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Ruffle up your look with feather accents Add to ...

It seems that birds of a feather do indeed flock together. How else to explain the surplus of plumage that permeated the runways of multiple designers this season? Whether full-out on dresses or featured on collars, feathers are the frippery of choice for winter 2012. Here’s how to take your look to new heights (yes, even at the office).

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1. Remember that, just as with any other dramatic detail, less is more when it comes to feathers: Piling them on can evoke Big Bird or, even worse, messy-haired songstress Ke$ha. To avoid such allusions, stick solely to feathery accessories. Necklaces or fringed scarves are your best bet.

2. A monochromatic outfit will tone down the formality of feathers: Look to Roberto Cavalli’s fall presentation, where feathery neck pieces and scarves were worn with head-to-toe metallics, for guidance. At work, however, stick to an office-friendly palette of black, grey or navy. Save the sparkle for evening.

3. When wearing a show-stopping piece such as the feather necklace pictured here, remember to pair it with structured separates. A tailored dress and jacket will up the professionalism, keeping that accent both unexpectedly fun and work-appropriate.

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