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Fashionista NOW: Baju Raya 2014 Batik Peplum Fashion Inspiration

Have you thought about what to wear for the Eid 2014 celebration? If not, let’s start with peplum batik.

With Raya looming, it’s natural that fits and tantrums are thrown when it comes to the matter of what to wear on the celebration. Exaggerations aside, do relax because our fashion inspiration reportage for potential baju raya 2014 continues.

First and foremost, it is key that you find the right peplum style that will do justice to your body type.

Have you always wanted to try out the peplum trend but feel the hype does not translate into when you actually slip on say, a peplum blouse?

You are not alone! And this is because we are all made of different figures.

What is perfect for Rihanna is going to be a nightmare for Taylor Swift, to put in a perspective.

No sweat, check out our tips that accompany the fashion imagery courtesy of fashion-forward lookbookers below to get clued up on how to best pick the right peplum for your body type:

striped peplum top – Forever 21

A peplum is a short flared, gathered, or pleated strip of fabric attached at the waist of a woman’s jacket, dress, or blouse to create a hanging frill or flounce.

The very structure of a peplum tells us that it adds volume to the waist-to-hip area. If you have a boyish silhouette and would like to create the illusion of an hourglass figure, peplum waist seen in the look above will be very fitting. The extended soft and cascading ruffly back of the waist brings volume at your side and hip area where you most need it.

lace peplum top – Shop Imagine

Lace peplum tops are very feminine and glamorous-looking.

Here in Malaysia, it is also a throwback to the time when Saloma, an iconic singer/actress in the 1950s to the early 1980s whose signature wardrobe consisted of a curve-loving and waist-cinching lacy baju kebaya.

In the picture of the lovely Rhea (above), note that the peplum waist is cut very short that it covers just a few inches below her waistline. With a short peplum style, there is the need to make sure that the bottom part is worn fitted to the body so as to showcase a defined waist and hip area accentuated by the peplum (and belt) and also to highlight the peplum flare.

A short pencil skirt is a great pairing to this peplum top style as is a midi pencil skirt or a pair of tapered pants.

vintage polka dot peplum top

And here’s the image to illustrate the point stated before. A short peplum like this is figure-friendly as it can hide a distended tummy after a few rounds of rendang and kuih-muih (cookies and desserts).

What kind of shoes should I wear with a peplum style outfit?

To make sure that your torso is tastefully elongated with a gentle focus resting on your ladylike figure as accented by the peplum, the best footwear that blends in with this look has got to be a pair of slinky pumps, dainty heels and flirty wedges taking in the context that you are heading off to celebrate with friends and family.

If it’s for a super casual thing, put your best foot forward with the kind of footwear you are most likely to slip on. Fashion rules, be gone!

grid peplum top – Zara

Check out the peplum top’s silhouette (above). How does it look to you? It is not waist-hugging at all as the peplum only begins way after her waistline and it has a very mild flounce.

This peplum style is perfect for those with a curvy figure or anyone who refuse to wear tops or skirts that carry a very distinct peplum. This way, you can have a feel for the trend without going outside your comfort zone.

floral peplum top – H&M

This floral peplum is so delightfully perfect for straight to very thin figures. The flouncy peplum adds wonderful volume at the waist and hip areas while the bodice is fitted up until a little above her waistline. If you’d like to bring back some curves to your figure, this peplum’s construction will be your raddest pick.

Now, on to the batik peplum styles that may hopefully get you in the frame of mind to get that perfect Raya outfit:

Eid 2014 peplum batik

mabel abstract batik peplum top – The Rosette Label

Eid 2014 peplum batik skirt

batik peplum waist skirt – Noona via Fashion Valet

Some of these items are out of stock but you can find other similar varieties online. If not in batik, other print styles to consider for your Raya peplum include paisley, floral and other print mixes that float your boat.

Eid 2014 batik peplum dress

anila batik peplum dress – Dapur Batik

If you are a fan of modernizing your Raya outfit, this dress has it all the perfect elements. The solid black peplum top set against the batik midi pencil skirt captures youthfulness and a keen spirit for fashion experimentation.

Eid 2014 mayang batik dress

mayang batik dress with layered batik skirt – Norlive via Berrybenka.com

This dress isn’t called a peplum but the layered skirt over the other skirt gives the illusion that it is. Note how it is most fitted under the bust area. This dress is perfect for hiding that rebellious belly.

So, what do you think of the batik peplum picks showcased here? Would you wear any of them? How do you normally choose your peplum style to wear? Do you consider your shape?

If there is any other tips and tricks that you have up your sleeves to get the perfect peplum style that is complementary to your body shape, do let us know in the comments!

“For me, fashion is like art – it’s for the artist to use whatever tools and materials available to create a masterpiece.”Melinda Looi

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Here on Fashionista NOW, our one and very own Miss Reverie showcases the latest in fashion trends and its various social implications in our everyday lives. You may read more of her at REVERIE SANCTUARY.

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