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Peplum — the latest trend on catwalks
July 30, 2013, 1:51 pm

Peplum is one of the hottest trends for the runways and celebrities, but there is a myth out there that this style is only for slim and trim figures. Whether you are a size 2 or 22, you can make this trend work for your body type, provided you pay attention to the following:

Start with shapewear: Peplum is amazing for creating an hour-glass figure because the frilly part of the top or dress expands outward right at the top of the hips, making your waist look smaller and your hips wider — remember it is all about that waist-to-hip ratio. Still, in creating that silhouette, you want the glass to be smooth and flare out only where the shirt does, not because of belly bulges or back fat. A good one-piece slimmer can straighten all that out. 

Cinch: If shapewear isn't enough to give you the ratio you are looking for, you can always cinch the waist more with a belt. Placing a wide belt over the midsection not only covers anything you don't want seen, it also adds more dimension to the dress and, while it brings the tummy in, the hips stand out more which is perfect for this look. A skinny belt is also a nice accessory to add if you are not self-conscious about your middle.

Keep it simple: Peplum is already an exaggerated look so there is no need to go overboard with wild patterns or bright colors. You can if you want to, but if you are nervous about pulling this style off, keep it simple with monochromatic colors, or better still black, to draw less attention. If you still want to add color, do it with accessories. Though some women look great with accessories at a minimum, and instead they play with waist belts to create the style they want. Also, skip the designs with extra-large poofs on the hips and try more structured tops and dresses that flow away at the hip rather than add a huge boxy layer of fabric around that section. 

Swap pants for skirts: Some of you might be thinking it is not your waist you are worried about, it is your hips. Try a peplum top with a pair of pants rather than a skirt. The pencil skirt bottoms that typically go with the peplum look tend to fit snug in order to accentuate the overall silhouette, but swapping out a pair of pants with a peplum top gives you a little bit more control over the fit. Instead of leggings or a mini-skirt you could do a straight leg or even wide-leg trouser that won't fit so tight on the hips and make you feel like they stand out too much. Thigh mini-minimizing shapewear can also ease your fears.

Choose the right peplum: Peplums can have both sliming and voluminous effects, so you can cover your flaws and highlight your best assets. To accentuate your waist, go for a peplum on a jacket that is short and cute and that ends right above your hips. For extra volume to the hips, think a skirt or a dress with puffy and fancy peplum that ends on your body's mid-section. Or you can make your hips look narrower by selecting a sleek peplum with no volume that ends after the widest section of your hips. 

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