What are Fascinators?In today's definition, which varies from the original concept of what a fascinator was, a fascinator is an alternative hair piece to a hat worn as formal attire (not with a onesie!). They are usually a sinamay base, set onto a clip, comb or headband and are decorated/enhanced with feathers, beads, crystals and other elaborate items. They can greatly vary in size, colour and shape! Some designs will have a half face covering of netting giving a more dramatic look. Other pieces are so bold and unique that they appear to be wearable art rather than a hairpiece.
What Else?Of course, your wardrobe cannot JUST be filled with a range of beautiful fascinators, but there are a range of other clothes and accessories that match fascinators perfectly. If you're feeling a little bit sassy, why not add some burlesque costumes to go with your mini fascinators? You can also go for that more relaxed summery look with a matching maxi dress, or one of your stunning evening dresses. If you're buying a fascinator for that masquerade party coming up, don't forget to make sure your masquerade masks suit the fascinator you're going to be wearing as well. Finally, no outfit would be truly complete without making sure you apply appropriate makeup, and maybe even some fake eyelashes. Then you will will be ready to rock any party!
Do People Wear Them In Australia?Yes and we do it in style. Although fascinators might be more commonly known as a 'wedding accessory' in the UK, Australia wears them (loud and proud) to major race events throughout the year. The main events being Melbourne Cup, Darby Day and Ascot Race Day. However, thanks to many new tv shows, fascinators have become more and more commonly seen within Australia at evening events, fashion shows and of course weddings.
HeadbandsHeadband fascinators are great as they are really easy to use for a novice. They are balanced and designed to sit on a specific side of your head, so make sure you try it on both ways (before you do your hair) to know what way yours should be warn. Thanks to having a band, you can usually have more bling and height attached to your piece. If you headband is plain why not add your own personality and touch to it by adding additional gems!
Clips or CombsClip and comb fascinators are usually smaller in size making them the perfect option for up style hair dos. They often sit in nice and close to the head and will not stand out as much as a headband, so a great option if you do not want to make a big statement. They can be a little harder to keep in place if you are attending an event that will last an entire day or requires dancing. Their are lots of little tips and tricks that we at Fascinators Australia like to pass on to make sure your piece stays in place. You will often find that the smaller clip and comb fascinators are more budget friendly.
HatsHat fascinators are the more traditional shape. However, they now vary in many shapes and styles from broad rims to mini top hats to topper styles. All offer a great base to have a big and bold design. Positioning of the hat is the key, generally they should be worn to one side. Make sure your hat is help in place via a pin or hidden clip, never via an elastic band that runs under the hair line or worse, the chin!
Wedding HeadpiecesBrides are becoming more and more intrigued in the vintage feel and elegant styles of fascinators over traditional tiaras and wedding veils. Fascinators Australia does stock a boutique collection of designs in white and ivory. Smaller sized wedding fascinators are best as they will not cover or shadow your face in photos. A small half face covering veil also adds that extra little splash of vintage. Make sure that you talk to the hair dresser you are booking in advance about your desire to wear a wedding fascinator so you can both create a suitable hair design to complement both you and the flower girl dresses you choose. Also, make sure that your piece is nice and secure, weddings usually involve a lot of hugs and jumping/dancing around making it easy for your piece to get knocked. Having your bridesmaids carry emergency pins and a comb in their clutch is a wise move.
What To Do With My Hair?The key is to keep your hair balanced with your fascinator. A full head of hair with lots of volume will shadow a small fascinator clip, rather add a medium to large design. However, if you have all your hair tied/pinned back back than a smaller piece will be perfect. Finding the perfect place to add your piece is the hard part. Always play around before the event, otherwise you will find yourself pulling and pinning your new hair do to the point of destruction.
Where Do I Place or Pin My Fascinator?Depending on the size and style will depend on the best location to pin your fascinator into place. Smaller designs can sit to the front and side at around temple height, with the detailing pointing backwards. You can also attach them to the side of an up do, you will want a mirror to play around with different angles for this option. Medium to larger designs should sit to one side of your head, heading towards the back slightly.
What Colour Fascinator Should I Buy?What ever colour you want, provided it works with your outfit! Colour options are limitless. Black, white, cream and ivory outfits usually mean you have free range with your fascinator purchase but in this case, we would recommend that your jewellery, clutch and shoes tie your fascinator colour into your outfit. If your outfit is a colour than you can go for a black, white, cream or ivory fascinator or try and match your outfits shades. There is enough distance between your outfit and hair that close enough is good enough. Alternatively, you can get creative! We love to colour block, and although we have many single colour designs be sure to explore the idea of combining two smaller pieces together to create a bold and fresh look. Fuchsia and orange is our favourite colour block combination.