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Peplum: is it a fruit, a tropical bird, or fashion statement?

Words: Bronwyn Day | Pictures: Fairchild Archive

Introducing the peplum. Our fashion dictionary definition? A short overskirt or ruffle attached at the waistline of a jacket, blouse, or dress.

This is the season’s small but important fashion detail – hot off the New York, London, Milan and Paris Spring/Summer 2012 runways.

Seen at Nina Ricci, McQueen and Celine, this feminine and flirtatious detail adds instant style cred to pencil skirts and tailored jackets.

Pretty never looked so flirty! Be sure to go for nipped waistlines, slimline silhouettes and romantic fabrics such as lace and silks.

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