It’s funny how fashion totally changes your taste, isn’t it? And then changes it again. Back when I was 12, I was head over heels in love with a dress my mom ended up buying me from Woolies: it was black and electric blue, with a dropped waist, made of shiny watermark taffeta that ruffled when you walked, had an off the shoulder ruffle and a niiiice net rose to finish it off. God, it was hideous. But at the time, which for the record, was the late ’80s, I thought it made me look awesome. Just a few years later, I wouldn’t have been seen dead in it. And the way fashion goes, I wouldn’t be surprised if one day (gulp) I look at something similar and think it looks good again. (Note to future self: NO.) The nice thing is that when trends come round again, they often do it in a gentler, subtler way. And so it is with peplums. I want to hate them, I really do, but then I look at how flattering they are, and what a difference it makes when they’re made with wedding dress materials, like floaty lace or tulle, and how many of the top designers are including them in their collections, and I have to admit, I like them. So I thought I would round up some of my favourites. Just to prove to myself, once and for all, that you can wear these without looking like a wedding version of Day to Night Barbie. Yup, they’re definitely pretty.
Credits (top to bottom, left to right): 1- Steven Khalil (Lumiere collection); 2- Watters and Watters (Fall 2011); 3- Elizabeth Fillmore (Nuria); 4- Marchesa; 5- Cocoe Voci; 6- Galia Lahav; 7- Ersa Atelier; 8- Hayley Paige; 9- Jenny Packham (Corine); 10- Larah Hannah; 11- Carolina Herrera (Alyssa); 12- Junko Yoshioka; 13- Jose Villa; 14- Jillian Fellers on Etsy; 15- Liancarlo via Be Chic; 16- Claire Pettibone; 17- Hayley Paige (Petal); 18- So Sassi Bridal/McAvoy Wedding Photography via Knots and Kisses; 19- Paddington Weddings; 20- Junko Yoshioka (Gardenia)