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How to choose the perfect fascinator for you

I have had many customers that feel a bit shy and uncertain about wearing a fascinator. Especially if it is the first time wearing a headpiece. Fascinators are like spices – if added in the right proportions and at the right time they can make your meal perfect.

Here are some guidelines that I have tested working with my bespoke service clients, that will make the process of choosing a fascinator easier also for you.


Before choosing a fascinator it is always advisable to put on the outfit that you will wear – clothing, shoes, jewelry. Look at the colors, shapes, patterns, textures. When working with my clients I recommend using some of the attributes also for the fascinator – color and shape or color and texture.

Accessories like shoes, clutch and jewelry play a vital role when creating a balanced and consistent appearance. If you are wearing silver/ gold/ copper tone jewelry match this also with the metallic accents in your fascinator.

If there are bold patterns and textures in your clothing, you would like to keep the fascinator simple – smooth, elegant shapes, one or two colors. Less is more! Try to keep this is mind when choosing your fascinator πŸ˜‰

If your outfit is simple you can go for a bold statement fascinator in bright colors, unusual shapes, extraordinary trimming.

Long, evening gowns also require larger fascinators, small pillbox hat fascinators will not look good together with this type of outfit. Unless the small fascinator base is decorated with large, statement feathers or other trimming πŸ˜‰

It is always nice to match the materials of the fascinator to the season – felt, wool fabrics for the colder seasons and lighter materials like sinamay, parisisal, silk etc. for summer.

Fascinators can also help to reflect the fashion era and style of the outfit – Art Deco, flapper style, 50s, minimalist, Hollywood Glamour etc.


Many customers try to match the color of the clothing to the color of the fascinator. In some situations this is advisable but I always encourage my customers to try other colors that would compliment the clothing. In many cases it is the color of the shoes or the clutch that helps to make the final decision about the color of the fascinator.

Keep in mind that bright colors in your clothing should be matched also with a fascinator in bright colors. Pastel colored fascinators will compliment outfit in softer, neutral shades. Try to match the shade of white in your clothing and in the fascinator. If your clothing/ accessories are in bright white try to avoid cream or ivory colors in your fascinator as these shades will look dirty in comparison to the bright white.

When purchasing fascinators in the Internet pay extra attention to choosing the right shade of color. Every PC has a different color scheme. There may be some differences how one shade of red or blue or brown is named in different countries. If in doubt contact the seller and ask for more pictures or more detailed description of the color. When working with my online clients, I usually e-mail color charts indicating the shade that is closest to the color used in the fascinator.

Right side, left side, any side?

Sometimes it is worth contacting the shop to ask if the fascinator was made to be worn on the right, left or any side of the head. I usually include this information in the item description, but some shop owners forget it. There are fascinators that can be worn on any side of the head but mostly there are fascinators that were made to be worn either on the right or left side. If your fascinator is made to order please inform the milliner about your preferences.

It is also wise to know that bridal fascinators are usually made to be worn on the left side as the bride walks along the aisle on the left to the groom πŸ˜‰

Hat elastic, comb, headband….

Your fascinator should not only look beautiful and compliment your style but it should also be easy to fix and wear. Here are some of my recommendations for the commonly used means for fixing a fascinator:

Headband (1.) – there are women who just can not wear headbands, they always feel uncomfortable, is never the right size etc. If you are one of them, it is best you avoid headbands also for that special occasion or you will end up with a headache and bad memories of the day. For the rest who usually have no problems wearing a headband there are several options. Milliners (professionals who make fascinators) mainly offer three options – headband in the color of the fascinator, metallic gold/ silver headband or headband close to your hair color (black, brunette, blonde). Headbands that are close to your haircolor will be easier to hide. Some milliners offer such options free of charge, just contact them before making the purchase. Many of my fascinators that are mounted on a headband are fixed with elastic cord so you can slide the fascinator along the headband to find the best placement on your head.

Hat elastic (3.) – this is one of the most commonly used methods to fix a pillbox style fascinator. Just put the elastic around the back side of your head and hide it in your hair. In some cases there is also a small comb (2.) fixed to the fascinator that will help to keep it in place. Other milliners prefer to make small loops at the back of the fascinator so that you can also fix it with bobby pins (9.). Similarly like headbands also hat elastics come in the color of the fascinator or haircolor. Hat elastics are my favorites because you can hide the thin elastic in your hair easily.

Comb (4.) – I love using hair combs for my handmade fascinators. This way you can place the fascinator in any place and angle on your head. And the best thing about combs is that they are completely invisible. Be ready to get questioning looks – β€œhow did she fix it to her head?!” – during your party πŸ˜‰

Hair clip – milliners use different sizes of hairclips (5., 6., 7., 8.) depending on the size and weight of the fascinator. There are small metal crocodile clips for the small, cute fascinators. Then there are larger alligator clips for bigger headpieces. Hair clips are so easy to use, but sometimes you have to take extra precautions so that they do not slide out.

I will tell more about my secrets how to securely fix fascinators in one of my next posts πŸ˜‰


These are the basic principles for choosing a fascinator. Have fun choosing and wearing a fascinator on your special day! πŸ™‚


About Rita

I have tried different crafts and found my love of life - MILLINERY. This is my source of passion, love and joy. My hats and fascinators are inspired by feminine beauty, classy elegance and glamour of the Art Deco era.

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