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Peplum, also known as an overskirt, is a short section of fabric attached to the waistline of a dress, jacket, jumpsuit or top. These tops can be worn over jeans, pencil skirts, trousers and leggings. They work well with all body types and is a great choice for individuals that want to hide their midriff. This fashion trend can easily be seen in many asoebi styles and corporate and casual wears. While these may be a top trend, there are other alternatives to choose from for a stylish look. Here are a few.

The Fringe

If you are a lover of salsa and Latin dances like myself, you’ll love a fringe dress. They are perfect on a casual or party outfit. It is a top choice for designers when embellishing dresses and tops. The use of fringe on fabric creates that extra easy-breezy, playful feel. They are very easy to pull off and perfect for the girly girl. Adding fringe on your Ankara or asoebi style gives you that extra chic sophistication that makes you stand out.


Ruffles are designer add-ons that turn any dress or top from a plain simple one to a stylish one. They are long pieces of fabric made into shorter ones to create fullness in the area which it is attached to. When it is styled right, it inspires an attitude that gives you that youthful and free-spirited look. They add some fun and trendy layers to your outfit.

Asymmetrical Dresses

They are edgy, easy to wear and require minimal styling. The easiest way to identify an asymmetrical dress is by its slanted hemline or neckline. Its most common design feature is a one-shouldered bodice. If you want to make an asymmetrical dress out of fabric, you can decide its slant direction, ranging from a subtle slant in one direction to two slants going both ways. This dress style is for the edgy fashionistas.

Baloon Sleeves

This is a very girly style that was brought back from the ’70s and ’80s. This Victorian style trend is a great alternative to the peplum. Balloon sleeves are puffy and come in different styles. They can also be made on dresses, tops and jumpsuits.

Double Layered Off Shoulder Dresses

Off shoulders are simple yet effortlessly stylish. They are very versatile, hence its multiple styling options. It can be worn as a casual outfit, an elegant dinner dress, a cocktail or party dress or a simple casual outfit. However you choose to rock the double layered off shoulder style, ensure it’s the right size and type for your body and you have the perfect undergarment to give you maximum comfort.

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This article was first published on 17th April 2019


Koko Okpo is a creative media specialist and lover of the arts. She loves God, loves life and her family.

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