In Fine Feather: Choosing the Right Feathered Pieces for Spring

March 2, 2011 • Runway/Realway, Yahoo


Alia Rajput for Second City Style Magazine

The end is in sight; we’ve rounded the last bend of winter’s crippling chill and can see spring’s thaw on the horizon. Sure we may have at least another month before it actually warms up, but still – it's time to send the bulky overcoat to the cleaners and shake out the lighter layers. And to celebrate, why not add a festive touch to this year’s warmer weather wardrobe with the fluff and fringe of feathers! No longer just to tuck in your cap, the plumes adorned countless pieces on the fall’ 11 runways, serving up an extra dose of shimmy with every step. But despite covering coats and sweaters for fall, the light and delicate nature of feathers makes them just as wearable, if not more so, for spring.

Black feathered accents can provide a serious dose of drama in subtle ways. Trailing across a neckline or décolletage, black feathers provide a sultry and sensual suggestion while flouncing along a hemline, they add a flirty edge to your stems. Chanel amped up the theatrics of both on their Spring ’11 runways, adding in sheer panels and chunky heels to modernize the retro glam of the feathers. For a more basic take on the high drama look, a playful little mini from DKNY is equal parts fun and sophisticated. The tiered feathers along the hemline offer up a shade of movement and depth without appearing too costumey for day wear.

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