How to wear: The Peplum



WHY YOU SHOULD BE WEARING A PEPLUM.


Starting in the forties, then shown again in the eighties; the peplum has been around for quite some time and it seems to me it’s a trend that’s refusing to die. The flattering silhouette has some strong staying power! The peplum is surprisingly versatile to add to your wardrobe.

A Peplum is a short, gathered, slightly flared strip of fabric attached at the waist of a woman’s blouse, jacket, skirt or dress. The truth is a strategically placed peplum can redefine your natural body shape into the ideal hourglass shape. According to Hilary Alexander, “The secret of a successful peplum is in the cut and fit, and the balance between shoulder, hip and waist to achieve that all-important hourglass silhouette.”

Peplums come in all kinds of silhouettes. There are various shapes and sizes, like frilly and ruffled or stiff and architectural. Some peplums are so small they’re barely noticeable, while others are the only thing that anyone will notice. And, in theory, there is a peplum style that will look great on you. Got full hips? No worries! Weirdly, the peplum actually attracts attention away from your hips (and full bosoms, if you have those too). Got no hips? It works great on you too because the peplum gives the illusion of hips on your particular body type. Got a thick waistline? Problem solved! The peplum, in fact, draws the eye inward and gives the illusion of a cinched waist.

But when it comes to actually wearing one you need to choose: Peplum TOPS vs Peplum BOTTOMS? I suppose tops are easier to pull off and mix with a number of outfits: maxi skirts, mini skirts, tight, A-line, trousers, shorts, cut-offs. Peplum tops have got a bit more versatility to them. The trick is to find the right type of peplum that flares out in just the right spot (where you’re the skinniest) and ends at just the right spot (so you’re not drawing attention to your least favourite area).

PEPLUM TOPS






PEPLUM BOTTOMS






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Why We Love the Peplum – This added ruffle adds a perfect ladylike flair to your ensemble. Slimming your waistline and accentuating your beautiful, womanly curves at the same time – what’s not to love?? With peplum, your silhouette will be looking fit and curvaceous in seconds.


Stylebop.com - ROLAND MOURET Jumpsuit with Peplum
Stylebop.com - HUGO Cotton Top with Peplum
ZANDO - LINX Courtenay Frill Hem Top Grey
TAMARA MELLON Crepe Cocktail Dress


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Platform Boots

WEARING PLATFORM BOOTS

Finding the best boots is essential at this time of year and platform shoes have been on (and off) the runways for several seasons now.. Platform boots can be a treasure for people who are a little bit on the extravagant side. But also for those of you who prefer the classy look you can find something suitable for you. Platform boots come in such a variety of styles and so they can fit many different looks. I prefer the platform to be high enough to equal out the slant of the foot so I get the height but not the angle of extreme discomfort you get from traditional heels.

Platform boots look especially good with light dresses or skirts. I like wearing platform boots with knee high socks or tights. It will add some rock’n’roll accent to your feminine image. Also you can wear them with shorts and jeans, jackets and pullovers. Keep it simple: The boots are striking on their own and don't require much else. 

What I will tell you is this. If you are considering, try them on. They are basically heeled slippers. Block heel, minimal foot arch and hefty platform plus a narrow ankle that disappears under your clothes. They make us look taller and our legs look slimmer, which is why we're taking tips from fashion bloggers and street style stars on how to style a pair for an edgy look.

Scroll through to see the runway and street style inspiration; then to shop our picks of platform boots!


PHOTO Adam Katz Sinding for W Magazine
Marc Jacobs runway - platform boot
Marc Jacobs - Stasha Glittered Snake-effect Leather Platform Boots 

Athousandchapters platform ankle boot with knee high socks

Platform boots with shorts, fishnet stockings and knee high socks
Stud with lace up front platform boot
Erin Wasson wears a black belted jumpsuit & black platform boots.

Eugenie from Feral Creature in the Mulder Platform Boot by Jeffrey Campbell 
Rita Ora certainly in chunky platform boots!



Y.R.U. Nightmare Reflective Platform Boot
Stylebop.com - ALEXANDER WANG Leather Platform Ankle Boots

Zando - Miss Black Natz Platform Boot Brown R 729

Stylebop.com - ROBERT CLERGERIE Suede Platform Boots

Zando - PLUM SPINK Gusset Platform Ankle Boot Burgundy R 749


So, will you be bringing platform boots back into your rotation? Tell us why or why not in the comments!

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How to wear Long sleeve Dresses


Long-Sleeve Dresses Are Still Cute

Whether you’re a fan of the trend or not, there’s no denying that long sleeve dresses are everywhere this season. I love them because you can skip an extra layer like a cardigan or blazer, it is also a versatile addition to any woman's wardrobe. The long-sleeves are ideal for winter, as well as for transitional weather days. 

Long-sleeve dresses make for automatic outfits, keep you warm, and cover your arms if you happen to dislike them. Paired with tights, a chic coat and a pair of booties, a long-sleeve dress (or three) is essential for a balanced winter wardrobe. Check out my favourites here.

Zando - Utopia Long Sleeve Tie Front Dress Navy R 349
Zando - G Couture Knit Printed Dress Plum R 579
Styelbop - ZIMMERMANN Cotton Crochet Dress

Stylebop - BURBERRY Printed Silk Dress


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Silk or cotton, velvet or lace, short or long, monochrome or patterned, the shops have all types of dress styles, you will surely find one to suit your style. Long sleeve dresses are definitely trending.



Long sleeves floral dress 
Giovanna Battaglia working white in Paris.
Chiara Ferragni in wide-brim hat and boho-print mini dress
Elegant Velvet Long Sleeve Maxi Dress
Tadashi Shoji Long-Sleeve Mixed-Media Dress, Ivory/Primrose
Dark florals are everywhere for fall

Street Style At Paris Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2017,
powder blue long sleeve handkerchief hem midi dress.
Dennis Basso Resort 2018 Fashion Show


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