Thursday, 6 August 2009

Trend Alert! - Peplum Dresses

I love the new trend for peplum dresses! The vintage style has been updated into a fresh new look, which is perfect for creating a curvy and sophisticated silhouette.

A brief history: the peplum design apparently originated in ancient Greece. The style is most commonly associated with the 1940s and 1980s. In the twenties, the dresses and jackets were used to accentuate a tiny waist and hourglass figure. In the revival of the style in the eighties, it was, well, a bit more dramatic.

The peplum dress has made another comeback and is now the must have cocktail dress of the season.

I love the example taken from the Louis Vuitton Autumn/Winter 2009 collection from Marc Jacobs. I think it may be just a little over my budget though! A number of celebrities have been spotted wearing the style, including Rihanna and The City’s star, Whitney Port.

What’s great about this style is that there is so much variety, with straps or strapless, long or short and with the ruffles as elaborate or as simple as you like. ASOS has a great selection at the moment, prices ranging from £12.50 to £160, with dresses suitable for both formal and more casual occasions.

Ladies, will you be wearing this style to your next dinner party?