Drop-Waist Peplum

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This idea is a mix between two fashion trends that appeared in 2013. Peplum is a short flared, gathered, or pleated strip of fabric that is traditionally attached at the waist of a woman’s dress or blouse. Drop-waist is a style of waistline on a dress cut so that the seam is positioned at the hips rather than the waist. Put the two together, and you’ve got dozens of women lined up in front of department stores in order to keep up to date with the ever changing world of fashion. Drop waist was a style popular among flapper women in the 1920’s, and the comeback of this trend is slowly creeping in. But now they’re putting a whole new twist on it by incorporating peplum into the equation.

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I don’t have one of these, but I think they are absolutely adorable! They seem to suit smaller figures, though, as they don’t cinch at the waist or flatter any curves you may have. But, if you like it, wear it! The #1 rule of fashion is to only wear clothes that make you happy. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks.

 

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Sentimentality aside, drop-waist peplum can come in both blouse or dress form. They make the wearer look more youthful and innocent, giving a doll-like appearance. If you need to hide any of that dreadful bloating, the drop-waist fortunately can hide anything and everything. Companies use all kinds of fabrics, colors, and patterns.

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This trend is typically for girls, sorry. I suggest pairing a like pink drop waist dress with grey knee-high socks and burgundy wedge oxfords. If your style isn’t as vintage-esque, then I suggest a black drop-waist peplum blouse with leather or darkwash jeans and a white blazer or bomber.

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Prices vary greatly depending on the retailer and they’re not too popular in regular department stores yet. Hopefully, we’ll see these types of outfits in time for the summer!

TL;DR: pephem = super versatile and super trendy.

Kimono Tops

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Brands that sell these: Brandy Melville – www.brandymelville.com; Topshop – www.topshop.com

Okay, these things are just gorgeous. I don’t know if it’s because of the oriental vibe or what, but I cannot wait to rock one of these. I recently bought one but haven’t gotten around to wearing it. I wonder why? *cough**cough* i only wear a uniform everyday *cough**cough.* I digress. Kimono tops resemble shawls or giant scarves with holes for your arms. Essentially, they are wraps that add extra style to your outfit.

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Kimono tops can be made up of a variety of fabrics, like chiffon or cotton. (kimono jackets exist too but they are made of sturdier fabric.) The pattern can also vary, but they typically have flowers, resembling actual kimonos. Some have tassels lining the bottom, also. They look flattering on any body shape, so don’t worry. but if you’re a guy or girl, they’re worn a bit differently:

Guy: To be honest, guys don’t really wear kimono tops but at least a few do. If you have an inkling about trying these out, I suggest picking a solid, dark color, such as navy or black. Then pair it with a sold t-shirt, tank top, or collared shirt. Finally, finish the look with some dark denim pants. 

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Girl: These are best worn with a white or pastel colored tank top or t-shirt, high waisted shorts, and some combat boots. if you want to look dressier, I suggest a dress with a solid color (to balance out the pattern in the already eye-catching top) and mid-length (to contrast the flowy-ness of the top.)

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This is best and most worn in the spring, so hurry and buy one before everyone starts wearing it! If you haven’t already noticed, they don’t provide any warmth whatsoever so sorry. Depending on the fabric, tops like these can run from $30-$90 bucks. Try this trend out, you won’t regret it!

TL;DR: Buy a kimono top and be ultra trendy for the spring season.