What Are Fascinators?

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Fascinators are women's headpieces worn attached to the hair in place of wearing a hat. Fascinators come in all shapes, sizes and styles, ranging from simplistic to ornate.

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The history of fascinators traces back to the early 1900s, when they were often seen on ladies' heads at the Ascot Races in England. They remained popular through the 1950s, then started to fall out of fashion.


Fascinators typically attach to the head with a pin, clip, comb or headband. These headpieces most often use feathers, lace, ribbon, silk flowers, beads and tulle for decoration. Fascinators range in style from the small and understated to the flamboyant and large.

Famous Connection

Fascinators' height of popularity was in the early 20th century, during the flapper era. More recently they have seen a rise in popularity again, thanks in part to Sarah Jessica Parker adorning a fascinator at the British premier of the "Sex and The City" movie.

Modern Uses

Fascinators appear commonly in modern weddings, 1980s throwback parties and other costume events. Fascinators work well for drawing attention to unique hairstyles, as an accessory for formal wear or to dress up a casual look.

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