Even while batting for a cricket game, this duchess looks almost effortlessly demure in her Luisa Spagnoli red skirt-suit.
Duchess Kate on the cricket pitch, in Christchurch, New Zealand. Image: Getty Images
Nicely belted at the waist, this flattering, forties-inspired look was worn by the Duchess of Cambridge (née Catherine “Kate” Middleton) on April 14, 2014 in Christchurch with her husband the Duke of Cambridge. The royal couple are still in the midst of their three-week tour around Australia and New Zealand, together with their son Prince George. They will leave New Zealand for Sydney in Australia next.
While we're hardly going to recommend wearing this look out to the fields like the duchess here ‒ think of those heels! ‒it's really easy-peasy to wear this peplum style.
A ruffle detail is much loved by the Duchess of Cambridge, who has been spotted in other similar styles from Alexander McQueen and more of her favourite brands. As the duchess would know, a peplum adds a touch of drama to a simple suit; the late Princess Diana too, shared this penchant for the peplum back in the eighties.
So if you, like the Duchess, have a soft spot for peplum-centric fashion, why not embrace it by shopping these styles from the SheShops Online Store.
Left to right: Daydream Nation jacket with detachable peplum (US$525, approximately S$669), Raoul dropwaist dress (US$395), Fleamadonna peplum top (US$390), skirt (US$450) and multi-print top (US$420). Images: SheShops
Pick a high-waisted peplum to help conceal not-so-perfect abs, while keeping your look feminine and curvy; this style flatters more boyish body shapes too. As seen on the Duchess, opt to pair a midi a-line skirt with a peplum top, for that lengthening effect.
You don't necessarily have to wear a peplum at the waist either. Why not try out a Great Gatsby-esque drop waist dress with peplum detail, a style with a lengthening effect on your torso. This dress style fits loosely over your waist; good for days when you're feeling a bit more self-conscious about your tummy.
For the more sartorially adventurous, why not try wearing double peplum, like with these chic separates from Fleamadonna (seen above, third from the right). Pairing the top with a midi skirt with a peplum hemline is an easy way to flaunt this waist-cinching look for the evening.
If you're on the petite side, opt for a less voluminous peplum detail, so as not to overwhelm your slighter frame.
Shop these styles now on SheShops:
Raoul Posey Peplum Dropwaist Dress
Fleamadonna Multi Print Peplum Top
Fleamadonna Metallic Peplum Top
Daydream Nation Tin Man Short Jacket
Fleamadonna Black Padding Long Skirt
Fleamadonna Short Sleeve Ruffle Blouse