I’m Fascinated

I dunno about you, but I’m fascinated by the fascinator. So much so, I’d even go so far as to say that I actually hate most of them!

The Royal Wedding has sparked renewed interest in dress codes  and while I fully appreciate that there is a time and a place for hats and the many variations of what constitutes a hat or a fascinator, seriously, I think they just make women look like human flower-pots. Gimme a hat any day!

Traginators – aah, I mean fascinators – are just a little too Kath and Kim for my liking. When placing an appendage on one’s head, there needs to be at least a base from which the chosen decorations (too often feathers and flowers) fall. It also pays to give careful consideration to the choice of hairstyle to ensure the fascinator compliments the total look without overpowering the whole outfit. To simply pop a flower-pot on flat, lifeless un-styled hair will always look odd.

Here are some examples of the good, the bad and the ugly, starting with the downright wrong, weird – aka ugly! And no, it won’t be that much publicized pretzel that appeared on the head of the daughter of one rather infamous ex-royal…

Style Counsel’s Accessorizing Tips: Fascinators/Hats

1) If the outifit looks better by blocking out the fascinator (put your finger over it in the above images and you’ll see what I mean) then the fascinator is clearly the focal point instead of a complimentary accessory (as in SJP’s above)

2) If your outfit already has a “lot going on” in terms of print or bold colour combinations (as in the photo above) adding a multicoloured fascinator made of butterflies is obviously going to be superfluous – less is more – take one thing off before you walk out the door!

3) There is a time and a place for fascinators/hats but equally as important is the placement of same. Hats should not be stuck to the side of your head or sitting only on your forehead (see pics below). Avoid placing a fascinator slam-dunk on the side of your head and also avoid visible headbands. Give serious thought to your hairstyle and see if you can blend the fascinator into the style to avoid the “flower-pot-head” look.

4) Remember, accessories are meant to compliment an outfit – to pull a colour through, or to finish off and add interest (be it colour or texture or style). If your accessories become too strong a focal point, rethink them!

SO what do you think? Are you a fan of the fascinator? Or do you prefer a more traditional hat? Remember, there’s no wrong or right answer – it’s all a matter of personal taste and what makes YOU feel confident and beautiful. Just follow some rules of proportion in my tips above and you’ll always feel like a princess – with or without a fascinator!

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5 Responses to I’m Fascinated

  1. Hi Alison,
    I like small fascinators and some hats. Great post by the way. One does not want to look like a caricature of oneself…and some headwear certainly makes this happen.

  2. Hi Alison
    yes a great post.
    I really liked Carol Middleton entire ensemble, and the hat was most elegant.
    Of couse Pippa and the Bride showed us that real class is nothing to do with class…
    style is style.
    I like the outfit of Zara Phillips, Princess Anne’s daughter.
    But, My goodness what was her mother wearing. And Honestly Victoria Beckham looked like an Asian foot bound child of previous generations.
    Don’t these people have friends? Friends who ought to speak up and say
    …have you thought…?

  3. Hi Big Al,
    Love your article! I have to say I love any excuse to wear a fabulous hat OR a fascinator, although I cant help feeling like I have just come in from the racetrack! Thanks for your how-to tips!
    Cheers, tara

  4. Hey Al, Great post, even tho I love the fascinator – when done correctly… so would PLEASE chat with Julia Gillard…OMG her’s was an(other) embarissment at the royal wedding!!! xxm

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