There are certain trends that basically come "in and out" every few seasons. I consider these to be sort of like yo-yo trends—they’ll rise up in a noteworthy way one year only to basically die down the next before they rise back up, and so on. Peplum tops (when fabric gathers at the waist and flares out) are one of said trends.
TBH, you probably have a few peplum shirts in the back of your closet from when the trend dominated a few years ago and everyone (legit, everyone) seemed to wear them thanks to their inherently chic and elegant nature. Well, it may be time to include pretty peplum-detailed pieces in your arsenal of standbys come 2020. That’s right, some of the biggest runway heavy-hitters from Tibi to Alexander McQueen showcased modern interpretations of the trend with ruffle-like accents and cropped shapes throughout their S/S 20 collections.
Below, I rounded up a bit of visual inspiration for the return of the peplum top for you, as showcased on the runway and through street style. I also shopped out a range of the coolest, most fashion-forward peplum tops to buy right now if you’re ready to re-introduce the look into your closet. Welcome back, peplum.
Khaite’s interpretation of the peplum showcases how the trend has evolved in 2020 with the ruffled bottom, ruched bodice, and cap-sleeve detail.
This slightly cropped peplum top in the sweet orange hue at Tibi is especially modern with the monochromatic cargo trousers.
Alexander McQueen’s bold leather peplum jacket-top hybrid is striking with the puff sleeve and strong shoulders.
Never shy of bold colors, MSGM amped up the peplum with an eye-catching color-blocked option with laser-cut details.
This sophisticated peplum outfit at Michael Kors feels classic yet incredibly of-the-moment with the addition of the studded belt.
Style Tip: A white peplum top with sharp sleeves pairs flawlessly with straight-leg jeans for that casual 9-to-5 life or in that 5-to-9 life as well.
City Chic Lola Button-Front Peplum Top ($45)
Style Tip: A matching set is no-fail (toss both pieces on, and you’re set) and quite forward with unexpected accessories like canvas sneakers and mesh bag.
Topshop Long Sleeve Puff Top ($68)
Style Tip: A peplum top in a neutral hue that has a touch of shine is so modern with light-wash jeans for any holiday party this season.
ASTR the Label Metallic Reversible Peplum Top ($59)
Style Tip: Make an instant statement in a black peplum top with eye-catching details like the sheer paneling and high neck here. Try it with an equally bold pencil skirt and knee-high boots to take the vibe to the next level.
Missguided Peplum Top ($25)
Style Tip: Add a belt to a white blouse to give it even more dimension teamed with statement pants and black booties.
Pixie Market Lauren Wide Collar Blouse ($109)
Style Tip: A peplum blouse with architectural elements (like the balloon sleeves) is impactful on its own, and requires nothing more than a pair of black pants and fun flats.
Eloquii Puff-Sleeve Peplum Top ($65)
Style Tip: Similar to the Alexander McQueen look above, the jacket-top peplum hybrids are ramping up to be a must-have for a polished vibe paired with trousers for elegant affairs.
Anna Mason Stella Metallic Crepe Peplum Jacket ($910)
Now, shop more peplum tops:
H&M Peplum Sweater ($60)
All In Favor Satin Button Peplum Top ($49)
Only Sara Peplum Blouse ($32)
Madewell Peplum Sweater ($95)
Eloquii Asymmetrical Peplum Velvet Top ($85)
Vero Moda Square-Neck Peplum Shirt ($18)
Chelsea and Walker Erica Top ($345)
Staud Puff-Sleeve Peplum Top ($225)
This article originally appeared on Who What Wear
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