The Peplum Is Back & It’s All Grown Up

The Peplum Is Back & It’s All Grown Up

Once a staple of any girls’ night out look (jeans and a nice top anyone?), it’s likely that your peplum tops have not seen the light of day for years; stuck in the back of your wardrobe gathering dust alongside other 2012 rejects.

Like broderie anglaise, puffed sleeves and prairie dressing, the peplum’s return is thanks to 2019’s romantic mood. Danish designer Cecilie Bahnsen played with a childlike silhouette for SS19, sending out models in full peplum maxi skirts and babydoll dresses in soft white and florals. Peplum details were also spotted at Ryan Lo’s fairytale-inspired collection, edging Proenza Schouler’s Western designs and Tory Burch’s flowy dresses.

Forget what you know about the old peplum; the new peplum is refined and grown-up. Hemlines are dropped from the waist and ruffles are more subdued. Tiered peplum hems adorn easy maxi dresses and skirts, making for an ideal summer holiday wardrobe. Just add simple leather sandals and a wide-brimmed hat, and you’re set.

We’re drawing inspiration from ARIAS’ SS19 look book (particularly its button-front maxi skirts), The Vampire’s Wife and Staud, which both have a host of pretty peplum-detailed dresses.

Click on for our favourite peplum pieces.

You’ll look like a true lady in this sweet square-neck polka dot dress.

ASOS DESIGN Sweetheart Neck Tiered Midi Dress In Polka Dot, $38, available at ASOS

The perfect little blue dress for summer weddings.

ASOS DESIGN Curve Lace Puff Sleeve Pephem Dress, $45, available at ASOS

Throw on over your swimsuit for a great pool-to-beach bar look.

Warehouse Multi Stripe Co-Ord Skirt, $39, available at Warehouse

This Mara Hoffman dress is made from breathable organic cotton-voile that gets softer with wear – perfect for a lazy summer’s day.

Mara Hoffman Valentina Colour-Block Organic Cotton-Voile Maxi Dress, $280, available at Net-A-Porter

Wear with white sandals and a raffia bag for the beach; swap to trainers and statement earrings for the city.

Staud Rose Belted Checked Organza Maxi Dress, $250, available at Net-A-Porter

We love the vibrant pop of orange and versatility of this skirt. It can easily be dressed up with ’90s-style strappy sandals and a silky cami top, or dressed down with an oversized jumper.

& Other Stories Satin Handkerchief Midi Skirt, $59, available at & Other Stories

If Staud’s blue and white check dress is out of your budget, head to ASOS for great alternatives like this one from Glamorous.

Glamorous Curve Maxi Tea Dress With Button Front In Grid Check, $38, available at ASOS

Polka dot is going to be big for summer – you heard it here first.

Rebecca De Ravenel Tie-Detailed Polka-Dot Cotton-Blend Maxi Dress, $880, available at Net-A-Porter

Look cool and chic on your summer holiday in this Rebecca Vallance dress (whatever the temperature).

Rebecca Vallance Holliday Bow-Detailed Halterneck Dress, $315, available at Net-A-Porter

Puffed sleeves are one of SS19’s top trends. Prepare to see pretty dresses like this one everywhere.

Lovedrobe Puff Sleeve Midi Dress With Shirred Bodice & Fluted Hem, $48, available at ASOS

Pretend you’re living in a different era with The Vampire’s Wife’s vintage-inspired silhouette. Come winter, swap out your summer sandals for chunky black boots for a look that is pretty with an edge.

The Vampire’s Wife Festival Ruffle-Trimmed Velvet-Corduroy Dress, $695, available at

Two words: olive green. We’re obsessed with the colour, especially how well it goes with soft leather sandals and woven accessories.

Warehouse T-Shirt Tiered Maxi Dress, $36, available at Warehouse

Puffed sleeves? Peplum handkerchief hem? Pastel checks? This dress has it all.

& Other Stories Cotton Blend Handkerchief Midi Dress, $85, available at & Other Stories

Made from sustainably sourced hemp, this skirt will feel extra soft and comfortable against your skin.

Mara Hoffman Carmen Tiered Striped Hemp Maxi Skirt, $345, available at Net-A-Porter

A dress for swanning around a sun-filled Mediterranean town.

Masscob Acacia Ruffled Silk Dress, $425, available at

Florals for spring? Groundbreaking. We’re loving this subtle print and how great it looks with bright colours (like this warm yellow).

Gozzip Floral Crepe Ruffled Panel Maxi Skirt, $63, available at Navabi

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