Asked by one of my design class students what it is, I realized that I need to write a post about “peplum” – not only because it is one of this winters essential trends, but because it has several meanings.

The original word peplum comes from Greek peplos who means a loose-fitting outer garment worn, draped in folds, by women in ancient Greece, in the classical period (by 500 before Christ).

Peplum cand be:

– a short full flounce or an extension of a garment below the waist, covering the hips.
– a short skirt attached to a bodice or jacket.
– an italian muscleman genre of movies, simplistic historical or Biblical inspired epics, that dominated the Italian film industry between 1958 – 1965 (Spartacus, Maciste series).
I choose the fashion version – how peplum drained a variety of shapes, fabrics for fully mastered products.
So, peplum for winter?

Athena Parthenos - Louvre Museum, Paris

Alexander McQueen Stretch wool-blend peplum top
Preen Line Quilted leather pencil skirt

Stella McCartney Berkeley printed silk-blend peplum skirt

Hakaan Pogo textured wool-blend peplum dress

Lanvin Satin one-shoulder peplum dre

Alexander McQueen Ruffled stretch-crepe dress
Haider Ackermann Wool and silk-blend peplum jacket
Alexander McQueen Stretch wool-blend peplum top
Antonio Berardi Paillette-embellished crepe peplum top

Burberry London Wool and cashmere-blend peplum sweater

Tory Burch Erica sequined mesh peplum top

Mary Katrantzou Nebraska printed silk-blend satin dress

Burberry Prorsum Cotton-lace peplum skirt
Alice + Olivia Tiered silk-satin and chiffon peplum gown
Aimée by People Tree Organic Jersey Floral Peplum Dress

ASOS Sheer Top With Peplum And 3/4 Sleeves

Aqua New Element Structured Peplum Dress

Oasis Lip Print Peplum Dress