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Lauren Conrad Peplum Shopping Picks

Currently Craving: Peplums

We are thrilled to share this story from Lauren Conrad! The TV personality, writer, designer, and style maven has started, a social networking site that features daily posts by Lauren on all of our favorite topics — fashion, beauty, food, party planning — and Lauren will be sharing her latest fashion finds with Fab every month. This week, she's sharing her peplum-trend shopping picks.

While my recent closet cravings include ladylike tanks, plenty of ruffles and tulle along with pleated pieces and conversational prints, one spring trend stands out amongst the rest: Peplums! If you're unfamiliar with this term, a peplum is basically a short, flared strip of fabric that is attached at the waist of a jacket, dress or blouse.

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Even though designers such as Celine, Giambattista Valli, Jason Wu and Christian Dior paraded them down their spring 2012 runways, peplums are anything but new. The cut was popularized in the 1800s and resurfaced in the 1940s as well as the '80s. That said, they are back . . . and with vengeance! Put it this way: Vogue dedicated 6 pages to the trend in their January 2012 issue in a spread called, "Dare to Flare."


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Personally, I love how the trend translates on tops. It's a fun and feminine twist on your standard blouse. There's just something so chic about their architectural yet sleek shape. Plus I think it’s so refreshing to finally see the return of the waist after so many seasons of loose-fitting, baggy silhouettes! Peplum tops nip the natural waist and are also great for masking not-so-flat stomachs. (I even designed a few for my LC Lauren Conrad collection for Kohl's.)

As for skirts and dresses, I actually prefer a smaller peplum. If you already have naturally wide-set hips, sometimes the extra fabric can make you look broader than you actually are. However, if you have a boyish figure both top and bottom peplums will work for you since they instantly create the illusion of an hourglass frame. Nevertheless, regardless of your shape, I honestly think this is a trend most women can pull off. Just be conscious of your shape and wear what works for you—more often than not, you’re either a top or a bottom peplum kind of girl.

Here are five of my favorite peppy peplum pieces . . .

From left: Top With '40s Peplum, Pencil Skirt With Frill, Dress With Frill at Waist, Mint Textured Peplum Skirt, Eyelet Peplum Top

What do you think about the peplum trend? Are you going to give it a try?

Also, be sure to take a peek at how member Casey Lynn rocks the peplum look!

XO Lauren

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