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Mahvish Ahmed

Sartorially, 2016 has been super exciting. We got to wear cuts that flatter any body type and then there were those that only the really skinny ones dared to sport. While there are some styles that we are more than ready to say bye-bye to, there are some that we love and don’t see retiring any time soon. One of such trends is the ubiquitous peplum top; trends come and go but some defy the odds and stick around for longer than expected, just like this one. This style is not just being used as wedding and bridal wear, as seen at PLBW 2016, but has successfully made it down the fashion hierarchy to everyday casual wear available at labels such as Generation and Sapphire. Want to see some proof? Here goes!

The casual peplum

It is said that when a trend trickles down to street fashion and is available at outlets that cater to the masses, it officially achieves ubiquity.

The peplum is basically a ruffle that can be attached to tops, dresses and even skirts to create a flare. The casual peplum can be worm in lawn or cotton with a vintage cut. Pair the desi peplum with a tulip shalwaar for a breezy, voluminous look. Put on a pair of simple khussas and embrace the desi look.


1.COCO by Zara Shahjahan, 2. Generation, 3. Sapphire

The Evening Peplum

For slightly formal dinners and parties wear peplum tops in organza or silk adorned by a brooch or belted with glittery detail at the waist. Feminine fabrics and floral motifs keep the look light, yet modish. To add a chic spin to your evening outfit, team up your top with boot legged pants and sleek pulled back hair. Wear little diamond studs for some shimmer on the face and you have a va va voom outfit.


1.Ayesha Somaya, 2. Feeha Jamshed, 3. Sania Maskatiya, 4. Momina Teli

The Wedding Wear Peplum

Step aside choli the lehnga has a new best friend!  With the winter wedding season round the corner there is no better  trend to rock than a heavily embellished peplum top! Pair it up with a lehnga, boot legged pants with kaam or even a dhoti shalwaar. We love the peplum silhouettes available at Rema & Sherbano, Sana Safinaz and Shehla Chatoor. You can also check out Farah Talib Aziz for some peplum tops in pretty pastels. When wearing this style to formal function, be sure to sport a pair of pencil heels to balance out the volume of the heavy silhouette.


1.Rema & Sherbano, 2. Shehla Chatoor, 3. Sana Safinaz, 4. Farah Talib Aziz

The Bridal Peplum

The peplum is measuring high on the trendometer and the fact that designers are playing with it as a feature in bridal wear proves just that. The peplum was used to adorn tops to be worn with lehngas at the PLBW 2016 ramp. The idea seems to be a hit with Ali Xeeshan, Saira Shakira and HSY. Let’s see if it is a hot favorite of this season’s brides-to-be too!


1. HSY, 2. Saira Shakira, 3.Ali Xeeshan, 4. Shiza Hassan