History repeats itself, and fashion is no exception.

When the flair at the waist silhouette known as peplum hit the runway in fall 2012, it created a wave of nostalgia for the 1940s film stars who originated the peplum trend. This blast from the past has already transcended beyond the fall 2012 season and into spring 2013. There’s no doubt in my mind that peplum is here to stay for seasons to come.

The beauty of the peplum trend is that it’s universally flattering to every body type. Peplum adds instant curves to a thin figure, and plus-size fashion bloggers have raved about how the peplum silhouette hides that little extra pudge in the stomach area with no need for shapewear. 

Sadly, there aren’t many students around campus wearing this flattering silhouette. However, there are many ways to incorporate the peplum trend into your wardrobe.

For a chic daytime look, pair a bright-colored peplum top with a pair of coated denim or try chinos on a hotter day with some loafers. Add a bold statement necklace and throw your hair in a topknot for an effortless look.

A peplum dress with a plunging neckline is perfect for a night out on the town. Step into a pair of sky-high heels and apply a deep rouge lipstick to channel a daring, ultra-feminine look.

Urban Outfitters has a few peplum tops in a myriad of colors for only $34 each. Check out Boohoo.com for a whole slew of peplum items. It has everything from peplum skirts to peplum pants. Its items are a bit on the pricey side, but definitely worth the investment.

Next time you’re out shopping, consider picking up an item with a peplum silhouette. You won’t regret it.

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