On Trend: Peplum

Peplum is one of spring’s hottest trends, and it’s easier to pull off than you may think. We found five sustainable options for how to wear it.

One of the biggest trend on the runways and red carpets this spring is peplum – flirty frills around the waistlines that help create a curvy, flirtatious silhouette and is flattering for most body types. Judging by the fall runways this trend is also here to stay for a while, which would make investing in one stand-out peplum piece a good idea. It’s also a great trend to keep your eyes out for in the thrift store. There are many ways to wear it – on skirts and tops, drop-waisted or middle-cinching – and it’s easier to pull off than you may think. A good rule is to keep the rest of your outfit simple so as not to look bulky or overwhelm the peplum.

Giorgio Armani showed elegant, streamlined peplum tops paired with textured solids. Create your own take on this look by pairing this ponte peplum top, handmade by Daniela Tabois with ankle-length pants, open-toed sandals and your favorite hat.

Ponte Peplum Top, $110, Etsy/Daniela Tabois

Leave it to Marc Jacobs to perfect the casual everyday version of this trend by pairing an elaborate peplum skirt with a striped long sleeve tee and simple strappy sandals. This look is very easy to copy and make your own. Pair this Girl from Ipanema skirt by Pray for Mother Nature with your favorite striped tee and simple heels.

Pray for Mother Nature skirt, on sale for $59.95, Future:Standard

Get inspired by Rodarte’s colorful, flirty runway looks and combine the peplum trend with another of spring’s biggest trends – pattern. AFIA designer Meghan Sebold totally nailed the peplum skirt look in her new collection, which featured several great patterned peplum skirts, all sustainably sourced and sewn in Ghana.

Turquoise Floral Peplum Skirt, $100, AFIA

For a simple lady-like take on this trend, look no further than England’s newest style icon Kate Middleton, who was recently spotted wearing a peplum coat. Copy Kate’s regal look in this 100% Melton wool jacket by Canadian eco-label Elroy.

Hyssop Jacket, on sale for $101, Elroy

Peplum was all the rage on the red carpets this awards season, most memorably on a dress worn by the always stylish Michelle Williams. Somewhat unexpectedly, comedienne Tina Fey also nailed this trend, in a flattering navy number that made her look seriously curvy. Take this look to your next party by wearing Elroy’s 100% raw silk Cocos Dress, which features a sweetheart neckline and subtle peplum detail.

Cocos Dress, $99.99, Elroy

Johanna Björk

Johanna is a sustainable fashion writer currently based in Ojai, CA. Read her weekly On Trend column to learn what's new in eco fashion.