly chic to downright glamorous, here are three ways to incorporate the peplum into your daily style.

Here is an impeccable ensemble that is perfect for the classroom or running errands around town. Dress up a pair of skinny leg jeans with a chic peplum top, statement jewelry and cute flats and let the compliments roll in! Go simple with a solid-colored peplum top or be bold with floral, polka dots and animal prints, just to name a few.

For girls who aspire to always be pretty in pink, this peplum dress is just what you need.
Wear this ensemble to a formal social, a spring wedding, or a Sunday brunch with the parents.
Never underestimate the power of a peplum! Pair it with a pristine cardigan, classy flats and your favorite pearls for a polished look.

For the fashion-forward fashionista, be daring and mix it up! Dress it up or down, a peplum skirt can take you from day to night. For a casual look, try a white tee and flats, or to glam it up, opt for a blazer and pumps. Don’t limit yourself to cotton peplum skirts, try ones that are silk or covered in sequins!

4 Affordable Peplums - All Under $50!

Eternal Flame of Love Skirt from Modcloth - $42.99
Perfect for Valentine’s Day, this red peplum skirt will quickly become a staple in your closet!

Sleeveless Peplum Top from Forever 21 - $19.80
Haven’t you heard? Orange is a must-have color this spring! For just under $20, this peplum top is a steal. Juxtapose its intense hue with a zany striped skirt or wear it with jeans.

Wear in the World Teal Dress from Lulu's - $40.00
Flirty and fun, this heart-shaped bodice dress is calling for you! Give your LBD (little black dress) a break with this peplum dress in a stunning shade of turquoise.

Spot the Fashionista Dress from Modcloth - $47.99
Show your wild side by donning a leopard print peplum dress. As conventional as solids are, sometimes they just don’t cut it! 

Now that you know the power of the peplum, try adding one to your closet this spring!

By: Anjerika Wilmer | Images: Polyvore, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

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