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.
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.
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.
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.
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.