What is a Fascinator or Fascinator Hat?

By La Coco Rouge 

Now that Kate Middleton has taken the world by storm with her fabulous styled hats, I am asked less often “what is a fascinator?”

Fascinators and fascinator hats are setting a new trend for fashion on this side of the Atlantic Ocean.  Europeans have always had a special love for these dainty and bold headpieces and it looks as though the US is falling in line.

Mata Hari’s Daughter

There used to be a discernible difference between the term “cocktail hat” and “fascinator” but like all true melting pots the terms are merging to become one.  I rarely hear the term cocktail hat anymore and wonder if the term may be falling into disuse due to its upstart and trendy “new” cousin.

Today a fascinator and fascinator hat is attached to the hair via combs, pins, clips, headband or elastic.  If it requires fastening to stay on the head – chances are good it’s a fascinator.  If it has a brim or sidewalls it’s a hat.

DelightWorthyn 

Most fascinators and fascinator hats, not all, will start with a base of some kind and then other materials are added such as feathers, flowers, pearls, sequins, ribbons, brooches, etc.

It used to be that these were worn for formal occasions but today you can see them sold in stores as daily accessory wear.

These hairpiece accessories can be used to complement a fancy hairstyle or to dress up a simple and casual look.  Note that the more elaborate the headpiece the more attention will be focused on it so style light on the rest of the outfit and use accent pieces sparingly.

MoonshineBaby  

The flapper generation spawned a delicious flurry of headpieces and hair wear.  Their short hair styles and simply cut dress fashions encouraged elaborate hair accessories.

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Posted on January 24, 2012, in Accessories, Accessories hollywoodhair accessories, alternative, cocktail hats, delightworthyn, fascinators, feathers, head piece, La Coco Rouge, wedding accessories and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. great post.I still use the term cocktail hat ,sometimes it is the most appropriate !

  2. I love that first one!! Gorgeous!

  3. I love this explanation. Sometimes it’s hard to describe fascinators to people (in the US) outside of the wedding industry. This post would help!

  4. Love this – thank for explaining it all so clearly!

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