Have you seen women attending horse racing events and social functions turn up in a ‘˜fascinating’ piece of hair accessory? Well, that’s a fascinator, which is loved by Page 3 elites and runway models.
Have you seen women attending horse racing events and social functions turn up in a ‘fascinating’ piece of hair accessory? Well, that’s a fascinator, which is loved by Page 3 elites and runway models. But that doesn’t mean that you and I can’t rock this trend. Here are ways to wear a fascinator like a true diva! Read on:
On your side:
One of the primary rules of rocking this English-inspired accessory is to wear it either to your sides or the back of your head. Ideally, it should be worn on the side of your head, slightly angled with the droop towards the front of your head, slightly above your brows. If there’s a veil attached, it should fall right below your eyes, across your face. If it’s attached to a comb or hairband, the fascinator can be worn on the back of your head on pulled-back hair or pony/bun. Never wear it right on top of your head as you could look rather foolish than chic.
Bigger the hair, bigger the fascinator:
Yes, work in proportions. The bigger your head, ear or hair, the bigger your fascinator and vice versa. If you’re going for a sleek hairdo, opt for elegant fascinators. While, bold ones will look great on complicated hairdos. Do remember that if your hairdo is too complicated, you have to wear the fascinator at an angle in order to show your hairdo off. If you’re opting for beads and motifs on your hair, wear a plain fascinator. Decide on which element of your hair you want the focus on. The fascinator or the hairdo.
No elastic band, please!
This is a faux pax that most beginners make. They tend to wear the fascinator with the elastic band, much like a birthday cap. Don’t do that! If your headgear comes with a strap, work it around the back of your head and tuck it above the nape of your neck. Secure the straps with pins and clips and hairspray, if needed. Make sure it doesn’t come undone and fall loosely on your clothes…that would be another disaster!
Match it or contrast it:
Remember to either match of contrast your fascinator to your outfit. It absolutely cannot be of a shade or colour that doesn’t belong to the outfit’s colour family. Going contrast is acceptable too and looks rather classy. If your outfit is quite formal, bring in the fun element via your headgear. And if your outfit is quite funky, keep the fascinator simple and traditional.
Go with the season:
It’s a great way to look fashionable when you opt for seasonal fabrics. If it’s the summers, go for straw fascinators or cotton-based ones in sunshine shades. And if it’s the winters, woollen and acrylic ones in bright colours will do the trick for sure. Women love the open-top look too, where the top of the fascinator is left open. It’s more suited for casual brunches and laid-back lunches on the beach.
If you’re a beginner, opt for a traditional fascinator and try it on your hairdo before wearing it to a function. Sometimes, the simple and elegant ones look more beautiful than the funky ones.