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The Ultimate Fascinator guide

by Stefano Lopane 16 Feb 2023
The Ultimate Fascinator guide

What is a fascinator?
A fascinator is a type of headwear that is typically a decorative accessory for women, usually worn at formal events such as weddings or horse racing events. Fascinators are typically made from materials like feathers, flowers, and ribbon, and are attached to the head with a comb, headband, or clip. They are often seen as an alternative to a hat, as they are smaller
and less structured.

How do you wear a fascinator?
A fascinator is typically worn on the right side of the head, just above the temple. It can be attached to the hair using a comb, headband, or clip, depending on the design of the fascinator. When attaching a fascinator, it is important to consider the hairstyle and make sure the attachment method will securely hold the fascinator in place. It is also a good idea to try the fascinator on before the event to ensure a comfortable and secure fit.

What occasions are fascinators appropriate for?
Fascinators are typically worn at formal events, such as weddings, christenings, garden parties, black-tie, royal and horse racing events (such as the Kentucky Derby or Ascot), or other special occasions that require more formal dress.
They can add a touch of elegance and sophistication to an outfit and are often worn with dresses or suits. However, the appropriateness of wearing a fascinator can vary depending on the specific event and cultural norms, so it is always a good idea to consider the dress code and cultural expectations before choosing to wear a fascinator.

How do you attach a fascinator to your hair?
Fascinators can be attached to the hair in different ways, depending on the design and style of the fascinator. Here are a few common methods:

Hair Clip: A clip fascinator is attached to the hair using a hair clip, which can be easily clipped into the hair at the desired location.

Headband: A hairband fascinator is attached to a headband, which can be worn like a regular headband.

Hat Pin: Some fascinators can be attached to the hair using a hat pin, which is a long, decorative pin that is pushed through the hair and into the fascinator to secure it in place.

Comb: Some fascinators have a comb built into the base, which can be used to secure the fascinator into the hair by inserting the comb into the hair.

Choosing the right attachment method depends on the design of the fascinator, the thickness and style of your hair, and the occasion for which you'll be wearing it.

What materials are fascinators made of?
Fascinators are made from a variety of materials including feathers, tulle, netting, sinamay, lace, satin, silk, and more. The base of the fascinator is often made of a sturdy material such as sinamay or satin, while the embellishments can include feathers, flowers, beads, and other decorative elements. Some fascinators are also trimmed with ribbon or lace. The choice of material depends on the style and occasion for which the fascinator will be worn, with
lighter materials like tulle and feathers being popular for spring and summer events, and richer materials like silk or satin being used for more formal or Autumn/Winter events.

How should I care for my fascinator?
To keep your fascinator looking its best, follow these simple care instructions:

1. Store it properly: Keep your fascinator in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and moisture.

2. Handle with care: When putting on or taking off your fascinator, handle it gently to avoid damaging the delicate embellishments.

3. Clean gently: If your fascinator gets dirty, spot clean it with a damp cloth and allow it to air dry. Avoid using chemicals or excessive moisture.

4. Protect it during transportation: If you need to transport your fascinator, place it in a protective hat box or wrap it in tissue paper to prevent crushing or damage.

By taking proper care of your fascinator, you can ensure it lasts for many events to come.

What colour fascinator should I choose?

The colour of your fascinator depends on personal taste and the occasion for which you'll be wearing it. Consider matching the colour to your outfit or the event's colour scheme. Take into account the time of year and your skin tone as well. For spring and summer, lighter colours like pastel pink or yellow may work well, while deeper hues like navy blue or burgundy may
be appropriate for fall and winter events. Choose a colour that complements your skin tone, and one that you feel confident and comfortable wearing. Ultimately, the fascinator should enhance your overall look, so choose a colour that you love and that makes you feel good.

What are the different types of fascinators?
Fascinators come in a variety of styles including pillbox, feather, disc, hairband, cocktail hat, and clip fascinators. Pillbox fascinators are classic and round-shaped, while feather fascinators are made of feathers and often embellished with beads or flowers. Disc fascinators are flat and disc-shaped, while hairband fascinators are attached to a headband. Cocktail hats are larger fascinators in the shape of a hat, while clip fascinators are attached to the hair with a clip. Choose a style that complements your outfit and the occasion, and one that you feel comfortable and confident wearing.

How to match a fascinator to an outfit?
Matching a fascinator to an outfit involves considering the dominant colour, formality of the occasion, style of your dress, personal style and face shape. Choose a fascinator that complements the dominant colour in your outfit, and consider the formality of the event when selecting a fascinator. Make sure the style of the fascinator complements your dress, reflects your personal style and flatters the shape of your face. It is about finding a fascinator that makes you feel confident and comfortable. To summarize, choose a fascinator that
matches the occasion, complements the outfit, and reflects your personal style.

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