Style on Trial: Feathered mini skirts from Zara

Something we’ve noticed in our years of Fashion Policing, is that most people love feathered mini skirts. Witness:

(Feathered skirts, £79.99: click here to buy them)

You’re already poised to tell us how much you adore these, aren’t you? So today, we’re asking you to explain the appeal. Because while many of our readers think feathered skirts are the cat’s pyjamas, we, on the other hand, tend to think they’re almost as comical as cat’s pyjamas. Seriously, you’re seeing fun, “edgy” fashion here, but we’re just seeing the skinned hydes of Elmo and Grover:

Fashion Icons, 2011

We’re also seeing the glimmerings of a Halloween costume idea, but we don’t want to pay £80 for the privilege, which is what one of these skirts will cost you.

Tell us what we’re missing here, folks. What is it about feathered skirts that makes so many women love them? If you can do this without using the words “quirky” or “edgy” or the phrase “bang on trend”, then you win a cookie from Cookie Monster himself.

14 Comments

  • August 4, 2011

    Razel via Facebook

    cute..

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  • August 4, 2011

    Minka

    I actually really like them. Not on my, obviously, (like I need an extra volume around my hips, thank you very much), but I would not laugh, if I saw something like this in the streets… I think.

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  • August 4, 2011

    Emily

    My friend once wore a black one that was a tiny bit longer and seemed a bit sleeker than these, and looked really good. These ones look a bit like fancy dress though.

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  • August 4, 2011

    Daisy

    I actually own one from Adam, but black, slightly longer and with less feathering. These are a few bridges too far for me. I think it’s the colours specifically that remind me of the Sesame Street characters.

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    • August 4, 2011

      Itzel

      I agree, the colours make them look like puppet wear.

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  • August 4, 2011

    philly

    How do you sit in a feathered anything without smashing the feathers flat? Wouldn’t you look like a chicken run over by a car when you got up?

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    • August 4, 2011

      The Fashion Police

      I’ve always wondered about this too: I suspect I’d have it ruined within a couple of hours of putting it on!

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  • August 4, 2011

    Natasha

    I do like them. I guess it’s because, when done right, I think they can add an interesting texture and perhaps some volume, with a bit of an unusual or unexpected touch. In the right combo, they can look pretty sophisticated. Of course, when I was younger, I did like everything furry and feathery because it was edgy and quirky and fun 🙂
    There is something sexy, I think, in the contrast between a textured and slightly bulky garment such as these, and bare skin.

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  • August 4, 2011

    Nicole

    I really like these in theory (I mean, just look at them–they’re adorable!) but I can’t imagine wearing one in real life. I suppose there’s a ‘costumey’ aspect to them that I just can’t get over. If I saw someone wearing one I’d probably assume they were on their way to a fancy dress party or something. However if they were a more neutral color and a bit less poofy that would be a whole different story…

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  • August 4, 2011

    Nicole

    Also, I just realized what these remind me of!

    http://news.injuryboard.com/uploadedImages/InjuryBoardcom_Content/Blogs/News_Blog/News/feather%20duster500.jpg

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  • August 4, 2011

    Rudi

    Feathers are a lovely, soft run-your-fingers-through-it sort of fabric. Since you can’t really wear them around your neck in every day life someone decided to wrap ’em around her bum.

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  • August 5, 2011

    Amee

    Feathered skirts remind me of some dreadful skin disease. I don’t understand why people like them either.

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  • August 7, 2011

    Yamina

    If they were less bright colors and cheaper, I’d wear them. Feathers are a nice alternative to ruffles (provided that they aren’t plastic), and I love me a ruffled skirt.

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  • September 26, 2011

    sammy

    These skirts are way to over the top. I would feel like a bird in one of them. The picture of sesame street is a great comparison to these skirts. I think if your going ot make something out of bright colors it should be something simple. The feathers and the colors are just way to much!

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