My husband and I weren’t able to take a honeymoon immediately following our wedding and had targeted a big trip somewhere exotic as a make-up. As I was dreaming about Argentina or Australia, my husband agreed to be the best man in a wedding in cold, dreary England at the exact time we were planning our get away. Needless to say, I was less than thrilled to trade sun and fun for grey and gloomy. But quickly a silver lining to the big British rain cloud began to show: the ceremony’s taking place in a church and that means something worth skipping out on South American beaches for—I get to wear a fascinator!

Kate Middleton Fascinator
Kate Middleton's willingess to "fascinate" has made the headpieces chic. She wore this custom Vivien Sheriff Millinery fascinator on her first royal appearance shortly after announcing her engagement to Prince William.

For those of you not immediately familiar with fascinators, they are the often feathery and mostly fabulous semi-hats Brits perch on their heads at weddings and special events. Recently, Kate Middleton’s willingness to “fascinate” has brought a renewed chic-ness to them. And, her royal wedding was certainly the greatest fascinator parade the world has seen since, um, the last royal wedding?

I spotted my first fascinator in 2004 at my friend Charlotte’s wedding in a quaint English village. The mother of the bride wore one and it was so unusual to my American eye that I spent considerable amount of time in the high street chain Accessorize trying on fascinators every chance I got before I flew home. My next trip to England, I even bought a cheap-o one from the clearance rack just for fun. Since then, I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to be able to legitimately wear a fascinator and now it’s here!

I can’t believe how giddy I am for my future foray into foreign fashion. The opportunity has inspired me to think about other international items I hope to have an excuse to wear one day. Perhaps a Mantilla at a Spanish festival. Or a Kimono on a Japanese holiday. Or Lederhosen at Oktoberfest! Before I get ahead of myself, however, I have a more pressing issue to deal with…where do I buy a fascinator?!

1 Comment on Foreign Fashion-ation

  1. lifevesting
    October 31, 2011 at 3:04 pm (6 years ago)

    I am jealous! The only chance I’ve had to wear a fascinator was with my Halloween costume. Have a great time!

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