From the Runways to the Royals: Everyone Agrees This Controversial Trend is Back

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Remember when peplum tops were all the rage circa 2006? Typically worn with a statement necklace, they were absolutely everywhere—including on Miss Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl. Well, brace yourselves because they're officially back in style. Don't worry. The updated version of the peplum is cooler than ever and very much on-trend for 2022. The proof? Designers and brands from Khaite and Ulla Johnson to H&M and Reformation have a design available right now, so that sounds like a worthy trend to me. 

Below, I've rounded up my favorite peplum tops that perfectly show off your waist. The selection includes a range of styles, including corsets, tank tops, long-sleeve blouses, backless tops, puff-sleeve numbers, cutout pieces, and more. Scroll down to shop my favorite peplum tops for 2022. 

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Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.