peplum wedding dresses

A skirt over a skirt – is that not a bit much, you ask? There’s no denying that this fancy trend can seem somewhat daunting and even unflattering – after all, the midsection is hardly the place a girl would want to pile on extra bulk! However if you’re fashion forward and set on making a bold statement on your big day, a peplum is a must.

Peplums are best worn by girls of petite to average build or someone with a small mid-section and voluptuous hips. The trick however, is to wear it with confidence and steer clear of peplums that look like old fashioned bed-frills. Here are a couple of tips for wearing a mini skirt over a skirt with flair and pizzazz:

  • Your choice of material will determine the starkness and angle of the peplum silhouette. While a stiff material is ideal for creating a contemporary look, a softer fabric like chiffon or lace is less daring and more timeless.
  • Pay attention to what’s underneath the peplum. Steer clear of poufy skirts, and rather opt for a more fitted and streamlined skirt that complements your curves, without making you look double your size.
  • Because the peplum adds an extra dash of femininity and frilliness to your ensemble, the rest of your bridal accessories should be kept simple and striking. For instance complete the look with a statement necklace or bright heels.
  • Use the peplum to conceal bigger areas such as thighs or hips. Consider the height and positioning of the peplum – you want the top seam to sit around the smallest part of your waist in order for the fabric to cover your hips/bum.
  • Wear a peplum to create the illusion of a smaller waist. Position the top seam as detailed in point #4, but opt for a wider peplum.
  • Opt for a long-short peplum, i.e. short in the front, long at the back. This is the ideal way to make it blend in with your floor-length wedding gown and create a more romantic and classical bridal look.

For more Peplum Wedding Dress Ideas, the original photos above and their credits, make sure to check out our Peplum Wedding Dresses Pinterest Board!


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