Peacocks get a bad rap. Proud, vain… not flattering adjectives for birds that are so exotic and unique. Dammit, those birds deserve to be proud of their looks, and we deserve just as much to incorporate their pretty pretty feathers into our fashions. Peacock feathers have inspired such great and daring fashion moments as Nicole Kidman’s 2005 Golden Globes dress and Margaret Cho’s 2004 Grammy Awards dress:
And of course, there’s Aubrey Beardsley’s famous ”The Peacock Skirt” illustration for Oscar Wilde’s Salome.
I mean, even Nike has jumped on the peacock bandwagon with the Peacock Air Force One sneakers.
Have I got you excited about peacock patterns yet? Personally, I’m a sucker for them. I have peacock feather earrings, necklaces, barrettes, and at one time a peacock shirt. Not to mention these fantastic ICON peacock slides (which, by the way, I got for a song, with some sale-hunting assistance from Shoesense).
They’re fun, they’re different, and who says peacock feathers ever go out of style? They’ll always add something unique to your wardrobe. So let’s take a look at some proud options.
If you’re looking for something a little more neutral than the standard green/blue iridescent colors, try these thongs by Mystique ($106):
But if you’re ready to embrace the full-on peacock strut, then here are some diva-licious ways to do it.
Casual girl? Check out Chuck Taylor’s limited edition peacock hi-top ($72)
Rancher gal? Go for these Purdy Peacock cowboy boots… well… if you’ve got a spare $1,795 lying around for em.
I’m still on the hunt for these peacock-patterned Irregular Choice shoes that I saw at the Zappos outlet in Vegas (sadly, too big for me). If anyone has any leads on where I can buy them (style 2915-1A), I’ll be forever in your debt.
If you feel like being patient, these gorgeous and classy Gucci peacock-enhanced slingbacks show up periodically on eBay.
And if peacock shoes are really too much for you to wear, but you like the idea, then hunt down this retired model shoe and put your treasured feathers up on a shelf.