It's been seen on the likes of Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Aniston and the Duchess of Cambridge and it's undoubtedly one of the season's hottest trends. A peplum isn't always the easiest shape to pull off, but with dresses, jackets and tops all sporting the waist-down ruffle this summer; there are plenty of ways to introduce it into your wardrobe.

  • To Suit All Shapes

The peplum applies to anything that flares out from the middle, adding volume to the hips and taking inches off your waistline at the same time. Many women feel the peplum is an unflattering garment, but a proper fit and style can suit most body types and larger sizes can often work the look better than the very slim, as the peplum is designed to be supported by more curvy hips. There can be issues to look out for with some variations, however. If you aren't long in the leg, wearing a peplum with a skirt that's too short can emphasise your height. Try going for a mid-length pencil skirt that tapers further down and creates an hourglass figure. Similarly, steer clear of ankle boots and wear heels instead. Court shoes would look great with a pencil skirt and peplum-style top.

One of the key tips to remember is that the peplum can lend quite an old-fashioned, retro silhouette. They can bring to mind costume pieces from the Victorian era, the vintage flare of Dior's New Look or the high-powered fashions of the 1980s. So it's important to think fresh when getting out your peplum. Bring it up to date with slim lines, bold prints and bias cuts. Consider whether pinks and pastels are the best colours in an already girly look. The peplum can easily descend into kid's birthday party territory.

  • Variations On The Theme

When teaming peplum tops with other pieces, think slender to balance out the bulk. Skinny jeans add a really contemporary note to an outfit, especially when put with wedge heels. Dresses can range from a slight ruffle at the sides to having a separate tunic on top and can be worn formally for the evening or for a smart meeting during the day. A skinny belt is a great accessory for this outfit, as it will further accentuate the waist area.

Peplum skirts can have loads of feminine appeal. Wear with geometric patterns as a contrast or tuck a soft blouse into the waist and indulge the curves. Jackets make a strong statement with a peplum and belt and are good inspiration for summer weddings. Alternatively, they can liven up a basic combination of shirt and shorts for a more casual occasion. A clutch bag like the asymmetric lines from Jane Shilton can also add a more modern touch.

An unexpected hit, the peplum is showing its staying power. Fashion commentators predict it remaining as a key trend through to the autumn, with winter coats expected to get in on the action. So whether you wear it on top or below, to the sides or with a belt, the peplum's popularity seems destined to continue.

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