April 14, 2014
Spring is here and it’s time to start pulling out the pretty dresses! YEAH!! There are so many options and styles available, from A-line to Body-con, but how do you know what works best for your shape? Do you know how these dresses will fit your body? Will they flatter your figure or will they make you look heavier than you are? How do you even begin?
Jane Janeczko on
December 3, 2013
If you don’t spend much time on social media, you may not have seen a recent article featured on the Huffington Post called “23 Trends Guys Hate (But Women Love).” It appeared in the Style section and it quickly became a heavy traffic piece, earning a lot of page views, hundreds of comments, and thousands of Facebook shares.
The 23 trends ranged from peplums to leggings to hair bows, and each “trend” (keep in mind that that term is being used loosely) was punctuated with comments from various men who had been asked to sound off on what they like and don’t like in the wardrobes of their respective friends and girlfriends.
The very concept of seeking a man’s validation for your clothing choices is inherently problematic. I firmly believe that as long as you are comfortable, happy, and confident with your wardrobe, there is no reason to change it. Believe it or not, boys – women do not dress for you when they’re planning their outfits. In fact, there’s a great blog that the HuffPost article linked to, called The Man Repeller, which is run by wonderful women who don’t give two hoots what guys think about their outfits.
In case you’re wondering what a man repeller is, check out this convenient description on the blog, because trust me – it’s a good thing.
Since I feel like the HuffPost article may have been unkind to boykind (surely not all of their judgments are that ridiculous and offensive), I copied the list down and sent it to the boys in my life to get their impressions. This is what they said:
“What is a peplum? Is that like that shirt you were wearing at that thing on Friday? Yeah, it was nice.”
“A cheerleading uniform? Like “pep?”
“Kim Kardashian wears those a lot. They’re pretty hot.” [ed note: It's true Kim K. does wear those a lot].
Jane Janeczko on
September 18, 2013
When they made their comeback about a year ago, I did not understand the appeal of peplums. The peplum was first seen in Ancient Greece on both male and female togas, but the trend as we know it with the more sculptural aesthetic, appeared in the 1930’s when women’s suits started to become very popular, as seen on celebrities like Joan Crawford. After fading away in the 1960’s and 1970’s when loose, draped silhouettes returned, the peplum came back with a vengeance in the 1980’s complete with the obligatory shoulder pads to create a “balanced look.” (See: Sue Ellen Ewing of Dallas). Last spring, the peplum once again made a reappearance and I simply decided to sit back and watch it die out, just like I did with the velour sweatsuit craze of the early 2000’s. Lately, however, I have started to notice some more subdued peplums in tops and jackets that piqued my interest and I thought that it might be worth a try so I picked up the IGIGI Florence Peplum Top.
Don’t miss out on peplum style
As soon as I tried it on, I knew that I had been missing out. Initially, I was not overly enthused with peplums because I knew that the style is designed to make your hips look larger and add a bit of volume and my hips are large enough as it is. However, I completely underestimated how small the peplum would make my waist look. A peplum, even a relaxed peplum, can give you a perfect hourglass figure and the Florence Top did not disappoint. I paired it with a pair of jeggings and black heels to balance out the vibrant cobalt and green. I wore this outfit for a movie date with some friends. Ironically, I decided to go with a pair of skintight jeggings instead of some wide-leg jeans or trousers because I liked the super curvy affect that the Florence top gave my hips.
I would also wear this top with a pencil or a body conscious (body con) skirt to play up the shape even more. If you wear a peplum skirt try it with a fitted top for a similar silhouette.
Part of my initial issue with peplums was their tendency to fly up and therefore look shorter than they are intended to. However, the Florence Peplum Top comes with a detached, layering tank which erases that problem completely.
All peplums are not made equal
After I had such a success with this top, I thought that I would give a more structural jersey, peplum dress a try. I did not even make it out of the dressing room. The peplum started too low on my waist and the jersey bunched oddly, looking almost like a napkin. For a peplum to be truly successful on a plus-size frame, it is vital for the cut above the peplum to hit you at your natural waist (i.e. the smallest part of your body) allowing the flare to float away from your midsection. Otherwise, the peplum can make you look twice your size, which is a look that no one is interested in. The peplum creates an utterly feminine silhouette so feminine fabrics, like lace, or floral prints really play up that femininity and can be demure while still be sexy especially since lace and florals can make your bust look larger. For an edgier look, try a leather peplum skirt or a studded peplum belt to vamp it up and add a biker chic look to your wardrobe.
How do you like to wear peplums? Tell me in the comments.