Fascinators: The Official Royal Wedding Hat


What: Fascinators are headpieces made out of feathers, flowers, lace, etc that have been traditional worn in the Uk and other British influenced countries like Australia, as a replacement for a hat to formal occasions like weddings, horse races, etc.  Lately its has become a global trend thanks to Sarah Jessica Parker wearing one to the British premier of the ‘Sex and The City’ Movie.

What I Think: Love, Love, Love them. A great alternative to hats, which can get quite hot during the summer. Be careful not to go overboard or else you’ll end up looking like you have a peacock on your head (although that might not be such a bad look).

Where to Buy Fascinators: In the Uk, Marks and Spencer has a sizable selection of fascinators for around 25 pounds. In the US, head to eBay to score one for less than $20 or make your own.

How to Wear a Fascinator

Keep it in Proportion. Make sure the fascinator is in proportion to the size of your head and features.  If you have a smaller head, don’t wear a fascinator with a 10 foot peacock feather. If you got a big head, don’t wear a dainty Fascinator with a 1 inch miniature top hat.
Keep Your Hair Simple.  Keep your hair styles very simple, so it doesn’t distract from the hairpiece.  A nice chignon, slicked back do, a simple ponytail, etc all work well.
Keep it Styled.  There’s a tendency for those who are new to fascinators to go a bit overboard (aka a 10 foot tall whopping crane with pink bows and a 3 inch replica of Big Ben on your head). Start small and simple- a basic black straw Fascinator will do.

Where to Buy a Fascinator

– Forever21.com- Super Cheap, but sometimes cheesy, Fascinators
Etsy.com– Stylish and amazingly affordable Fascinators
New York Fascinator Company– basic Fascinators for newbies.
ebay– Vintage Fascinators
Asos.com – Contemporary Fascinators from the British version of Bluefly

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  1. christianay says

    I love looking at them and I think it’s awesome when women wear them—they look so regal. I don’t know if I can pull the look off, though.

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