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The Peplum

It’s not often we welcome adding a few extra inches to our waistlines. But lo and behold, here comes the return of the peplum: ruffled mid-section overskirts that have been cropping up everywhere. Taking its name from the Greek word peplos, which means “tunic,” the peplum was revived in the 1940s to create the illusion of an exaggerated hourglass figure. Now appearing on the runways of Rodarte, Dior, Givenchy, and others, the modern peplum’s pouf is amplified — a tribute, we suppose, to our 21st-century state of mind: go big or go home!

_ Stuff Boston