pep·​lum | \ˈpe-pləm \

Definition of peplum 

: a short section attached to the waistline of a blouse, jacket, or dress

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peplumed \ ˈpe-​pləmd \ adjective

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Which doesn’t mean that adults, sick of their stiff, scratchy jeans and dreaming of something soft and seductive this season, cannot indulge their longing for Liberty with a floaty frock or a peplum blouse, a pj’s set or even a saucy bralette. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "It’s High Time to Reconsider the Liberty Print," 4 June 2018 Reinhart, 21, stepped onto the event’s red carpet wearing a white gown with an allover pink floral print, which featured a sheer bustier-style long-sleeve top and a peplum waistline. Jillian Ruffo,, "Lili Reinhart Steps Out of Her Fashion 'Comfort Zone' in Floral Dress at the 2018 CFDA Awards," 4 June 2018 Taking inspiration from Dior's new look silhouette, the peplum jacket is the star of this two piece, so there's no need for a base underneath. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "3 Ways To Wear a Suit on the French Riviera," 8 May 2018 The simple sheath dress benefited from a touch of Kate Middleton–approved flair in the form of a soft peplum, which created an elongating silhouette. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Newlywed Felicity Jones Steps Out in the Perfect Honeymoon Dress," 2 July 2018 Getty Images Getty Images Unlike Meghan, who opted for a nude hue Givenchy dress with a layered cape, Kate sat alongside the Queen in a blue, peplum suit by L.K. Bennet and a black fascinator by James Lock. Ruby Buddemeyer, Marie Claire, "Here's How Meghan Markle's First Event with the Queen Compares to Kate Middleton's," 14 June 2018 Update last year's peplum top by knotting a cute tee over it. Seventeen Editors, Seventeen, "33 Back To School Outfits That Will Actually Make You Want to Go Back to School," 5 June 2018 On her Fall 2017 runway and in the exhibition, the hood is styled over a simple, yet quite fitted black and ivory peplum dress. Emily Farra, Vogue, "This Under-the-Radar Designer in the New Met Exhibition Takes “Fashion Nun” to New Heights," 9 May 2018 Their twiglike silhouettes were drawn by long, lean skirts and short boxy jackets, or tunics with unstructured peplums at the hips over straight knee-length skirts. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Fashion Parties With the French President," 6 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of peplum

1866, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for peplum

Latin, from Greek peplon peplos

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