Opulence England at Asos, £300
The other discouraging factor was the price. Although brands with different average pricepoints offer these types of dresses/skirts, the presence of the feathers bumps up the price signifficantly.
What pushed me over the line of skepticism towards hip plumage was actually seeing one in real life. The culprit was this Warehouse dress, and although I'm not a fan of the top, the texture of the skirt blew me away. What appears to be ostrich feathers hover and glide softly as you move the fabric - mesmerising!
The fact is that I, like many othe DIY enthusiasts, go "ppppft! I could make that myself in 10 minutes, just give me ascrewdriver and some Mod Podge!" whenever I see anything remotely handmade-looking for sale. A common claim is also that it would cost "like, £1.20 to make"..
So here I am, digging for ostrich feather trim on ebay. The idea is to not only create a feather skirt with a flattering silhouette, but to make the top of the dress (prepare yourselves!) warm. Because is it just me, or are the majority of party dresses on offer completely winter-inappropriate?
To be continued..