hobbsfeatherdress.jpgI always thought feather trims were best left to photographs and red carpet occasions only. Stories of feather-trimmed gowns - even couture ones - moulting like crazy are legendary. Rumour has it Fred Astairs sang "feathers, I hate feathers..." to the tune of 'Cheek to Cheek' while filming Top Hat with Ginger Rogers, because the ostrich feathers on her dress flew off and ruined his suit.

Still, feathers are hot stuff right now, and modern methods do mean we're more likely to be able to wear our avian-inspired frocks without leaving a trail of feathers behind us. The trick is to keep the trim small, like on this dress from Hobbs (£189). I'd team it with sheer seamed stockings and a pair of shocking bright heels.