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If you’re looking to update your wardrobe or add a trendy element to your sewing projects, look no further than the peplum. Designers like Jason Wu, Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen and the girls from Cushnie et Ochs were putting a little extra oomph into their runway collections by adding peplums to jackets, dresses, skirts, and tops. Check out a few of our favorite designer interpretations from the spring 2012 shows and download great BurdaStyle patterns to try the trend yourself!

Jason Wu: What Would Barbie Wear


Céline: Minimal and Modern


Givenchy: Architecturally Speaking…


Alexander McQueen: Baroque Beauties


Cynthia Rowley/Thakoon: Artistic Endeavors


Givenchy/Cushnie et Ochs: Space-Age Fantasy


BurdaStyle members have been playing around with peplums as well – check out a few of our favorite member creations and patterns to try the look for yourself.



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    Jul 19, 2012, 12.49 PMby Dave Ashton

    A great, comprehensive, list of images you have featureing some great styles. Please add more in the future!

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    Jan 17, 2012, 11.19 AMby Kelly Felini

    Excellent examples of stylish trends… But they won’t fit to everyone… ______________ Kelly, apple iphone developer

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    Dec 14, 2011, 04.27 PMby Cheryl Trent

    A peplum is hard, placed wrong and you look fat. I’m not sure the new peplum has been designed right just yet. I think Givenchy is closest by adding a V to the shape and allowing it be loose and flowing while also balancing it out with the collar. Most of these just look awkward and are lacking something to make them pop. I have a Laura Ashley jacket that has a peplum and it works because it has a gathered ruffle and a flows from a ruffled collar adding shape, line and pop. Also helps that the fabric is vertical stripes, which adds so much.

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      Dec 16, 2011, 07.59 PMby notdeadredhead

      I’d have to say that I agree. Peplums have to be done right with the right kind of body type. I’m pear shaped. If I added a straight peplum right under my bust it’d look like I’m pregnant. I think adding it to the right spot makes it, as you say “pop” the right way. :^)

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    Dec 14, 2011, 06.39 AMby yakima

    I’m average size… but I don’t have much hips.I would think that peplum would create more of a hourglass figure.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 04.05 AMby Alicia Maxie

    Peplums are a great detail!!! Definitely my style and taste. Kind of nostalgic as well!!!!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 03.08 AMby maryferret

    Peplums…. just the thing for gals with “long bodies”… they definitely make the body appear shorter… Love the first red jacket at top of page..mmmm!!

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    Dec 13, 2011, 11.42 AMby Sewing And Style

    I love Givenchy’s take on peplums- so elegant and feminine, but with a somewhat strong stand on it. As a pear shaped unfortunate, I love the higher placed peplums on tops, like Céline’s Wow- this is very inspiring, my hands are itching to make something like that right now!

    There is a great example on a top – Burda Magazine 12/2007 top112

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    Dec 13, 2011, 06.43 AMby Xesh'elihle Mafu

    I totally love the look ,can’t wait to make my first peplum inspired outfit !It’s goin be wicked !

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    Dec 12, 2011, 02.50 PMby caribbelle

    Goodness, I don’t think words can accurately describe how much I adore a great peplum hem. They’ll never go out of style, well for me anyways. Ugh school needs to be over so I can get back to sewing lol

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    Dec 12, 2011, 01.35 AMby poppykettle

    Oh, how I heart peplums!!!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 01.10 AMby Kendra Jeffrey

    Where can I get the pattern for the Pendleton jacket?

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    Dec 11, 2011, 07.46 PMby wzrdreams

    What is that lovely Pendleton wool printed jacket in the top of the post?

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      Dec 11, 2011, 08.23 PMby themisslinds

      I believe it’s Pendleton for Opening Ceremony.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 07.42 PMby wzrdreams

    AH! My green wool jacket! I love that jacket. I need to start wearing it now that the weather finally turned cold enough. I also wanted to chime in and remind everyone about the Alexander pattern which has a peplum.

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    Dec 10, 2011, 06.25 PMby msc21

    I remember peplum was popular in the 80s. Krystal Carrington (tv show Dynasty) ROCKED that peplum back in the day. Love it!

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    Dec 10, 2011, 02.03 PMby G-A-

    I was just thinking about a jacket with peplum, either the 11/2011 Cropped jacket #104A or the 08/2010 Jacket with zipper #114. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Dec 10, 2011, 10.21 AMby adriprints

    Thanks for posting the links to the member projects! Just figured out you could hover over each of them for a direct link. :P

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    Dec 10, 2011, 04.51 AMby Couture Academic

    Is that a feather peplum in the first photo with the woman in the large hat and red skirt? If so, that’s such a fab idea…might be a cool addition to the pencil skirt I’ve been ‘planning’ for ages now! Thanks for the article…love peplums.

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