Few things convey style and sophistication quite like a well-chosen, finely-crafted fascinator. But like any type of clothing, there are some guidelines for choosing the look that is best for you. Remember, you want to wear the fascinator, you don’t want the fascinator to wear you.
To avoid making a fashion faux pas, and to ensure you make the right kind of statement, keep these 3 tips in mind:
Consider your face and height
The shape of your face and your height are important factors in choosing a fascinator. If you are petite, your body and face can be overwhelmed by large hats or fascinators so look for something smaller to keep your features visible. If you’re tall, you can balance your height by choosing a wide brimmed or dramatic fascinator.
Women with oval or heart-shaped faces have the benefit of looking good in most fascinators. For oval faces, experiment to see what you like best. The only thing to consider with heart-shaped faces is the size. Small fascinators can make the forehead appear larger than it is.
For round faces, look for something that will elongate your face. Consider long lines and long feathers or asymmetrical brims that slant away from your forehead.
Square and oblong faces often mean wide or straight jawlines and you’ll want to create a softer look. Oblong faces do well with bell shapes. Just avoid small, boxy looks as they can make your features appear longer. Soften a square face with round, flowing or asymmetrical lines. Flower and feather details are also great choices for a square face.
Choose colour wisely
When deciding on a colour, consider both your skin tone and your outfit. You already know what colours look good on you so think about wearing one of them. If you are wearing a black dress, for example, consider wearing a bright, contrasting colour to make a dramatic statement.
Wearing a fascinator in a tone similar to the rest of outfit can create a smart look but consider this option carefully. If you are wearing a soft shade like pink or lilac, a matching fascinator can complete the look. But if you are wearing something bold, choose a matching hat very carefully, you do want to go overboard.
Try it out first
When shopping for a fascinator, be sure to take it for a proper test. There is no point in trying it on while wearing a t-shirt and jeans, you’ll never get a sense of what it will look like. Try on the fascinator with the outfit and shoes you plan to wear with it. Planning an outfit, and not seeing if it actually works before the day you plan to wear it, can end in disaster. When you try it on in advance, you have lots of time to make any necessary adjustments.