"Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions."-Coco Chanel
The following conversation is fictional and did not take place (just in case there was the slightest chance you thought PR scored an interview with Kate M) .But if it did happen, we imagine it would go something like this:
PR: Oh, Duchess of Cambridge, you are looking oh so classy, yet, so on trend. What is that lovely extra layer of flouncy fabric around your hips?
Kate: Oh, that's my peplum.
Kate: Peplum, dear.
PR: Do you need a BFF?
Kate: No. I am far too fancy and busy. Besides, I have my sister Pippa.
PR: Pippa. Peplum. Got it.
One of the biggest trends for Spring is just as fun to wear as it is to say. Peplums on dresses, tops and skirts add a bit of girly retro glam to otherwise basic silhouettes. The trend first showed up in Spring and Fall 2012 runways and has been spotted on fashionable celebs like Olivia Palermo, Emma Stone (pictured above), Michelle Williams (as seen here at the Oscars) and last week on Kate Middleton (who also recently rocked another favorite Spring trend: colored denim) . If you are looking to incorporate the style into your Spring wardrobe (as seen here), the good news is that there are plenty of choices for a look that works with your body type and your level of comfort in embracing the trend. For an evening peplum look, try the peplum dress or skirt. For a more subtle and casual version, try a more streamlined peplum top. The key is to keep the look balanced. If you opt for a peplum top, keep the bottom simple and straight with skinnies or a column mini. Similarly, a peplum skirt looks best paired with a basic and tight tee. Here's a few retail items to try the trend with.
Alice + Olivia Victoria Peplum Dress
Zara Dress with Frill at the Waist
Forever 21 Contrast Trim Peplum Dress
Asos Lipsy Peplum Pointe Dress
(Not pictured) Marc by Marc Jacobs Hannah Peplum Dress
Modcloth I Can Seed Clearly Top
H&M Leather Top
Alice + Olivia Ella Striped Peplum Tee
Modcloth Eternal Flame of Love Skirt
J.Crew Peplum Top in Fresco Floral Sateen
(Not pictured):Marc by Marc Jacobs Hannah skirt
Asos top with 40's Peplum
Lulu's Colors of the Wind top
Style File: Peplum in the Glitter Guide
WhoWhatWear: Peplum dresses
DIY peplum skirt at A Pair and a Spare