Clueless in the Closet: How To Wear Peplums

You must have noticed by now that the peplum trend is tearing up everything from the runways to the sidewalks. Unfortunately with popularity comes imitators. And yes, there are ways to wear peplums improperly.

When done incorrectly, peplums can make your hips look wider, your legs appear shorter and give your torso some girth that you don’t want. Since they’re being sold…oh…just about everywhere right now, you are free to shop around and test out all the styles of peplums that are being thrust in our faces. Here are some things to look for.

Feel free to fake it

If you’ve already seen an overabundance of people rocking peplums and you think it might not be for you, there are ways to get a feel for it without going all the way in. Purchase a long top that goes just to your upper thigh and is a bit flowy. Cinch it with a skinny belt right at the hip bones. Pair it with a pencil skirt or skinny jeans. The part of the top that is below the belt will act as your peplum for the day. See how you like it and then shop for the real thing.

Color is no object

The great thing about this trend is that it is not color specific. There are no right or wrong hues to purchase. In fact, with the whole color blocking trend continuing its rein, you’d be smarter to buy an outfit that’s bright and pair it with a complimentingly colored bottom.


One of the most important things to consider when trying on garments with a peplum is the length of it. Too short and it will be confused with the tails of your shirt. Too long and people will think you’re wearing a mini skirt over a regular skirt. Keep the peplum no longer than ten inches under your hip bone. Any longer and it will look like your testing out the layered look instead of one much more popular.


Flimsy or bulbous? Straight edged or free flowing? The volume of the peplum depends on your own comfort level. And what you pair it with. A tight piece like a pencil skirt or skinny jeans calls for something with a little more fluff and size. Dress pants with a wider leg should be paired with a light peplum of a thinner make. Too much volume in one outfit can make the wearer look heavier.

[Telegraph UK,