Florence Pugh Revives the Controversial Peplum Style With a High-Fashion Update

Florence Pugh turned heads at the London Critics' Circle Film Awards in a bright red peplum dress. See why she's making the controversial style totally cool and chic again.

By Alyssa Morin Feb 06, 2023 8:38 PMTags
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Don't worry darling, Florence Pugh is making peplums chic again.

The actress turned up the heat in a bright fire engine red look while attending the London Critics' Circle Film Awards Feb. 5. For the ceremony at The Mayfair Hotel, Florence stunned in a Robert Wun design from the spring 2023 couture runway that featured a ruched sweetheart neckline, lace-up corseted bodice and a fanned-out, pleated peplum.

And even though The Wonder star paired her outfit with equally jaw-dropping accessories—like a larger-than-life cowgirl hat and floor-length veil—it was her gown's peplum centerpiece that stole the spotlight. If anything, Florence's red carpet look is making a strong case for bringing back the controversial style. 

Not only has the 27-year-old revived the past trend in recent weeks, but Reese Witherspoon put her own spin on the peplum in a vibrant baby blue Valentino dress at the Your Place or Mine Los Angeles premiere on Feb. 2. Demi Lovato also wore a peplum-styled gown for the pre-Grammys Gala Feb. 4.

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What the Fashion

Peplums, a style that dates as far back as ancient Greece, didn't really have a bad rep until the 2010s when it was designed as a business-casual look rather than a high-fashion detail.

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Whether you love it or hate it, it's clear that peplums are slowly becoming a red carpet staple, especially thanks to chic updates and unique silhouettes like Florence's London Critics' Circle Film Awards look. And since Y2K-inspired fashion continues to take over, it was only a matter of time before peplums entered the chat.

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With that, keep scrolling to relive the nostalgic style trends celebrities recently brought back.

Dress-Over-Jeans

Katie Holmes revived one of the most controversial getups of the early aughts. Pairing a strapless blue silk dress over baggy denim pants with frayed hems (which only added to the Y2K fashion factor) and black runners, the Dawson's Creek star's outfit gave fans a blast from the past.

Low-Rise Skirts

Keke Palmer swept the Los Angeles premiere of Nope in a glorious look reminiscent of the Y2K era. In addition to bringing back the low-rise skirt, the actress wore other nostalgic pieces such as a cropped corset top and diamond choker.

The Lady Di Look

Hailey Bieber took a fashion cue from Princess Diana wearing an oversized sweater with biker shorts, crew socks and thick sneakers. The Rhode Beauty founder's ensemble was a recreation of Lady Di's off-duty style, which she popularized in the '90s.

Side Parts

After TikTokers deemed the side part dead, celebrities like Megan Fox, Kourtney Kardashian and Euphoria's Sydney Sweeney resurrected it in 2022.

Tube Tops

Fashion flashback! In July, Bella Hadid stepped out in New York City with a see-through black tube top and low-rise pants that looked like something Sarah Jessica Parker's Sex and the City character Carrie Bradshaw would wear in the early seasons of the HBO show.

Feathered Bucket Hats

After channeling Pamela Anderson for Halloween, Megan embodied the '90s icon again at the Audacy Beach Festival on Dec. 4. The Jennifer's Body actress recreated Pam's famous 1999 MTV VMAs look, in which she wore a larger-than-life pink feathered hat.

While bucket hats were revived in recent years, Megan's eye-catching accessory brought back a specific trend from the '90s. 

Spiky Updos

Spiky updos—a late-'90s and early-'00s hairstyle previously worn by Claire Danes, Victoria Beckham, Mandy Moore and others—officially made a comeback during this year's awards season. From Olivia Rodrigo to Doja Cat, the sharp, bold look was all the rage on the red carpet.

Pleated Mini Skirts

Whether or not you watched Rebelde (or Gossip Girl), having a pleated miniskirt in your school wardrobe rotation meant you were the definition of chic. Miu Miu made it a closet staple once again after showcasing micro-minis on its fall/winter 2022 runway in February.

Choker Necklaces

While chokers have had a revival in recent years, celebrities upped the ante by adding charming details to the '90s-famous necklace. For the 2022 Baby2Baby Gala in November, Anitta paired her white gown with a black choker that featured a massive jewel-embellished gold cross. 

Baby Tees

Kendall Jenner gave baby tees a new life back in February, as she was spotted stepping out during a Los Angeles photoshoot. 

Snap Hair Clips

Want to channel a '90s A-lister in the beauty department? All you need are some snap hair clips. Celebrity hairstylist Laura Polko added a modern twist to the nostalgic look by sectioning a thin layer of Camila Cabello's strands, snapping them with a row of chic black clips and leaving the rest of her hair sleek.

Platform Flip-Flops

Celebs have been head over heels for the late-'90s, early 2000s accessory: Platform flip-flops. Case in point? Dua Lipa paired her chunky black sandals with a keyhole cutout dress during a Miami trip in July.

Baguette Bags

Ashley Graham proved just how timeless a Fendi baguette bag is when she rocked a multicolored version of the design in May. The accessory—often credited as the first "it" bag—took the fashion world by storm after Carrie Bradshaw donned the piece throughout the late-'90s and early aughts on Sex and the City.

Windbreakers

Before velour tracksuits sprung onto the scene in the early 2000s, windbreakers had been all the rage. In July, Kim Kardashian revived the past sportswear trend during a New York City outing, wearing a navy blue graphic-lined look.

Cargo Pants

From Emily Ratajkowski to Hailey Bieber and Rihanna, celebrities made a convincing case to bring back cargo pants. The utilitarian piece was given a stylish update as stars rocked the bottoms with trendy crop tops, sky-high heels and tailored coats. 

Corset Tops

During the noughties, celebs like Eve, Katy Perry, Beyoncé and Christina Aguilera made it oh-so-cool to pair a corset top with jeans. But this year, stars gave the past trend a chic refresh, wearing their corset tops with coordinating bottoms like Camila Mendes at the Do Revenge screening in September.

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