Feathers in fashion
Fossil evidence indicates that humans have been killing birds for use as accessories since the age of neanderthals. In the intervening years, feathers have been a staple in jewelry especially. More recently, the feather has gone from “staple” to “statement”. Hipster fashion is known for its creative repurposing of past trends, and as a group they’re especially fond of Native American motifs and nature-based accessories. Feathers combine both, and provide the highly sought-after “I-may-have-handcrafted-this” look.
Wear these to spice up an otherwise boring outfit, or as the 14th layer of icing on an Olsen twin- style fashion cake. Looking to show your 1/32nd Cherokee pride? Find yourself a piece featuring a large feather. Pair it with denim (or a flowing skirt, if you want to go all in), an oversized sweater, and a light top. Start with basic tones that evoke scenes of pre-colonization America. Aim for the navy blue of the night sky, the subdued green of the mighty redwood’s aromatic needle, or the sensual deep burgundy of the richest soil. If you can’t describe the color using the words “subtle”, “rustic”, or “natural”, you can’t wear it with your feathers. Cry about it.
From the epidermis of ornamental fowl to your very own hair, this is the most recent development in the contemporary feather scene. At B’s Salon in Dixon, they vary in price from $5 for the shorter and more basic to $30 for the more ornate feathers.
The same rule applies, colorwise, to hair feathers: stick with natural tones. Two quick questions, to test comprehension.
1) Is it acceptable to wear a color you’ve never seen on a North American bird?
2) Is it okay to install feathers in colors that are also used for highlighting?
The answers were no and no. If you’re interested in sharp color contrast, get your actual hair dyed. Scared of bleach? Paint your nails. Combining statement pieces is usually tacky and often revolting.
FEATHERS ON CLOTHING
This is more abstract. Usually just pictures of feathers, these tend to grace tops found at stores like Forever 21. Frequently paired with dreamcatchers and howling wolves, some type of fashion-forward cut or fabric is required to distance yourself from the weird kid community; they identify each other by their tie-dyed wolf shirts. Alternatively, you could just be attractive and demonstrate basic social skills. Either is effective deterrent. Avoid denim at all costs when wearing a feather shirt. These are best with high-waisted shorts or a skirt.