I recently was talking with renowned milliner Nerida Winter on the topic of fascinators.
“Ugh” commented Winter with a look of disdain. “When I think of the word fascinator I think about chain store feathers on a hair clip” she laments.
My interpretation of her comments, if you are going to wear something fabulous on your head commit to it. No frilly flirtation on a lil old bobby pin. Be bold.
A fascinator is defined as a hair decoration on a band, clip or comb usually with fancy trimmings. Fascinators do not fully cover the wearer’s head.
If ever at the Royal Enclosure at Ascot, know that the dress code adopted in 2012 requires that all hat alternatives have base diameter size of 4 inches. Bigger is certainly better.
Fascinators have been around since the dawn of time. The women of almost every civilization throughout history have decorated their hair. Native Americans used feathers. Aztecs would braid hair with strips of coloured cloth. Ancient Egyptians adorned their wigs with gold. In ancient Greece and Rome many women sprinkled hair with gold powder, using fresh flowers or jewels to decorate. In Africa, women in some tribes would decorate hair with bone pins and in others they would use leaves.
Measley, clippy fascinators right now are passe but gather inspiration from ballsy historical headwear like those pictured above and fend off the fascinator trend-down.
Or back the broad brim movement like Kate Waterhouse,Kate Middleton, Dame Helen Mirren and Babbs:
Below are some photos of fascinator failures to avoid:
Tip – if you feel like a bridesmaid, dislodge the offending skimmer and start afresh.