Gathers and ruffles near the hip can be dicey territory, especially if you are still shedding some post-baby weight. It’s no wonder, then, that a few of us have looked at spring’s peplum tops, skirts, dresses and jackets with a bit of trepidation. Ironically, these styles can be quite figure flattering. Nipping in at the waist, the silhouette actually creates a waistline, while the flare of fabric can skim and visually slim hips. The key to creating the slimming effect is choosing a peplum that features minimal gathered fabric or an asymmetric shape. You can take these looks from the boardroom to the weekend easily, too, which makes them very versatile.
ASOS Top with 40s Peplum, $45, asos.com
Rebecca Taylor Roses and Lace Blouse, $157 (sale), shopbop.com
Peplum French Terry Jacket, $25, forever21.com
Seasonless Ruffle Jacket, $148, whitehouseblackmarket.com
Asymmetric Peplum Dress, $100 (sale), calvinklein.com
Bird of Paradise Skirt, $128, anthropologie.com