I’ve been really frazzled over the last few weeks. As a result, my usual creative energy has been a bit muted. So today, I thought I would answer a bunch of Ask Belles that have been piling up in my inbox.
Dear Belle:I have been invited to a friend’s afternoon autumn wedding and she has requested that female guests wear fascinators. This is a first for me, since I am not a member of the British Royal Family. But I want to honor her wishes; it’s her day, and I aim to please. Where can I find them in D.C.? How should I wear my hair (it’s straight and shoulder-length, no bangs)? Any suggestions?Sincerely, FrancineIf possible with a fascinator, I’d like to opt for something classy and elegant, understated, not insane and Princess Bea-ish.
Fascinators strike me as more of a springtime item, so I don’t think you’re likely to find one in a store this time of year. The only exception would be a vintage store or perhaps one of those teeny-bopper stores at the outlet malls like Papaya. I would suggest looking for one online.
Basic black seems to be the most popular color. Charlotte Russe, Nordstrom and Ulta have a selection of black adornments. (I also liked this champagne one from Nordies, but it might look too bridal.) And while not technically a fascinator, I love this large feather clip from Tasha.
But if you want to go all in, and I mean ALL IN, you need to go to Etsy.
After flipping through the sheer awesomeness that is on Etsy, I am kind of wishing that someone I know would temporarily lose their mind and have a fascinator wedding. The maple leaves on the left are perfect if you’re Canadian. The one in the middle is the definition of architectural elegance (my bad, this listing is for the ribbon, not the hat made with it, but I think you and a hot glue gun could make that happen). And the one on the right has understated Victoria Beckham written all over it.
I know it sounds like I’m kidding, but I am not. If you want a fascinator, take yourself over to Etsy, even I would wear this hot pink one.