Try a peplum without going to extremes

The peplum: feminine and flirty!

Peplum dress
$199 – karenmillen.com

Stop Staring stop staring dress
$170 – modcloth.com

Oasis short sleeve top
£30 – houseoffraser.co.uk

Hobbs peplum jacket
£199 – johnlewis.com

One of the trends I’m very excited to embrace for fall / winter 2011 is the peplum. As a child of the 80’s, peplums are nothing new to me. But those stiff, structured creations sported by a bevy of Dynasty beauties are a world away from this season’s “new” peplum.

Designers have softened the look (although I admit, the runways did have a Judy Jetson pieces). However, on the whole, a more flirty, feminine look prevails.

The key to successfully wearing a peplum (especially if you are not 6’ tall and model thin) is to go for subtlety. No enormous drapes of fabric. No asymmetry. And absolutely no contrasting colors.

Here are my top ways to incorporate the trend – from blouses and jackets for every day, to dresses for work, plus stunning evening wear for all of those upcoming special events.

Alexis Carrington, eat your heart out!

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Susan McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! In addition to Susan Said What?! Susan also writes for It’s how you play the game!Success Won’t Wait! and new for 2011 The Best Christmas Ever!  

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