There is something about the peplum that is so lady-like but also so fashion. Spring / Summer 2012's universal love for the peplum was born out of many a runway show from the likes of Marc by Marc Jacobs in New York, Nina Ricci in Paris and David Koma in London. With this in mind as well as a keen celebrity up taking, there's no wonder the peplum has gone on to be one of the high-street's favourite, most commonly adopted and key trends of the season.

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Why do we love it so much? The peplum has appeal on many levels to many a taste; keen lady-like addicts love them for all different reasons than edgy fashionables. For feminine females, a peplum adds to the hourglass shape, accentuates the waist and has an ultra-feminine feel. For the fashionably adventurous, it's all about playing with proportion and the more extreme the better. Whatever camp you're in, you should find something to your taste in our top pick of the peplums shopping gallery above.

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