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Feathers as Fashion Accessories

Updated on April 4, 2011

Trend Forecasters Predict Feathers Are the IN Look

 

On a recent trip to the post office I hurried in just before closing. The mail clerk that is usually there was not at the counter but a young woman I had never seen before was there. Because I had several things to mail it took a while, and while I was waiting for the clerk to weigh all the envelopes I noticed something purple and shiny in her hair. Not a barrette or a clip, but long and thin like a piece of very thin tinsel. Since I’m not known to be shy at all I complimented her on her hair adornment and she brushed her hair back with her fingers and played with what turned out to be a feather. Or two! Long and very thin feathers that blended with her hair but were still enough of a contrast to be seen, along with a thread or two of the purple tinsel. She called it a “feather extension,” and assured me that they were all the rage in Hollywood; even giving me the name of someone I should probably know (but don’t) that wears them. Now I certainly don’t follow the trends set by the entertainment industry, or even the fashion industry, for that matter; I tend to follow my own trends, you see. But still, wearing feathers does intrigue me, especially since I do have an overabundance of feathers due to keeping chickens and guinea fowl.

Yes, I have feathers everywhere, even in places not even remotely close to the chicken yard. Beautiful feathers of many colors and sizes, some with fluff and some plain, grace my property wherever I look. Oftentimes I find them stuck to the bottom of my shoes, or a stray feather lodged in my hair, or a feather in the bottom of my pocket. So many feathers! Thinking that there might be a financial component to owning all these wonderful (and now fashionable) feathers, I decided to do a bit of research to get more information.

I did find feather extensions for sale on Etsy, with a query bringing in over 1,300 results! My Google search returned almost 1.5 million results, and my Bing search returned over 3 million hits! Maybe there is more to this feather affectation after all! After more searching using “feather” and “fashion” I can see that feathers are one of the hottest trends for the fashion scene for the coming year. Feathers in jewelry such as earrings and necklaces, on headbands, on shoes and hats, to garments covered in feathers. Yes, feathers everywhere.

Perhaps I do have a chance to sell some of my stray feathers, so I did more Internet research. The results are not good. A dozen rooster tail feathers sell for less than $10.00! I know my rooster wouldn’t give up his tail feathers willingly, so rooster tail feathers are out. Hmmm, plain white feathers with fluff? Speckled guinea feathers? Well, I did find that there is a market for feathers, and if I choose to gather, clean and package them I might find some foo….um customer that wants to buy them. So, while I reconsider whether to embark on my fashionable feather endeavor I can at least know that I am at the height of fashion. That is, if you consider work boots with feathers fashionable.

Feathers as trim on a jacket lapel.
Feathers as trim on a jacket lapel. | Source
Feathers on a bracelet worn as part of a wedding ensemble.
Feathers on a bracelet worn as part of a wedding ensemble. | Source
Feather trim on a shawl.
Feather trim on a shawl. | Source
My stylish feather-adorned boots.
My stylish feather-adorned boots. | Source

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      Kenneth Avery 6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Well written, Tina! Voted up and all but funny. I appreciate your talent so much. And look forward to reading more of your great pieces. Glad for the follow and now I follow you. With honor. Kenneth

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      Tina Julich 6 years ago from Pink

      Thanks! Since I started raising chickens and guineas I've seen feather clothing and accessories everywhere. What do you make with the feathers?

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      Katharine L Sparrow 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I buy packaged feathers to use for craft projects! Never thought of them as a fashion statement! Good hub.

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      Tina Julich 7 years ago from Pink

      Yes, Skalicia, you too can wear feathers. Try feather eyelashes if you are shy about starting with feather fashions. If I can do it, you can too! :-)

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      skalicia 7 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

      That's hilarious! I don't think I could pull of anything feathered but I guess each person has their own sense of style.

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      Tina Julich 7 years ago from Pink

      I was surprised at the fashions I saw online adorned with feathers. One dress didn't have feathers but had a "rooster tail" at the back, somewhat like a bustle. Now that's a fashion trend that NEEDS to make a comeback. Right?

      Some of the feather adornments are beautiful, some just need to go the way of the Dodo bird....

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      skalicia 7 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

      I saw Kelly Bensimon from the Real Housewives of New York wearing feathers! I guess its the latest trend just like fanny packs making the come back.

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