Ladies, I’ve just coined a simple term to remember the hot trends for this summer: the 4Ps (not to be confused with the 4Ps of marketing!).
And the 4Ps for summer 2012 fashion are
- Printed pants
Now, repeat the 4Ps over and over again till you know the list by heart.
In this post, I’ve highlighted the first two trends (or Ps): pleats and peplums.
Trend 1: Pleats
Pleats this summer are all in the skirts! Long or short, bright or pastels, regular hemline or asymmetrical, wear pleated skirts with grace. The other day I saw a woman wearing a maxi pleated skirt that was transparent below the knee, and it didn’t look as funny as it sounds. Really!
How to wear: Wear a bright pleated skirt with neutral or printed blouse.
Chic tip: While accordion pleated skirts are hot right now, they may be fashionably far-fetched from some. You could opt for a formal box pleated skirt or a pleated dress instead.
Skirt from Mango
Skirt from United Colors of Benetton
Dress from French Connection
Trend 2: Peplums
Peplums came in to serious public view after Michelle Williams wore a peplum gown to the Academy Awards in February, and Kate Middleton has been spotted at least a couple times in peplum-ed outfits.
So what is a peplum? It’s a strip of pleated, gathered or flared fabric that is attached to the waist line of a skirt, dress, jacket or top. It could even be an overskirt of sorts.
How to wear: Wear a peplum on a dress or skirt that ends at the knee or just below. When wearing a solid dress or skirt, wear classic jewellery.
Chic tip: A peplum can be unflattering if you got zero curves around the waist and hip area- so wear with caution. Also, choose a peplum dress or skirt that is sleek and sculptured rather than slouchy or loose.
Dotty peplum dress from Fever London (available on Rock.in)
Zara skirt with frill
What’s your choice among the pleats and peplums?
Coming soon: The other 2Ps- pastels and printed pants!