Peplums were all over spring runways, fluttering at the hips of blouses, dresses, and skirts. We love the look for the girly, demure way it draws attention to the waist (and gracefully falls over our not-quite-bikini-ready stomachs). Luckily, if you’re working on a budget—or you’re nervous about trying the more sculptural shape—the style has trickled down to mass retailers, and there’re plenty of pretty, affordable options to scoop up. For an easy update to last year’s wardrobe, pair a peplum top with a slim-fitting bottom— think the pencil skirt, skinny trousers, or cropped jeans already hanging in your closet. From daring to demure, we’ve got 12 great finds right here.
Caitlin Moran shares her affordable style and shopping tips on her blog Style Within Reach.