Do you hear wedding bells or tea cups clinking? Do you attend horse racing? Do you attend religious services or ladie's luncheons? If you answered yes to any of these questions you are in need of the newest trend out there which is the wearing of fascinators!
A fascinator is a type of hat with a small base covered with flowers, ribbons, beads or feathers attached to a headband or a clip. It is worn on the side of a woman's head.
How the Fascinator Began
The fascinator began in the 16th century in Europe when women were required to cover their heads. In the 17th and 18th century, fascinators and hats were all the rage in European courts and among the royals. Marie Antoinette wore fascinators with intricate designs of lace, pearls, stones and feathers. 19th century Europe had wars and plagues causing a decline in headwear. As the 20th century began, woman again wore these decorative hats to show their status, wealth and position. These hat wearers formed a rebellion to the button up conservative British ideal.
And now, in the 21st century, why should anyone wear fascinators to all kinds of occasions. The answers are simple. Usually, the fascinators are one of a kind, which not only makes each hat unique but displays the creative and artistic side of your personality. The hat is worn on the side of your head which avoids hat hair and keeps your hair do intact if you remove the hat. And best of all, it is a conversation piece, an ice breaker and a frivolous way to say "look at me" I am here having fun at whatever event you are attending.