The Peplum Wedding Dress: Hot or Not?

It’s hard to avoid the fact that this spring season is all about neon hues, color blocking and peplums. And just what, exactly, is a peplum, you ask? Well love, it’s that short flare/ruffle at the waist of the jacket, blouse, dress or skirt you just tried on.


The peplum has come a long way since the ever-so-fabulous Christian Dior popularized it back in the 1940s. While peplums were once seemingly identical, the look has transformed and is now quite versatile.¬†These days, a peplum can be short or long, small or large, extremely structed or flowing; it’s all a matter of design.


Though you may have noticed the peplum look in retail stores or catalogues, the trend has steadily spread to the wedding world. Heads turned as an influx of peplum wedding gowns graced several Spring 2013 bridal runways. Designers like Carolina Herrera and Junko Yoshioka experimented with the look, while Amsale went head first with the trend, showcasing multiple peplum gowns.


However, just because a look graces the runway, doesn’t mean you have to like it. What we’d like to know is this: do you think the peplum wedding dress is hot or not? Based upon our observations, it seems the jury is split on this question. While some hold the opinion that the peplum can add fun, unexpected texture to a piece (and a defined waistline for boyish figures), others argue the extra material is just downright unflattering. Of course, like any fashion, it all depends on how you wear it, but when it comes down to it, would you rock the look on your wedding day?


To see which designs we named the best of Spring 2013 bridal, click here.

*Click photographs for original sources

By: Kelly Hamilton

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