Fascinators - The New Hat For Special Occasions

Match your fascinator to your outfit for the most stylish results.
Match your fascinator to your outfit for the most stylish results.

A New Style of Millinery

It seems to be official. Hats are out and fascinators are in. I'm not sure exactly when this happened but it seems to e in the last couple of years. I'm not even sure when the word 'fascinator' was invented as it shows as an error on my spellcheck even now.

I was at a huge horse race meeting just last week and I can confirm that, from my estimates, the ladies in the crowd were wearing 90% fascinators ad 10% hats, and possibly the ratio was even higher. Perhaps one of the things about wearing a fascinator instead of a hat is that you don't get 'hat hair'. The flat and lifeless hair that came from wearing a hat all day meant that you couldn't really take it off if you wanted to but with a fascinator that has all changed. For one thing there are a lot of small fascinators so you don't really need to take it off, but also it lets you actually still style your hair.

For those who don't know, a fascinator is a kind of headdress or hair piece that you can fix in your hair with maybe a comb, a hairband, or some kind of clips. It can be as large or small as you like and often incorporates feathers, netting, flowers and anything else that you may also see adorning a hat.

Fascinator hats are not only great for the races but also for weddings and they are also becoming more popular. Instead of a traditional tiara, brides are choosing the more modern option of a wedding fascinator to wear on their big day.

Great Fascinators!

Ladies wearing fascinators at the races
Ladies wearing fascinators at the races

Make Your Own Fascinator or Buy Online

I suppose that there is also the fact that fascinators can (but are not necessarily) cheaper than hats. You can buy a small fascinator or hairpiece for only a few dollars and still look great.

Or you can make your own fascinator. If you buy a hairband and then perhaps you have some leftover scraps of material, netting, flowers, feathers etc or you have an old hat that you can dismantle and use pieces of, or maybe you have picked up a hat at a garage sale, jumble sale or car boot sale that you can cut pieces off to use. Otherwise there are plenty of art and craft stores that sell flowers and other craft items that you could use to attach to your headband.

Perhaps you have made your own outfit and you have some spare material that you can add to your fascinator so that it matches with the rest of your outfit. There are plenty of options.

You can also buy fascinators online. Just take a look at the selection below - there are all shapes, colours and sizes to choose from so you are bound to find a fascinator to suit your outfit.

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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Beautiful. I only wish hats were more in vogue in the US. They used to be, but it has become almost a dying art. Loved this hub!


Azure11 profile image

Azure11 5 years ago from UK Author

Thanks Genna. What a shame, I love hats too but in the meantime I am happy to go with fascinators although I don't actually get out to enough places where I can wear them too often!


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Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

Interesting hub on fascinators.....it reminds that the Kentucky Derby is coming.....which you will see some interesting head gear there...voted up


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Azure11 5 years ago from UK Author

Oh yes Cogerson, I'll have to make sure I check out the Kentucky Derby, thanks!

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