Thanks to Emma Stone – The Peplum Trend is Making A Nought-y Comeback

Emma Stone turned heads at the 2024 Oscars with a look that’s both refreshingly retro and undeniably chic. But her mint green Louis Vuitton gown embraced a trend that likely sent a shiver down anyone in their 30’s – the peplum.

Remember rocking peplum tops and leather leggings to house parties in 2009, snapping pics on your digital camera for Facebook the next day? While that era might have felt like a fashion faux pas, think again!

Stone’s dramatic peplum wasn’t a complete surprise to those with a finger on the pulse of the latest trends, with celebs including Gabrielle Union and Lupita Nyong’o also showing off peplum-inspired red carpet looks at the Oscars. The trend has been simmering in the background for some time as you might remember from last year’s viral TikTok video by Jade Brandt (@itsmejadeb) which sent Gen-Z into a frenzy and signalled a revival of the ‘business casual in the club’ trend.  

Millennials’ fondness for combining office-worthy pieces like blazers and blouses for a night out was once considered a fashion faux pas – but could the tables be turning?  Is a revamped version ‘business casual in the club’ poised to shake up the fashion scene with the peplum leading the charge?

Megan Watkins, Head Stylist at Silkfred, shares her thoughts with YCB: “Recent Fashion Month shows highlighted the prominence of peplum details, indicating that the peplum is poised to take centre stage for Spring/Summer 2024. While fashion trends often circle back, the return of the peplum is not a direct throwback, alleviating any concerns millennials may have. Fear not, we won’t be witnessing ‘business casual in the club’ anytime soon!”

“Celebrities like Florence Pugh, Kendall Jenner and Allison Williams have all been spotted rocking the throwback trend, bringing the peplum back with a modern edge. While Emma Stone’s statement peplum at the Oscars turned heads, highstreet designers are offering a more wearable version for everyday style. Think soft, flowing fabrics that create a flattering hourglass silhouette, perfect for elevating your everyday wardrobe.”

Charlotte Giver

Charlotte is the founder and editor-in-chief at Your Coffee Break magazine. She studied English Literature at Fairfield University in Connecticut whilst taking evening classes in journalism at MediaBistro in NYC. She then pursued a BA degree in Public Relations at Bournemouth University in the UK. With a background working in the PR industry in Los Angeles, Barcelona and London, Charlotte then moved on to launching Your Coffee Break from the YCB HQ in London’s Covent Garden and has been running the online magazine for the past 10 years. She is a mother, an avid reader, runner and puts a bit too much effort into perfecting her morning brew.