The feather duster is quite possibly the most flirtatious part of your French Maid costume and an accessory that must never be forgotten by a good seductress servant. A French Maid must always have her feather duster at all times in the event that she stumbles across a dusty ledge in need of a once over. The individual feathers of a feather duster are designed to clean around valuable knick-knacks and over expensive chandeliers without ever disrupting them. French Maids never break anything because they are a perfect fantasy woman. The French Maid must always have the ability to clean those hard to reach places that the other, not so sexy maids might have missed.
If you are going for a traditional French Maid costume than your feather duster must be made of Black Ostrich feathers. These are the feathers that come from the male bird and they are very soft, stringy feathers which are the most suited for actual dusting by the way they whisk dust particles away. If you want to spend a bit more money and you really want to invest in a premium feather duster then buy yourself one made of Floss Ostrich feathers. These are the soft, delicate feathers from under the bird and feel like a cat's tail.
If you cannot find a Black Ostrich tail feather duster than most stores will sell one made of chick feathers or feathers from other bird species. There are also plenty of synthetic dusters made in a variety of lengths and colors for those that don't wish to use animal products and these are perfectly acceptable to use.
Many costumes shops are now selling decorated and dolled up feather dusters. Knowing that the French Maid costume is the most popular of all costumes chosen, this has become a number one accessory for them to carry. Traditionally, a feather duster should be black however; white feather dusters seem to be gaining popularity as well as some other colors like pink, red and purple. Companies are now producing feather dusters not only in an assortment of colors but also with lacy trims and rhinestone accents.
The feather duster is really the part of the French Maid costume that essentially makes you the "maid". It is an important accessory to the overall appeal of the costume and you should not leave home without it!