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Princess Kate’s peplum jacket is now at the top of our spring wishlist: here's 5 you can shop now

The Princess of Wales wore a sensational Erdem skirt suit, adorned with a dramatic ruffle

Natalie Salmon
Fashion Digital Editor
Updated: March 14, 2023
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They say fashion is cyclical, and nowhere is this more true than in the case of the Princess of Wales’ sensational skirt suit, adorned with a dramatic peplum ruffle, which she wore to attend the Commonwealth Day service on 13 March at Westminster Abbey.

The royal and her husband Prince William  joined King Charles for his first ever Commonwealth Day service as monarch. For the occasion Princess Kate opted for a navy Erdem ensemble with delicately embroidered white flowers, the shape giving her a classic 1940s silhouette. She paired the outfit with a matching wide-brimmed navy saucer hat, gloves and clutch bag. To complete the look she opted to keep things tonal in matching sensible suede navy heels.

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Peplums started trending late last year and were championed by Vanessa Kirby and Nicola Peltz, who both opted for the same peplum dress from Schiaparelli’s SS23 Ready-To-Wear collection.

When did the Peplum come into fashion?

Cast your mind back to 2012.  No outfit was complete without an over-skirt or ruffle attached to the waistline of a skirt, top, or dress.

Peplum was everywhere, in fact the peplum dress was easily 2012's most wanted fashion item. Search statistics at the time revealed that the term 'peplum dress' was 2012’s most popular, closely followed by onesies and leather shorts. It was spotted on Tory Burch, Peter Som, Marc Jacobs and Zac Posen runways back in fall 2012. Glamour magazine called it "The silhouette of Spring 2012!" 

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Now a decade later, Princess Kate has made a case for the return of this early 2010's fashion staple. 

The 5 best peplum pieces to shop now:



V04 Fitted Jacket, £3,300, Dior


Peplum Blazer Jacket, £1,902, Del Core


Peplum jumper, £765, Erdem




Philiya peplum suit jacket, £250, Ted Baker



Jersey peplum blazer in pink floral, £70, ASOS


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