Were you just as glued to the 2012 Academy Awards as I was? So many amazing outfits, inspiring speeches, and the Cirque du Soleil BLEW MY MIND.

Okay, back to the trends – muted tones, bright reds, and peplums stole the show. Plus, peplums have been all over the runways, so it’s about time we talk about them. Plus, I really want one … now!

Let me break this trend down for ya.

Peplum: (pronounced pep -lum):  A short overskirt or ruffle attached at the waistline of a jacket, blouse, or dress. (courtesy of thefreedictionary.com)

Oscar Examples: Tina Fey, Michelle Williams

Skinny-Budget Buys

Tag (left to right): Two-Strap Peplum Dress, $34.99 at Ally Fashion.

TFNC Pleat Trim Peplum Bandeau Dress, Was $90.00, Now $44.76 at Asos.

Showbiz Strapless Coral-Red Dress, $39.00 at LuLu*s.

Metallic Peplum Top,  Was $50.13, Now $39.60 at Asos.

Peplum-int Candy Golden Yellow Dress, $28.00 at LuLu*s

Midi Dress With Lace Peplum, Was $62.69, Now $31.33 at Asos.

 

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