How to wear a Fascinator

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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 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!

Quick rules for styling a fascinator

Keep it in proportion to your head, body, and hairstyle size. For example, if you have a big head or big hear, do not wear a dainty fascinator. You would look better with a larger style.

Keep your hairstyle simple so it does not distract from your fashion accessory. A simple ponytail, a slicked-back style, or a slightly-curled free-falling style look best.
Keep it stylish and classy. There is no need to sport an ostrich feather off the top of your head! Start small and simple.

How to wear a comb-based fascinator

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.

How to wear a headband-based fascinator

Generally the headband-based fascinators attached securely to the head and are small enough to be discreet. Prepare the hair by pulling it back away from the face before attaching the fascinator.

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 serves as a great conversation starter!

Cocktail Party
Art Opening
Kentucky Derby
Garden or Tea Party

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 the symphony, movie theater, or any occasion with stadium seating.

Here’s another rule of thumb. If you are taller than your escort, you may not want to wear a towering fascinator.
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