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Kate Middleton Rocks the Peplum Look for a Slimming Effect
The Duchess of Cambridge is ending her tour of Australia with a stylish bang. READ: 12 Tips For Looking Thinner PEOPLE Magazine is reporting Kate Middleton, along with husband Prince William, marked their final night down under Thursday with a chic cocktail party at the home of their host, governor-general Sir Peter Cosgrove. As expected, the 32-year-old mother of Prince George dazzled in a figure-hugging white gown -- and she made use of a super-slimming fashion trick. While Middleton is known for her lean shape, she still managed to make her midsection appear even smaller with help of a delicate lace peplum skirt wrapping around her waist. The dress, created by designer Lela Rose, was paired with simple black court heels, diamond drop earrings, and a romantic chignon. Glamour Magazine is reporting the gown is from the Spring 2012 collection. Not everyone could splurge on this couture piece, but stylists insist anyone can channel their inner royal and add slimming peplum to their closet. Middleton’s take on peplum may appear fresh, but like with anything else in fashion, this trend isn’t a new one. PHOTOS: Royal Couple Share Adorably Awkward Moment “The peplum trend has been popular since women were sporting corsets in the 1800s,” explains vintage fashion stylist and expert Jasmin Rodriguez. “The idea was to dramatically accentuate the curves of a woman’s figure, and it still works magic for the female silhouette today.” “What makes this trend even more popular is that it benefits every woman’s body type,” adds Rodriguez. “For instance, if you’re slim, sporting the peplum will give the illusion of curves. If you’re a curvy girl it will make your waist appear smaller. Who wouldn’t want that coveted coke bottle figure?” Stylists Jocelyn Sanchez and Miranda Baham of online personal styling site Stitch Fix also recommend the peplum look, specifically for its ability to cinch the midsection. READ: Queen Advises Kate On How To Keep Her Underwear Out Of View “For women, it is always flattering to highlight your waistline,” they say. “To show off your waist, try using a belt to cinch in a cute summer dress or (simply) add a fun peplum top to your wardrobe. These styles create a very visually pleasing shape.” Another perk? A peplum skirt is a simple layer that can easily hide an unwanted belly pooch, although we doubt the statuesque Duchess has that problem! For some inspiration, check out how Middleton rocked the peplum below:
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Kate Middleton Rocks the Peplum Look for a Slimming Effect

The Duchess of Cambridge is ending her tour of Australia with a stylish bang. READ: 12 Tips For Looking Thinner PEOPLE Magazine is reporting Kate Middleton, along with husband Prince William, marked their final night down under Thursday with a chic cocktail party at the home of their host, governor-general Sir Peter Cosgrove. As expected, the 32-year-old mother of Prince George dazzled in a figure-hugging white gown -- and she made use of a super-slimming fashion trick. While Middleton is known for her lean shape, she still managed to make her midsection appear even smaller with help of a delicate lace peplum skirt wrapping around her waist. The dress, created by designer Lela Rose, was paired with simple black court heels, diamond drop earrings, and a romantic chignon. Glamour Magazine is reporting the gown is from the Spring 2012 collection. Not everyone could splurge on this couture piece, but stylists insist anyone can channel their inner royal and add slimming peplum to their closet. Middleton’s take on peplum may appear fresh, but like with anything else in fashion, this trend isn’t a new one. PHOTOS: Royal Couple Share Adorably Awkward Moment “The peplum trend has been popular since women were sporting corsets in the 1800s,” explains vintage fashion stylist and expert Jasmin Rodriguez. “The idea was to dramatically accentuate the curves of a woman’s figure, and it still works magic for the female silhouette today.” “What makes this trend even more popular is that it benefits every woman’s body type,” adds Rodriguez. “For instance, if you’re slim, sporting the peplum will give the illusion of curves. If you’re a curvy girl it will make your waist appear smaller. Who wouldn’t want that coveted coke bottle figure?” Stylists Jocelyn Sanchez and Miranda Baham of online personal styling site Stitch Fix also recommend the peplum look, specifically for its ability to cinch the midsection. READ: Queen Advises Kate On How To Keep Her Underwear Out Of View “For women, it is always flattering to highlight your waistline,” they say. “To show off your waist, try using a belt to cinch in a cute summer dress or (simply) add a fun peplum top to your wardrobe. These styles create a very visually pleasing shape.” Another perk? A peplum skirt is a simple layer that can easily hide an unwanted belly pooch, although we doubt the statuesque Duchess has that problem! For some inspiration, check out how Middleton rocked the peplum below:

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