An extra little flounce of fabric, the peplum became extremely popular in the excess of the 80’s. One skirt just wasn’t enough, so the peplum offered a second, shorter skirt over the first to satisfy even the most skirt-hungry fanatic.
Peplums were seen frequently in 1940’s women’s wear, and before that were often called ‘basques,’ meaning an additional skirt on a bodice. In the 80’sm peplums weren’t only for skirts, however—occasionally, they were seen on pants, shorts and even jackets. Wherever a little ‘floof’ of fabric could be placed to put some swing in the thing, peplums were there.