*UPDATED FOR 2018* 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 peplum wedding dresses. 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 peplum dresses in their collections, and I have to admit, I’m a convert. So I thought I would round up some of my favourites!
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Credits (top to bottom, left to right): 1- Lace Peplum Wedding Dress by Cest Toi Bridal Atelier; 2- Steven Khalil (Lumiere collection); 3- Watters and Watters (Fall 2011); 4- Elizabeth Fillmore (Nuria); 5- Roland Mouret Addover Satin Gown; 6- Galia Lahav; 7- Ersa Atelier; 8- Dinah Strapless Lace Bridal Gown by Davie and Chiyo; 9- Carolina Herrera (Alyssa); 10- Junko Yoshioka; 11- Justin Alexander Satin Mermaid Gown; 12- Jose Villa; 13- Jillian Fellers; 14- Kaleidoscope Zinnia Peplum Bridal Dress; 15- Liancarlo via Be Chic; 16- Claire Pettibone; 17- Short Peplum Wedding Dress by Milena Nacheva; 18- Hayley Paige (Petal); 19- So Sassi Bridal/McAvoy Wedding Photography via Knots and Kisses; 20- Halston SILK FAILLE PEPLUM DETAIL GOWN