SS13 Mini Trend: Peplum Belts

Remember the waist belt? It was big in the 80s and enjoyed a re-incarnation in the early noughties. It was an accessory trend that we all quietly enjoyed because it let you fake the perfect hourglass figure. Then Gok Wan came along and threw waist belts on everyone including your mum. There were cinched in waists  everywhere and quite frankly nothing kills a trend faster than over saturation. My waist belts all found their way on to Ebay and my perfect faux waist went with them.
Now they are back but in an all together more tricky form, the peplum belt. I can feel your eyes rolling from here, but hear me out. The peplum belt can be very flattering. It draws attention to your now cinched in waist and adds volume to your hips, creating a perfect hour glass shape. It's also very versatile as you can instantly jazz up your wardrobe basics. Throw over a plain bodycon dress or pencil skirt and you've got an instant evening look. Be more daring and team with jeans and a slogan tee for a more fashion forward day look.

Online boutique Sapelle have two great options from Afromania starting at £25. I love the faux snakeskin one, it would look great with a floral pencil skirt and a plain tee. Very Erdem!
Photo: Sapelle
If you aren't sold on the peplum belt, you might like its more streamlined counterpart the Obi belt. Traditional  Japanese styling is going to be a big trend this summer (more on this later) so expect to see Obi belts dotted around the high street. The Ituen Basi Bijou Obi belt is really fun and a steal at just £22 from MyAsho. I've styled it up in three different ways with basic wardrobe pieces just to show how versatile a wide belt can be. The styling would also work with peplum belts. Click on the image to enlarge.

African accessories from Left to Right: 1. Mo-saique heels £305 2. Ituen Basi Obi belt £22 from MyAsho (same throughout) 3. Nami ballet flats £45 from Agnes&Lola 4. Ngu leather messenger bag £95 from Agnes&Lola

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