Trend Watch: Pretty Peplum Looks for Spring

Peplum shed its gaudy '80s associations for spring with sophisticated tailoring and interesting embellishments.

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If "peplum" makes you think of ill-fitting '80s jackets and bulky shoulder pads, think again: The silhouette got a sophisticated update for spring on everything from tailored jackets to pencil skirts and sculpted dresses. At Cushnie et Ochs, a trim skirt suit got a feminine twist with the addition of a flared peplum waist.
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Peplum was anything but old-fashioned at Givenchy, where tailored jackets were finished with asymmetrical closures and uneven bustles of fabric at the waist.
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Jason Wu had a classically girlish take on the peplum trend, rendering matching shorts and peplum-waist blouses in shiny metallic silks.
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Net-a-Porter
Maje's satin and twill ruffle blouse is a super-wearable way to incorporate a pop of peplum into your wardrobe. $270 at Net-a-Porter.
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At Prabal Gurung, a sexy corseted top was finished with a flared peplum waist and a twisted rope belt.
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Blaque's Label's open-back peplum dress offers a high-fashion look at an affordable price-point. We envision the look finished with a heavy gold cuff and a pulled-back ponytail. $46 at DJ Premium.
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A sheer peplum waist adds extra interest to Lela Rose's timeless floral-print spring dresses.
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Thakoon's elaborate peplum-waist shirts were finished with elegant silk embroidery at the shoulders and down the sides.
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At Marc by Marc, peplum skirts felt youthful and fun in soft cotton jersey.
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Shopbop
Julie Haus' "Novak" peplum dress features a contrasting white panel at the waist and a super-fitted leather skirt in cream. $620 at Shopbop.
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Preen's two-tone peplum jackets offered a girly interpretation of a classic tuxedo jacket.
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Shimmery brocade and crystal detailing made Giambattista Valli's peplum-waist tops the most luxe of the spring season.
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Alexander McQueen's frilly peplum waists added a Victorian touch to modern, almost otherworldly evening looks.
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Christian Dior's sculpted peplum dresses called to mind the House's iconic "New Look."
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ASOS
With wide-leg trousers and espadrilles, ASOS' sweet floral-print peplum blouse feels fresh and chic. $45 at ASOS.
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