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!
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?!