March 23rd, 2012

Silhouette Of the Season: Irina Shayk Pretty In Peplum

Image via Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images North America

It’s time to talk about peplums, Kickettes.

Irina Shayk got into the spring trend spirit at a screening of The Hunger Games in NYC on Tuesday night. Her white peplum top and skirt combo (or dress?) was perfect for an early spring night and event appropriate. We haven’t always been able to say that about Ms. S.

On to the peplum. Along with neon hues and mint colored clothing and accessories, peplums are just about the hottest thing in fashion right now. In case you didn’t know, a peplum is the feminine little ruffle/overskirt you see adorning Shayk’s hips above.

How can it be worn, you ask? Let’s find out.


The easiest way to get some pep(lum) in your step is to get a cute top that you can pair with jeans, leggings, and skirts.

ASOS has lots of cute and affordable options including a floral lace pattern (left) and solid colors (right). We also adore this leopard print top from Miss Selfridge. Pair any of these tops with some colored denim and we will be well jel of your look.



It’s a common misconception that a peplum will make your hips look wider. One that we disagree with. As long as your waist is nipped in and the peplum falls above the widest part of your hips you’ll be alright.

A peplum dress is a great way to look extra sophisticated for any event aside from a mad night in the club. Stick to stain-repellent fabrics for that. Dorothy Perkins has this gorgeous mint green (see above) sheath dress that is so springy and perfecto.

The simplicity of Topshop’s white peplum pencil dress cannot be denied either. For something a tad different, go for this ribbon trimmed dress from ASOS.



We love jackets and blazers so much that we’ve put ourselves on a jacket buying ban for the foreseeable future. It’s sad, Kickettes.

This floral print peplum jacket from Ladakh (left) makes us want to weep with joy and chip away at the credit card we froze in a block of ice. True story.

Also making us weep is this little silk-velvet number from Winter Kate. Someone hand us a chisel, yes? We’re also fans of the structured blazer from Forever 21 and the totally unattainable and awesome striped Tibi jacket.

So that’s the story on peplums. Do you like? Loathe? Have we enabled you enough to put yourselves into debt? We hope so.

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20 Responses to “Silhouette Of the Season: Irina Shayk Pretty In Peplum”

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  2. Marie says:

    So much internalized sexism in one little comment. Sad.

    • LizzyHS90 says:

      I laugh. I'm sexist because I said she looks flat? Or that I pointed out all she does is go to movie premieres (for movies she has nothing to do with) and acts like she is in the movie?

  3. christinalfp says:

    she is beautiful and more important healthy ( something that not all models are )

  4. Agnes Wonka says:

    She looks so fab! I love that trend, it's femenine and delicate :)

  5. bri_saldana says:

    wow this is a hot outfit…looks great on her

  6. SRC says:

    She looks fantastic. Haters gon hate tho! :)

  7. LizzyHS90 says:

    She has worn this before I want to say but I don't keep that close attention to her crap fashion or what 200th movie premiere she has gone to for attention. Does she work?

    Also, looks very flat. Where are her her padded boobs from the SI cover?

  8. Catie2838 says:

    I'm honestly not a fan of the Peplum (who knew it had a name? I was calling it the waist ruffle), but I have to say it really works on Irina. She looks stunning. If I had to critique anything, and this is barely a critique, I would like to see her with her hair down. She seems to wear it up a lot at events and I'd love to see her do something different with it. But, that's just nitpicking at this point.

    • anon says:

      I think it's because she's balding a bit and extension are bad for your hair so it's healthier/looks better if she just puts her hair up!

  9. footballa says:

    Why can't she dress like this more often? That outfit looks like it was made for her.

  10. helen says:

    waw Irina Shayk in one stunning lady. She looks better these days, more classy…Just FINE. Love the dress

  11. mata says:

    Forget the peplum, which is fine, I can't take my eyes off those shoulder pads, they're hideous. Just plain hideous.

  12. Wow says:

    Beautiful, where are her haters at?

  13. Gladys says:

    OT re: the peplum (which I really like): She looks amazing but can someone please tell me why they cut these tops so ridiculously low that you can't wear a bra and you look obscene wearing them in public? The outfit would be just as pretty with an inch more of material in the v-neck and then it wouldn't require fake breasts or a completely flat chest to wear. Just a thought.

  14. Kristina says:

    I hate her poses, but she is a very beautiful girl. And I like that outfit on her.

  15. WooHoo says:

    wow the Shayk weight looks fine, it's not often you can say that

  16. Lucy says:

    that trend is just for very thin and no hips girls, I have lots of hips :(

    • Kristina says:

      You're right. I just don't have a clue when it comes to fashion. I was about to say that it must be a figure flattering detail, but I guess that if you have a little hip then it wouldn't be that flattering after all. Maybe I should have a go at it? I'm too skinny for my own taste :(

    • Catie2838 says:

      Ditto. But, if the idea is to give the illusion of more hippy-ness (which is what it seems to be doing imo), then just think – we don't need any added illusions, we got the real thing ;)