This Elegant Trend Sort of Died, But It's Coming Back to Life Next Year

There are certain trends that basically come "in and out" every few seasons. I consider these to be sort of like yo-yo trends—they’ll rise up in a noteworthy way one year only to basically die down the next before they rise back up, and so on. Peplum tops (when fabric gathers at the waist and flares out) are one of said trends.

TBH, you probably have a few peplum shirts in the back of your closet from when the trend dominated a few years ago and everyone (legit, everyone) seemed to wear them thanks to their inherently chic and elegant nature. Well, it may be time to include pretty peplum-detailed pieces in your arsenal of standbys come 2020. That’s right, some of the biggest runway heavy-hitters from Tibi to Alexander McQueen showcased modern interpretations of the trend with ruffle-like accents and cropped shapes throughout their S/S 20 collections.

Below, I rounded up a bit of visual inspiration for the return of the peplum top for you, as showcased on the runway and through street style. I also shopped out a range of the coolest, most fashion-forward peplum tops to buy right now if you’re ready to re-introduce the look into your closet. Welcome back, peplum.

On the runway:
Khaite Runway Peplum Trend Spring 2020

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Khaite’s interpretation of the peplum showcases how the trend has evolved in 2020 with the ruffled bottom, ruched bodice, and cap-sleeve detail.

Tibi Runway Peplum Trend Spring 2020

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This slightly cropped peplum top in the sweet orange hue at Tibi is especially modern with the monochromatic cargo trousers.

Alexander McQueen Peplum Trend Spring 2020

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Alexander McQueen’s bold leather peplum jacket-top hybrid is striking with the puff sleeve and strong shoulders.

MSGM Runway Peplum Trend Spring 2020

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Never shy of bold colors, MSGM amped up the peplum with an eye-catching color-blocked option with laser-cut details.

Michael Kors Runway Peplum Trend Spring 2020

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This sophisticated peplum outfit at Michael Kors feels classic yet incredibly of-the-moment with the addition of the studded belt.

On the street:
How to wear a peplum trend with jeans

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Style Tip: A white peplum top with sharp sleeves pairs flawlessly with straight-leg jeans for that casual 9-to-5 life or in that 5-to-9 life as well.

How to wear a peplum top and skirt

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Style Tip: A matching set is no-fail (toss both pieces on, and you’re set) and quite forward with unexpected accessories like canvas sneakers and mesh bag.

How to style a peplum top and jeans

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Style Tip: A peplum top in a neutral hue that has a touch of shine is so modern with light-wash jeans for any holiday party this season.

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Style Tip: Make an instant statement in a black peplum top with eye-catching details like the sheer paneling and high neck here. Try it with an equally bold pencil skirt and knee-high boots to take the vibe to the next level.

How to wear a peplum top for going out

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Style Tip: Add a belt to a white blouse to give it even more dimension teamed with statement pants and black booties.

The 2020 peplum trend

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Style Tip: A peplum blouse with architectural elements (like the balloon sleeves) is impactful on its own, and requires nothing more than a pair of black pants and fun flats.

How to wear a peplum jacket

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Style Tip: Similar to the Alexander McQueen look above, the jacket-top peplum hybrids are ramping up to be a must-have for a polished vibe paired with  trousers for elegant affairs.

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