I’ve had a lot of queries about exactly where to place a fascinator on the head – right in front, to the right or left side, over the hair part, how much forehead to cover etc. Today I thought I’d talk about this tricky issue as a follow up to my earlier post on Affixtures (on which fasteners are found on a fascinator).
Generally, one would sit a fascinator to one side of the head and over the part (if you have one) and a little low over the forehead – not to low or it will fall off. This image1 (front view) has its fascinator base sitting over the hair part and just slightly over the forehead, with a full birdcage veil covering the entire face – very saucy. Here is the side view2, so you get the idea of where to place exactly and how it looks from both angles.
As a general rule, if the fascinator has a slide comb then it is designed to be worn on the head, that is slightly left or right of the centre of the head. So if the fascinator has a clip (serrated edge, alligator or ibis) then it is more likely to be found at the absolute side of the head (or at the back) as discussed in next para. I’ll just add a quick note here about the barette clip, it is designed for holding a pony-tail or a large clump of thick hair. So fascinators with a barette clip are designed as a pony-tail attachment and the like.
Of course if you’re going for something like this purple and black fascinator3 it really can only go to the very side of the head, clipped into the hair or at the back of the head as an alternative if you’re wearing your hair up.
Of course there are smaller hairclips that could arguably be called a small fascinator that simply clip only to the side of the head as in this pink one4.
Lastly a headband is designed to sit squarely on the top of the head, whilst it’s focus is situated either to the left or right of the centre as in this gun-metal grey silk number5. The image shows the focus of the fascinator (grey silk rosettes) and looks like it is affixed upon a slide comb. Whereas an invisible headband (thin metal band) disappears into the hair (see image6 of the headband itself). The idea behind the headband is ease of wear. It gives the illusion of a slide-comb (or proper) fascinator -how it looks in the hair with an easy way of placement and wearability.
Thanks for catching up today, you can see more of my fascinator work at KAIJ Etsy.