Fascinators: Hot Hat Trend

We love the fact that Fascinators, the “mini-hats” that are often attached to a head band adored with feathers, beading and other embellishments,  are everywhere this summer. According to its wiki article“The word originally referred to a fine, lacy head covering akin to a shawl made from wool or lace” and was used as an alternative to those big old hats ladies used to wear back in the day.  We give you the scoop on how to rock the fascinator trend on a budget.

Where to Wear A Fascinator
To a Wedding. A very stylish alternative to the wedding hat. Also a great way to pick up men.. for some reason men really like fascinators
To a Cocktail Party. Fascinators are great conversation starters.
To an Art Opening/event. A Great conversation starter
To a Little League Game. If your kid’s Little League team is, well, is a little behind on the hand-eye coordination thing, then you can wear your fascinator to distract the other team.

Here’s how to wear them
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 Find Them
– 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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