Friday, 6 November 2009

Feathered Fashion Frenzy

Unless you’ve been hiding your head in the sand so far this season you won’t have failed to notice that feathers are big news.

From subtle feather earrings and headbands to all out feather party wear, there is a large choice of feathered items available to buy this season. The trend has been favoured by numerous celebrities and if they think it’s good enough to wear on the red carpet then who are we to argue?!

Feathers featured in the AW09 collection by Alexander McQueen, including an elaborate red feathered strapless dress (see below) and a feathered headband; a copy of which is now available on the high street from Topshop in a number of colours for less than £30.

Burberry Prorsum have also gone mad for feathers, creating a light brown feathered dress for AW09 as worn by Kate Bosworth (see below) and feathers have even graced the wardrobe of US Vogue editor Anna Wintour, spotted wearing a long white Ralph Lauren dress with a white feather collar.

Having had a quick browse on there is no shortage of exquisite feather clothing and accessories to spend a small fortune on this season, if you have the money to spend of course (my eye’s on the gorgeous black Oscar de La Renta dress!).

However, returning from the fantasy world of designer clothing, it is just as easy to get involved with the feather trend on a much more reasonable budget. A good place to start is with accessories, I’ve had my eye on this feathered clutch bag from for weeks now and it would look perfect teamed with a velvet dress, a statement necklace, some pearl earrings and some black ankle boots. At £25 it’s a great investment for the Christmas season as black clutches can be worn with pretty much anything.

Urban Outfitters are currently stocking a selection of feathered hair clips and hair bands for under £20, giving you an easy way to introduce feathers into your everyday wardrobe. Subtle yet interesting, they would look particularly on trend with wavy hair and perhaps some matching blue/green eyeliner to add extra interest.

To up your fashion credentials even more this season, why not purchase this feathered skirt from Topshop (£75). Nude shades are key this season and highly versatile; worn with bare legs and a black silky cami top tucked in this skirt screams old school glamour. Whilst not the cheapest option around, feather-ware is best bought on the more premium side of the high street, as no one wants to leave a pile of feathers behind when they stand up.

If you’d rather not wear literal feathers then there are many items available with feather print, taking the trend from the glamorous to the casual. Oasis do a feather print sleeveless top (£45) that can easily be worn with jeans and pumps. Subtle hints of feathers are a great way to stay on trend without taking too much of a risk.

The last word in feathery fashion is eyelashes. There are so many great sets of false eyelashes out there it would simply be foolish not to give them a go! I love these genuine peacock feather ‘Strut’ eyelashes by Eylure. Practical? No. Gorgeous? Yes!

If I haven’t convinced you to join in with the feathered frenzy never fear. I’m sure it won’t be long before you spot the perfect item to convince you that feathers can be practical and highly stylish at the same time.

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