By Joy Lydia Mercedes.
The fascinator hat just like its name is fascinating. From the days of yore, the fascinator hat has been a symbol of elegance and sophistication. And the trend has carried on, generation after generation. Except, we did not actually know its name! Okay, apart from is fascinating name, let’s get into the Nitti gritties of this fab accessory,
Why the name fascinator hut and where did it come from?
The noun “fascinator” has long had an association with headgear and in the 19th and early 20th centuries a “fascinator” referred to a lightweight knitted or crocheted headscarf as evidenced in various novels of that time. It seems that the word comes from the latin “fascinatus” meaning “to bewitch, or cast a spell on”
The fashion of decorating the head with a hat can be traced back to Queen Marie Antoinette of France who made the fashion of using ostrich feathers as a head decoration quite popular among the European royal courts. Increased trade with Africa meant ostrich feathers were becoming more readily available to be used in fashion items, although this was still costly and therefore affordable only to the aristocracy and upper class.
How does one wear a fascinator?
A fascinator can be worn in many ways, but generally is affixed to the front or side of the head. It looks best when worn just above the eyebrow. If a veil is attached, the veil may fall just below the eye.
It can also be worn as a tiara or towards the back of the head is the hair is dressed in an updo or has a chignon or curled style.
A fascinator looks best when worn to the side or back of the head. If it is placed on the top of the head it would unfortunately look like the person’s head sprouted feathers or flowers!
Where to wear a fascinator
Wondering where to wear your fascinator? Here are a couple of ideas. It works as a stylish alternative to the usual hat and oozes of royalty.
- Bridal showers
- Birthday parties
- Diner dates
- Cocktail Party
- Social events, Goat races, festivals.
- Church and church ceremonies
- Pre and post wedding shoots.
- Garden or Tea Party
- High end occasions basically
Etiquette of wearing a fascinator
Yes, there are etiquette rules for wearing any type of hats or fascinators. Please remember that others cannot see through your fabulous headwear, so out of kindness for others who may want to watch the goings-on, do not wear a fascinator at a movie theater, or any occasion with stadium seating.