20 Of The Best Peplum Dresses


The peplum trend has been around since the 1940’s, seeing a very popular comeback in 2013, and the trend is here to stay. Peplum dresses are classy, fashionable, and feminine – and look great on almost all body shapes! 

They can be subtle at the hem, or bold in the in the middle of your outfit, either way, there is no denying peplums look great. Worn as day or night attire, either as dresses, tops or skirts, the peplum trend is a sure fire way to add a little extra fancy flair to your outfit, without trying too hard.

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Get The Look: Yellow Dress (Fruugo, £55), Black Mesh Frill long sleeved top, (Missguided, £15), ASOS Soft Peplum High Apex Midi Dress 

Peplum Dresses

What Are Peplum Dresses?

So what is a peplum dress? Well, any item of clothing with a short strip of material, usually gathered or pleated, attached at the waist of a woman’s jacket, dress, skirt or blouse contains a peplum. They have been dubbed ‘femininity’s big comeback’ due to their frill, flamboyance, and ability to add detailing to any outfit. Make like style icons, Kim Kardashian, Beyonce and Kate Winslet and don a pretty peplum frock.


Are Peplum Dresses Right For You?

The answer is yes. The reason peplums have stylish for so long, is that they are an easy, fashionable way to give women sexy curves. However out of all the body shapes, ladies with boyish frames could benefit the most from wearing a peplum piece. They are designed to give the illusion of an hourglass figure, commonly recognised as the most desirable female body shape. Peplums are also great for plus size women as they help to camouflage certain areas that can make some women feel uncomfortable, whilst also still enhancing curves.

Our Favourite 20 Peplum Dresses

If you are having trouble deciding on which kind of peplum dress to go for, have no fear. We know size, frilliness and general colour can sometimes all be difficult to get your head around, so we have made it easier with our favourite 20 peplum dress picks.

Best for Bold Colour

Bold colours are perfect worn in the summer sun, or even worn in autumn/winter with a jacket and tights to brighten up a dull day. A light blue always looks good on fair skin and blondes, whereas darker skin allows you to really go for a statement pink/purple.

Clockwise (L-R): Boobtube multi pleat dress (AX Paris, £24.99), Closet Wine Long Sleeve dress, (Wallis, £55.80), ASOS Mesh Peplum Midi Dress (Asos, £19.50)

Best for Pastel Colour

Whether it’s a pale pink, baby blue, or a nude peplum dress, they don’t have to be boring – this colour palette helps to freshen up any look! We’re loving the feather detail for a bit of fun and glamour this peach peplum dress.

Clockwise (L-R): Lace feather dress, (Revolve, £55.46), Sky Blue Bow Waterfall Dress, (Designer Desirables, £41.99), Vesper Phoebe Midi Dress (Asos, £27)

Best for Patterns

It doesn’t matter whether you opt for stripes, spots or even a lace peplum dress, choosing something with a pattern, no matter how big or small, will help to add uniqueness to your outfit.

Clockwise (L-R): Lost Ink Broderie Insert Midi Dress (Lipsy, £55) Sheer Peplum Mermaid Dress (Dezzal £58.88), Onyx Peplum Hem Dress (Reiss, £110)

Best Little Black Peplum Dress

A black peplum dress will always be a style staple. Why not call them an investment?

Clockwise (L-R): Black & Nude Lace Mini Dress (Pink Boutique, £35),  Black Tube Dress (Zara, £25.99), Phase Eight Maritza Dress (Phase Eight, £69)

Best Metallic Peplum Dress

Shine bright like a diamond! Metallic items of clothing have been a huge trend in 2016 and are set to continue for the foreseeable future.

Clockwise (L-R): Metallic Cross Strap Midi Dress (Boohoo, £10), Blue Sequin Dress (Very, £23),  Belaya Metallic Mini Dress (AQ/AQ, £180)

Best White Peplum Dress

A peplum white dress looks great with a tan, ready for any occasion.

Clockwise (L-R): Long Sleeve Plunge White Bodycon Dress, (Missguided, £35), Jane Norman Cream Deep V Textured Dress (House of Fraser, £25), TFNC White Strapless Pencil Dress (Asos, £28)

Best for Larger Ladies

Larger ladies will suit these dresses as the peplum will hide any problem areas. An asymmetrical peplum also distracts from these areas whilst adding a bit of detail.Best for Petite & Boyish Shapes

It’s the larger the better when it comes to peplum dresses and boyish frames. The bigger the peplum, the more the illusion of curves appears. Check out the petite sections of stores and online shops to get an idea of what you should be looking for.

Clockwise (L-R): ASOS Petite Premium Midi Dress (Asos Petite, £15), Lipstick Petite Pink Dress with Lace Top (Asos Petite, £28), Alter Petite Hem Dress (Asos Petite, £27)

Best for Casual Wear

Peplum dresses can also be worn in daily life. Wear them looser and flowing for a more chilled out casual fit. Sensibility and style at its best!

Clockwise (L-R): White Stuff Poppy Dress (John Lewis, £39), EDIT Oversized Stretch Crepe Dress (Selfridges, £265), Closet Large Print Dress (John Lewis, £65)

Best for Girly Glam

Think floral, frills and fancy embellishments when opting for a girly glam peplum dress.

Clockwise (L-R): ASOS Bandeau Dip Back Dress (Asos, £40), ASOS Premium Ombre Floral Scuba Bandeau Midi Dress (Asos, £32), ASOS Bandeau Pink Midi Dress (Asos, £38)

Best for Celebrity Copy Cat

Make like Kate Middleton, Taylor Swift and Blake Lively by wearing traditional, modern, or classic looks.


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Best for Work

Most of the time, a peplum midi dress is probably your best bet for work. The length is appropriate but still looks stylish. However, all work environments have different rules, so by all means, opt for a short dress if you feel it is suitable.

Clockwise (L-R): ASOS Sleeveless Nude Pencil Dress (Asos, £28), Asymmetric Purple Waist Dress (Karen Millen, £95), V by Very Lace Black Dress (Very, £24.50)

Best High Street & Best For Budgets

These styles are cheap and cheerful but look fab.

Clockwise (L-R): Rita Black Twist Bodycon Dress (Pretty Little Thing, £10), Pink Bodycon Dress (River Island, £15), Black Bandeau Frill Midi Dress (Missguided, £25)

Best Designer & Best For Splurging

Investment pieces are ideal things to buy as they are good quality and timeless – you can wear them over and over again.

Clockwise (L-R): Armani Embellished Dress (Armani, £690), Roland Mouret Teal One Sholder Dress (Roland Mouret, £2,095),  Ted Baker Fitted Pencil Dress (Ted Baker, £179)

Best for Summer

Go for bold colours and short lengths for fun in the summer sun. We’re loving soft nude and peachy tones. To really emphasize your waist why not go for an exaggerated peplum top which you can highlight with a belt and layer over a simple pencil skirt.


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Best for Winter

Knitted or sweater peplum dresses are perfect to fend off the winter chill!

Clockwise (L-R): Mock Neck Sweater Dress (Dezzal, £58.88), Rokoko Knitted T-Shirt Dress (ASOS, £30), Black Knit Sheer Lace Dress (Sheln, £49.99)

Best Short Peplum Dresses

Short peplum dresses are great for the day time or evening time.


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Best Red Carpet Event Dresses

Whether you’re attending a dinner, gala or ball, sometimes we need to dress for the occasion.

Clockwise (L-R): Raishma White Gown (John Lewis, £280), Phase Eight Arianna Dress (John Lewis, £295), Adrianna Papell Sleeveless Beaded Dress (John Lewis, £320)

Top 10 Peplum Skirts & Tops

If you don’t fancy a peplum dress, there are other options. Why not choose a peplum skirt or top instead? Here are our top 10 picks – see if they tickle your fancy.

Our Favourite Peplum Tops

Clockwise (L-R): Pink Soft Peplum Top (River Island, £22), Sportmax Blue Woven Top (Selfridges, £260), Black Mesh Panel Top (New Look, £8), White Lace Trim Top (River Island, £30), Peplum Top With Checked Embroidery (Zara, £25.99)

Our Favourite Peplum Skirts

Clockwise (L-R): Lanvin Dark Purple Metallic Jacquard Knit Skirt (Harvey Nichols, £680), Floral Skirt (Reiss, £115), Plain High Waist Mini Peplum Skirt (With Chic, £20.99), Black Floral Lace Skirt (Karen Millen, £125), Khaki Scuba Mini Skirt (Pretty Little Thing, £8)


  • Peplum dresses are amazing for giving the illusion of curves on a slender figure
  • They are also great for plus size women who want to hide problem areas whilst still enhancing their natural curve
  • Little black peplum dresses, tops and skirts are timeless and so therefore are a wardrobe staple
  • Peplum dresses are a great way to add a feminine flair to an outfit from their slight frill – brilliant if you are not overly girly but want to inject some femininity into your wardrobe
  • So whether it is a figure hugging pretty peplum dress, or some sexy peplum style separates, be sure to rock this forever trend, the world (and yourself) will thank you.

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