2012 summer trend

2012 summer trend- peplum

by jani on June 22, 2012

Peplum is a funny sounding word… makes me think of toothpaste (Pepsodent) or maybe not. It is another throwback to years past, when peplum was all the rage. If  by now, you don’t know the term, it comes from the Greek word meaning “tunic”. In the world of fashion it is simply an over-skirt or ruffle that sits at the waste of blouses, dresses or jackets and it’s another 2012 retro trend. I love this paprika peplum strawberry blouse!

strawberry peplum

Paprika low top
£29 – rarelondon.com

Miso flat shoes
£12 – republic.co.uk

J Crew leather handbag
$148 – jcrew.com

Marc by Marc Jacobs brass jewelry
$65 – net-a-porter.com

Feather jewelry
$490 – endless.com

Genie by Eugenia Kim fedora hat
$70 – intermixonline.com

Marc jacobs sunglasses
$325 – marcjacobs.com


Add a bright floral peplum blouse over neon jeans and you have another great summer look. The print Gucci bag accessorizes this outfit and emphasizes the use of pattern on pattern, which is very in-style this season.

multi floral peplum

Floral top
£30 – riverisland.com

Nine West open toe heels
£65 – houseoffraser.co.uk

Gucci blue print bag
£430 – flannelsfashion.com

Marc by Marc Jacobs daisy earrings
£40 – net-a-porter.com

Cuff jewelry
$30 – thelimited.com

Floppy summer hat
£8 – matalan.co.uk


This AX Paris polka dot dress has a retro feel; it becomes current by adding a few color blocking touches in turquoise and a pair of nude heels.

AX Paris Peplum Dress

AX Paris polka dot dress
£30 – republic.co.uk

Valentino leather clutch
£524 – farfetch.com

Marc by Marc Jacobs leather strap watch
$200 – piperlime.gap.com

Banana Republic tear drop earrings
$40 – bananarepublic.gap.com

Stella mccartney sunglasses
$225 – forwardforward.com


Put together black , white and polka dots, add a few subtle tribal pieces and you’ve got a dressier look.

Black Spot Peplum

Wallis polka dot top
$46 – wallisfashion.com

Superfine jeans
£140 – farfetch.com

Cocobelle beaded thong sandals
145 CAD – eluxe.ca

By Malene Birger fringe bag
£145 – bymalenebirger.com

Betsey Johnson set of bangle
$35 – macys.com

ASOS cross jewelry
$25 – asos.com

Forever 21 jewelry
$6.80 – forever21.com

Lanvin sunglasses
$450 – lanvin.com


Personally, I love anything retro, so I’m really loving the style of today. I hope this offers you some fun ways to incorporate peplum into your wardrobe. This look does accentuate the waistline, so if you work at hiding your waistline, as I do, this look may not work for you. But…  the big but (I always like the big but) the “tunic” is also in style and that works for me!


I’d love to hear feedback on your feelings about peplum… like it? will you wear it? Can’t wait to hear!