Fall Trend Report: Tiny Waists and Padded Hips

September 19, 2012

A curvy silhouette is one of the more noticeable, dramatic, yet wearable trends this fall. Peplums, padded hips and panniers all give volume to the hip area, while emphasizing the smallest part of a woman’s body: her waist. On the runway, designers played with the styles that dominated women’s fashion from the 1500s through the Victorian era. The updated version of these historical looks, however, does not include the painful corsets or frilly undergarments that prevent all forms of natural movement. Rather, the designs frequenting the runway this fall are ideal for every-day looks. Because they exaggerate the natural curves of a woman’s body, they are flattering on a variety of body types, making this trend one of the most exciting of the season.

Top Left: Alexander McQueen, Top Center: Bottega Veneta, Top Right: Hakaan, Bottom Left: Peter Pilotto, Bottom Right: Pannier undergarment

While panniers generally describe a type of undergarment, pepla are normally on the surface of the garment, taking the form of structured flaps that are placed at the top of the hips. In the looks above, the bottom right, top center, and top right pieces incorporate the use of a peplum to complete the “curvy” fall look. The top left and bottom right looks are examples of panniers, with more dramatic, almost horizontal padding.

This trend’s ready-to-wear looks will make any woman’s body look fantastic and feminine, while still maintaining a trendy edge. Keep your look sophisticated by pairing the bold looks below with simple accessories and solid colors (neutrals are always a great choice for this style).

(1) Theyskens’ Theory jacket; (2) alice + olivia peplum dress; (3) Rebecca Taylor Peplum top; (4) Shoshanna Jane strapless dress; (5) Rebecca Minkoff leather peplum tank; (6) Tibi Simona jacquard open back dress

To purchase the pieces featured above, visit shopbop.com.

Tagged: fashion, peplum, style, trends

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