A ruffle attached at the waistline of a dress or skirt is known as the peplum dress. Peplum first became popular in the 1940s. They made a come back in the 1980s but did not do well. However, a couple of years back, it reappeared on the ramps. Victoria Beckham brought peplum trend back in the 21st century in her spring collections.

Who should opt for a Peplum?

Peplum on skirts, blouses, and dresses work best for a straight figure. It adds volume to the hips and tricks the eye to see an hourglass figure.

Peplum on skirts, blouses, and dresses

Peplum trend was also adopted by our designer fraternity extending from Sabyasachi to Tarun Tahiliani to Amalraj Sengupta and Nupur Kanoi coming up with their trademark and personal touches to this fashion. Indian designers gave an Indian touch and twist to peplum dresses by using fabulous fabrics from Indian textiles.

Hollywood in Peplum Dresses:

Hollywood in Peplum Dresses:

Peplum dresses became a trend in Hollywood. Angelina Jolie wore it on her birthday to attend fiancé Brad Pitt’s movie premiere in Berlin.

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Bollywood in Peplum Dresses

Bollywood was not far behind in adopting Peplum dresses fashion trend. Uncrowned fashion ambassador of Bollywood Sonam Kapoor was one of the first celebrities to flaunt this retro style.

Sonam Kapoor at Loreal Paris Femina Women Awards 2012.  Floral Pencil Skirt with Black Peplum, long sleeved lillac shirt featuring dipped collar with vintage flower broach in gold, glossy black Dolce & Gabbana Mary Janes ankle strap shoes and a Black & gold Dolce & Gabana purse.

Aishwariya Rai aced in a Peplum Dress at Cannes

Actress Aishwarya Rai attends the 2011 Cannes Film Festival in an ivory-coloured, fully embroidered asymmetric short-sleeved gown, with a peplum and high waisted slim belt. This was chosen from spring/summer 2011 collection of ElIE SAAB HAU.

It was a matter of time before the other Bollywood celebrities such as Neha Dhupia, Parineeti Chopra, Priyanka Chopra and others embraced this trend. Have a look at the Bollywood Divas in Peplum Dress.


Neha Dhupia in ivory color Zara peplum dress at Audi Showroom Launch in Ahmedabad.

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Deepika padukone

Parineeti Chopra is also seen experimenting with a peplum skirt and simple white top. A gold clutch bag and ivory pump shoes adds grace.

Priyanka Chopra

At Lakme Fashion Week 2013, Priyanka Chopra walked the ramp in a gorgeous black leather peplum top.


Malaika Arora Khan at a magazine launch wearing Alice and Olivia Dahlia square neck peplum dress.


Bipasha Basu looking gorgeous in a sleeveless, knee length purple dress with a peplum silhouette that extended upward and diagonally across the bodice. A black bracelet, peep-toe high heels and a turquoise stone ring were the ensembles that complimented her dress beautifully.

Kareena Kapoor Khan looking gorgeous in Dior Fall 2012 peplum jacket

Kareena Kapoor Khan looking gorgeous in Dior Fall 2012 peplum jacket and Donna Karan skirt that she chose to wear for ‘Talaash’ Promos.

Peplum dresses, jackets, blouse and gowns are likely to stay because of its versatility. They are simple, flattering and elegant if one can carry it well. They are also easy to accessorize with a pair of high heels, clutch purses and bracelets. They are here to stay for a long time.

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