Pretty In Peplum

Add Some Flare To Your Wedding Wear

Waist-defining peplum bridal gown

The peplum style has been around for years. It’s made its way onto skirts, shirts and—the latest trend—wedding dresses. Gown designers start with a soft material for the fun flare and then add a streamlined bottom to create a sleek look that gives an extraordinary slimming effect that brides love. It’s safe to say that the waist-defining peplum is here to stay.


Gown: Hayley Paige strapless fit and flare with corded lace bodice, draped silk dupioni skirt and embellished lace peplum, $2,450. From Pure English, La Promenade Shoppes, Virginia Beach. 

Necklace: 18k yellow gold necklace with oval, multi-color Tahitian, Indonesian South Sea and Chinese freshwater pearls, $6,500. Pendant: 14k yellow gold, pear-shaped morganite elaborated seaweed pendant with endless loop prongs, $19,000.

Earrings: 14k yellow gold, oval Kunzite seaweed swirl “Grace”-style French wire earrings, $4,950. From Jewelry by Gail, Nags Head.

A peplum bridal gown has a slimming effectTO FLARE OR NOT TO FLARE

Gown: Essence, this lovely fit and flare silhouette of Luxe Taffeta features ruching at the bust and ruffles of taffeta on the skirt and chapel train. Detachable peplum included. Swarovski crystal and diamante beaded belt available separately, $1,590. From Maya Couture, Norfolk.

Necklace: 14k yellow gold freshwater peach pearl necklace with shepherds hook clasp, $650. Pendant: 14k yellow gold hand carved white mother of pearl with Orange Mexican Opal vine wrap pendant, $1,350.

Earrings: 14k yellow gold peach petal pearl seaweed wrap French wire earrings, $690. From Jewelry by Gail, Nags Head.


From left: Cocktail length, sleeveless, bateau neckline Mikado dress with peplum detail over slim skirt shown in cardinal with matching belt by Alfred Sung, $203. From Maya Couture, Norfolk; Blush pink Mikado strapless dress with peplum pencil skirt, $240. From Pure English, La Promenade Shoppes, Virginia Beach; Jim Hjelm Occasions Bridesmaids magenta silky taffeta strapless dress with draped neckline, natural waist with peplum and lace detail, $290. From Pure English, La Promenade Shoppes, Virginia Beach

Photography: Jim Pile
Styling: Pamela Hopkins
Creative Director: David Uhrin
Freelance Model: Emily Thompson
Hair and Makeup: Ashleigh Cook and Stacie Reynolds with Salon Vivace, Virginia Beach,
Words: Tabitha Shiflett
Jewelry: Provided by Jewelry by Gail, Inc., 207 East Driftwood St., Nags Head, N.C., 800-272-9817, 252-441-5387,
Bridal Fashions: Provided by Pure English, La Promenade Shoppes, Virginia Beach,; and Maya Couture, Norfolk,