Ask Belle: Roundup Vol. 16
Sep 22, 2011
I’m writing to pick your mind about peplums and their recent comeback. I feel like in the link below the women looks stylish and that I could potentially consider wearing one. What are your thoughts? With the skinny almost capri bold colors working mostly on tall rails of girls (I’m a petite girl who does not need her legs chopped) this look might give some nice shape and interest.
Making a peplum work really comes down to two things: volume and placement.
On the first topic, you don’t want a peplum that us so poufy that it looks clownish. You also don’t want one that makes you look heavier or thicker. So look for a peplum with structure, so you don’t get saddled with too much flounce. Also, unless you have a ballerina’s body, stay away from double peplums, where there is one long one covered by another shorter one. One layer is probably more than enough if you have even a semblance of curves.
On the second matter, placement is incredibly important. The peplum should either a) cover the rear end or b) falls with the natural curve of your rear end. Long-legged women will have an easier time finding the right one than long-torsoed women will. Because if you’re long-torsoed it’s entirely possible that you’ll wind up with a peplum that falls above the tush giving you the appearance of having two asses. This is bad.
I saw you posted about capes a few days ago. Someone inquired about skirt-lengths when wearing one with a cape. I was wondering something similar – only about bags. Sometimes a clutch just isn’t practical to carry around (although they look cute with capes), and bulky bags just look goofy. Maybe you could clue us in on your… cape thoughts?Molly
Happy Friday! I have and Ask Belle for you. Now that it’s Labor Day do I really have to put away all my white dresses away? They comprise half my wardrobe and I don’t want to hang them up this year. Plus I’m from up north and I’ve heard the rules are different in the South. Help!
And as for your point about rules in the South, the only one that doesn’t seem bendable-to-the-point-of-breaking these days is white shoes after Labor Day. Even I won’t touch that one. But as long as you blend in heavier pieces for a bit of interplay, you can get away with white outside of Summer.