How fascinating….

It’s almost Derby time!!! Woohoo!

derby horse

Time to break out the pretty sundress, large hats, or Fascinators!

But what exactly is a Fascinator? Well my friends….read on and you shall find out!

A fascinator hat is a small ornamental headpiece that fits on the head using an alice-band-type base or headband or even a small comb. It is always lightweight and usually features feathers, beads or flowers. The use of the term fascinator began in the 1990s when such headpieces became popular for wearing at weddings without ruining your lovely hairstyle or giving you a helmet head.

These days it can be worn for any occasion, but mostly formal. The only purpose of a fascinator is hair decoration. The fascinator always sits at an angle on the head as if perching on top of the well-groomed hair and complementing the look of the hair. A cross between a hair accessory and a cocktail hat, a fascinator with veil is also quite common.

The fascinator as we know it today is adopted in the London (Luton-based) millinery trade during the late 1970s and 80s. However, use of the word ‘fascinator’ has been used in previous centuries to describe a lacy head covering similar to a shawl but much smaller and lighter.

Now I don’t make it over to Churchill Downs very much….or ever…but that’s not to say we can’t enjoy a Derby party where ever we may be! If you have a craft store close by and a hot glue gun, then you can easily whip up your very own fascinator and customize it for your outfit! Hobby Lobby, Michael’s or JoAnn Fabrics are the perfect spots to go browsing for clips or headbands, silk flowers, feathers and/or jewels.


These are the most simple things to make…..just fool with placement, and start gluing them all together! I use a couple of the leaves from the flowers to cover my messy glue, let dry and wallah!


You can see how I just curl the leaves around the headband and back onto themselves which helps to secure everything together. Hot glue is your best friend….it’s so cheap, easy to pull apart if you change your mind and dries so quickly!

I just love that you find such a variety of big gorgeous flowers in these local stores….the pink one with the big jewel is my favorite!


The other is just so elegant though depending on your style and dress…..this was my first fascinator. Molding the feathers around your face as you can see with these skinny brown ones makes a statement when it’s on….


You have yourself a beautiful headpiece!

Now go get yourself a Mint Julep and have yourself a good time!





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