05/31/2012 05:01 EDT | Updated 06/01/2012 04:56 EDT

Feather Earrings Should Fly Away From Fashion: Minute 16


By definition, trends are fleeting. They're ephemeral. And each day we see our fair share of looks we'd like to remove from our sartorial lexicon. So join us, each week, as we analyze a trend that's had its 15 minutes of fame. These looks are well into their Minute 16, folks. It's time to usher them toward stage left.

The Trend:We've already discussed our disapproval of feather hair extensions but now we're back on the feather train to discuss our disdain for feather earrings. This trend takes your standard drop earrings, but instead of jewels or beads hanging from your ears, there are feathers. These earrings come in a variety of colours and lengths -- some even hanging to shoulder-length.

Chief Offenders: Last summer, we saw stars like Gwyneth Paltrow and Drew Barrymore wearing feather earrings. But now that it's almost summer 2012, we can happily say celebs have put the feathers down. But -- we can't say that's 100 per cent true for the everyday woman.

What's Wrong With It: Feathers have always been around in fashion but these earrings are taking the trend a bit too far. They are bold, bright and we understand wanting to punch up a look as much as the next girl, but resembling an animal about to take flight is maybe not the best way to achieve this goal.

The feather earring started last year when fashionable folk embraced the "bohemian surfer-chick" vibe. They instantly became a favourite of the music festival circuit and eventually trickled into clubs everywhere. This is where feather earrings' purpose got ruffled -- they became too mainstream and lost their charm.

As well over the past year, clothing lines have become sharper, and accessories reimagined to be the most important part of an outfit rather than a wispy afterthought. Fashion has evolved and is heading towards crisp tailoring, so we think it's time that feathers are plucked from our jewelry boxes.

May We Suggest: We do love statement accessories like the bib necklace and a statement drop earring is a great addition to a complete an outfit. By adding statement jewelry, you can bring a look from the day to the night with one simple accessory and when fashion is made easy, everything feels right.

What do you think? Are we just plain wrong about this trend? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @HuffPostCaStyle.

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