Fascinator Etiquette

Do you have a summer wedding coming up? Or any glam occasion, such as race day – you are going to need a fascinator! There seems to be a renewed fascination with fascinators – it seems when you add a scrap of tulle and a few feathers to the top of your head – it manages to elevate your outfit into a completely different realm.

These little bits of gorgeousness have their own rules and etiquette – follow these simple rules to get it right –

  • A fascinator can be worn many different ways, but are generally attached to the side of your head.
  • Do not wear it on the top of your head – you will look like you have sprouted feathers.
  • Co-ordinate it with your outfit – it should either match your bag and shoes, or tone with a colour in your dress.  
  • Keep it in proportion to the size of your head, and hairstyle.
  • Keep your hair simple if you are wearing a fascinator.
  • Consider the colour of your hair – if you have dark hair a black fascinator will get lost.
  • If your hair is really too short for a comb to anchor, consider a fascinator on a headband.

And – if you haven’t worn a fascinator before here are a few tips to make sure it stays on your head for the whole day –

  • Back comb or tease the hair slightly on the side of the head upon which you intend to place your fascinator. This provides a stronger and thicker base on which the fascinator comb can grip.
  • Push the comb slightly in the opposite direction before you slide it into place. This picks up more hairs and weaves them between the comb’s teeth, ensuring a firmer grip.
  • Spray hairspray onto the area around the comb, avoiding spraying the fascinator itself. This will help the comb and hair stick together.
  • If necessary, place a few hairpins to strategically hold the comb in place.
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