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Peplum: Why you can wear it

Va-va-voom describes this sheer top woven with glittery

Va-va-voom describes this sheer top woven with glittery thread, $29.95 at select H&M stores. Photo Credit: Handout

For many women, the gut reaction to this season's ubiquitous peplum is definitive: "No way!" But naysayers to the peplum phenom ought to think again, as that added flounce of fabric offers a bonus: It can be figure flattering on many different body types.

This plus-sized printed knit top has a gently
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This plus-sized printed knit top has a gently flared peplum; $34.95 at select H&M stores.

Va-va-voom describes this sheer top woven with glittery
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Va-va-voom describes this sheer top woven with glittery thread, $29.95 at select H&M stores.

Sleek, sophisticated and right on trend is this
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Sleek, sophisticated and right on trend is this slim little cocktail number by alice + olive in a vibrant shade of plum; $264 at Bloomingdale's stores and bloomingdales.com.

A clever faux leather p�plum is a little
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A clever faux leather p�plum is a little extra added oomph for your new favorite LBD by Aqua, PRICE?? at select Bloomingdale's stores and bloomingdales.com.

A fluttering peplum hem adds whimsy to this
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A fluttering peplum hem adds whimsy to this flirty, soft pink sweater of lambswool, angora and nylon; $180 at select Bloomingdale's stores and bloomingdales.com.

This plenty by Tracy Reese vivid blue violet
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This plenty by Tracy Reese vivid blue violet peplum shell is the perfect topper for pants and jeans; $158 at tracyreese.com ( http://TracyReese.com ).

Top this graphic, multi-color matte stretch silk peplum
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Top this graphic, multi-color matte stretch silk peplum skirt by Milly with a sexy, slim top and you're good to go out anywhere. At MillyNY.com ( http://millyny.com/ ) $250

Holiday dressing is oh-so-stylish in Tracy Reese's peppermint
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Holiday dressing is oh-so-stylish in Tracy Reese's peppermint silk charmeuse confection with a slightly poufy peplum. At TracyReese.com ( http://tracyreese.com/ ), $398

Kat Dennings of CBS-TV show
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Kat Dennings of CBS-TV show "Two Broke Girls" recently showed up for a press conference wearing this smart little black number by DKNY that features an asymmetrical peplum; s $395 a select DKNY stores. (Oct.2012)

Wavy stripes and white piping are the hallmarks
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Wavy stripes and white piping are the hallmarks of this easy-to-wear knit skater top by Free People; PRICE at Mixology stores and shopmixology.com

This little leopard print dress by Barri is
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This little leopard print dress by Barri is sassy and cute and just a bit wild; $38 at Mixology stores and shopmixology.com. (Oct. 2012)

This swanky wool and cashmere peplum jacket by
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This swanky wool and cashmere peplum jacket by Alexander McQueen boasts architectural lines and a sculptural flair; $2,695 at select Saks Fifth Avenue stores. (Oct. 2012)

Can a peplum be streamlined? For sure, as
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Can a peplum be streamlined? For sure, as evidenced by the Burberry Brit hooded jacket that offers a chic yet subtle peplum; $750 at select Bloomingdale's stores and bloomingdales.com.

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