Okay, so in my last post I speculated as to whether feathers were as bad as fur. Having discovered that they are, I decided to do a little research on alternatives for the animal-friendly, fashion-concious.
I have discovered that you can get faux feathers, which are made of plastic tubing and extruded synthetic thread or fabric. They are however generally expensive, hard to find on fashionable garments and definately nowhere in sight on anything vintage.
I found out that if the only feather you have a penchant for is peacock, you are probably fine and dandy, as peacock feathers are collected by hand annually during the peacock's moulting season. I also delved a little further to discover the peacocks welfare - most are living the life of kings, as they have to be well looked after to guaruntee good feathers and because they are mostly ornamental, free-roaming birds anyway. (Although some are ranched, but you can check for humane care-labels).
Lastly, I decided that the third alternative was to go for a funky print - then you can change colour, shape, style at will - not to mention your outfit will not be ruined by a sudden downpour!
Try these awesome printed tights by Bebaroque:
Or maybe work the maxi trend for summer with a stunning print dress by Temperley:
Last but not least by any means, try this jewel-toned cardigan by AX Paris: