Feathers: How not to look like Big Bird from Sesame Street
Feathers are the new fur. Yes, I’m "fur“ real - at least for Spring, they are. So, bring on the feathers!
This seems to be the year of extravagant fashion - the bigger, the better. Big shoulders, big boots, big accessories, so naturally - feathers are the next big thing. We’ve seen big feathers on the runway that may or may not have resembled Big Bird or a peacock. And while it’s one thing to brave feathers on the runway, it’s a whole other thing to wear them "in real life“.
Feathers go along with the camp movement, which is coming back in a BIG way. Even this year's Met Gala made "camp" the theme of the event, because fashion meets art in camp. If you’re unfamiliar with camp, think Drag Queens, glitz, extravagance, kitsch and fabulous weirdness - it’s not for everyone. However, you can take a small piece of the movement - feathers - and voilà, you're doing camp. Even Anna Wintour, Naomi Campbell and Joan Collins embraced feathers in their attire at the Met and looked phenomenal.
Now it’s no secret that this isn’t a groundbreaking trend; we’ve seen feathers in the 20’s already. Great Gatsby glamour comes to mind. Feathers may seem "dressed up“ or like you’re about to attend a boho party, but there are ways to wear the trend without looking "old“. Feathers really add another texture or dimension, if you will, to your outfit. Plus, they are a fun accessory to have and may just lift your mood. Whether you’re a fan or not, incorporating feathers into your wardrobe is actually easier than you might think.
HOW TO WEAR FEATHERS FOR EVERYDAY:
The easiest way to style feathers is by starting with accessories, such as a purse or some little heels. This is a great „accent“ and can compliment your everyday wardrobe nicely. You’ll also find tops and dresses with feathers lining the bottom or sleeves. This is incredibly chic and can be worn with basics for an elevated look without screaming feathers. Essentially, you’ll want to stick with refined feather linings or cuffs and you wont have to worry about looking like a bird.
However, if you’re a feather freak, then you can’t go wrong with an all-feather dress - but you may risk resembling Big Bird - or is it just camp?