This post is controversial; indeed some might consider it irreverent and is not recommended for high end fascinators. It is not intended to disrespect the designer; it is merely a suggestion in the spirit of creative commons. The idea behind this post is wearability – to extend the wear of your fascinator. If you have any hesitation, or want your fascinator as a keepsake, please do not attempt…
If you’re the kind of person that will wear a new fascinator to the races each season and never intend to wear it again – unless there’s a wedding later in the year. But you do want to get more wearability, even for the everyday, then read on.
Let’s say you own a fascinator that comprises rosettes, diamante and netting or has a wide organza brim and is set off by a few feathers. This fascinator can be transformed from an ostentatious piece to a more subtle hair clip or brooch by a few suggestions.
Ready: Firstly cut off the feathers completely (making sure you cut right down) and not letting any of the stems left showing. Next cut off the netting, making sure it is cut neatly without leaving any straggly pieces behind. Say your fascinator has a wide organza brim this can be trimmed (very carefully) to shorten it. Image1 shows a fascinator comprising crochet, fabric and feathers. In image2 it has been trimmed of feathers, with only the crochet and fabric left behind for an everyday look hair clip. This is a simplified example designed for you to consider the process. I have found some other examples that would be good candidates for modification.
All these examples could be modified by having their feathers, netting and/or organza trimmed or cut away to leave you with the focal point and a more subtle fascinator/hair clip/brooch.
Finally, if your fascinator already has a crocodile clip (aka alligator clip) then it’s easy to clip your revamped piece on your lapel, décolletage or back in your hair as an everyday hair clip. If not, remove the slide comb (they are attached by wound ribbon and can be cut off easily) and sew a crocodile clip in its place. Or leave the comb where it is and add a crocodile clip or pin back (just above) for an additional fastener. Now you are able to wear your new fascinator to work and definitely to the supermarket.
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