Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Don't Be a Fascinhater

I've loved fascinators since long before I'd heard the name Kate Middleton.  There.  I said it.

But you can be sure that once she becomes Princess, fascinators will be everywhere, making it even easier to get ahold of them.  Now, for those of you who may not know what a fascinator is, please allow me to educate you.  Taken from Wikipedia:  "A fascinator is a headpiece, a style of millinery. The word originally referred to a fine, lacy head covering akin to a shawl and made from wool or lace. The term had fallen almost into disuse by the 1970s.  In the early 21st century, the term has made a comeback, but the meaning has slightly changed; it is now used to describe a delicate, slightly-to-very frivolous head decoration worn almost exclusively by women."  In simple terms, a fascinator is a tiny hat, sometimes with feathers, flowers, and/or a small veil.  Many brides are opting to wear them instead of a traditional veil, as they are considered to be a more edgy fashion choice.

In recent months Kate Middleton, as a result of the anticipation of the Royal Wedding, has begun to popularize and mainstream the fashion accessory.

They're such a fun, whimsical accessory, but they're also quite chic, in my opinion.  Wear them with more dressed-up outfits, or make a boring pair of jeans and white t-shirt, a fun weekend look by sporting one of these accoutrements.  They come in all sorts of shapes, looks, and colors and should be worn to the front of your head, near your face, and off to the side, rather than right on the top of your head.  You can even design your own fascinator if you're the crafty kind!  So, don't be a fascinhater, give this trend a try.  You won't be sorry you did!

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