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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Style Musings: Finding a Fascinator

One of my fashion dreams came true last month as I found a simple and classy fascinator that went well with my black lace dress. 
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 woolor lace, but mostly feathers. In the modern usage, it refers to a woman's alternative to hat for formal attire; it is usually a large hair decoration on a band or clip with elaborate trimmings and decoration like a formal hat and it can incorporate a base to make it a miniature hat. (source)
I found this fascinator at French Connection during the end of year sales. I tried it on due to curiosity and when the Husband saw me, he complimented, "That looks good on you." I checked the price and it had a very huge discount so I took that as a sign and bought it.

Other reasons why I love my fascinator:
  • Other than being simple and classy, it's very dainty. 
  • It wasn't loud and too conspicuous. 
  • It's something my petite frame can easily get away.
  • It's a headband fascinator so it's very easy to wear.

A few tips:
  • If you're buying a headband fascinator, make sure that it fits your head perfectly.
  • If you want a fascinator that you can wear to more than one occasion, choose neutral colours such as black, white, beige, etc.
  • In Australia, the best time to buy a fascinator is usually after Melbourne Cup season (or any horse race event), end of year sales or Boxing Day.