Mountain Fashionista – Feathers High Altitude Fashion

If Meredith Lepore , contributor to the Grindstone, and I ever meet in person, we may have to put on bedazzled pink boxing gloves and duke it out over work-appropriate attire and accessories.

This morning I was combing through Etsy (Etsy is a social commerce website focused on handmade or vintage items as well as art and craft supplies. These items cover a wide range including art, photography, clothing, jewelry, edibles, bath & beauty products, quilts, knick-knacks, toys and more) and was this close to penning a post on my love of feather accessories (in particular, peacock adorned headbands And then I saw this:


Really, Meredith? First, you pluck the idea out of my head, and then you cast a totally opposite spin on it. I have a couple of feathery accessories, and I love them. They’re great for adding a little pop to jeans and a simple black tee – perfect for happy hour at one of our local establishments.

And as for work? Pile it on, baby! I think accessories have more to do with your outfit and hairstyle than a number…for example, I usually sport dangly earrings when my hair’s up because it just seems to balance everything out. Sometimes I’ll add a chunky bracelet, sometimes not. But definitely a studded belt and a statement necklace.

Miss Meredith clearly grew up in a sedate household with a conservative mother who insisted she never go out with bare legs, and pearl earrings are appropriate for every occasion. Or maybe it’s a city thing…I don’t know. Maybe since Melody Griffith’s character peeled away layers of makeup, hair, and accessories to become successful in Working Girl, urban women everywhere have been scared to wear two pieces of accessories at the same time.

I’ve found that, living at 9,000 feet, accessories are what provide solace in April when you’re about over wearing boots with everything, and you’re tired of your sweaters but can’t stop wearing them yet. You’d look ridiculous hitting 320 South in Breck in a cocktail dress (admit it…how many times have you chuckled at the tourist wearing a short skirt and high heels for High Country happy hour?). But you’ll fit right in rocking a silver statement necklace and peacock earrings with a plain black tee and favorite skinny jeans.

~Christine Mahorney

Christine Mahorney is a altitude suppresed fashionista living in the ice and snow of the high Colorado Rocky Mountains. She and her husband run a fledgling letterpress studio, Lodgepole Press, and her husband is the wood carver / artist who does many of the the fun, custom carvings you see about the towns. They have two children, ages 11 and 18 months. When not at her son’s hockey games, skiing, working, or cleaning the house, Christine is a faithful reader of Elle and Harper’s Bazaar magazines. You can reach her at [email protected]

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