There's something about a headpiece that really makes a girl feel unique. Be it a hat, a decorative headband (Jane Taylor makes a fantastic one full of feathers and Swarovski crystals) or a delicate fascinator, head accessories are to women what pocket squares are to men: they just round out a look so delightfully.
Americans are really only used to seeing fantastic headwear at the races, most notably the Kentucky Derby. If you take a gander across the pond, you'll notice that our sisters jazzy up their heads not only at a race, but at weddings and polo matches as well.
I am well-versed in all things royal, and it's my business to know not only what official duties Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge, carries out but also what she's wearing. From the head down to the toes, from a Philip Treacy hat to LK Bennett heels, I do my homework.
This is where my fascination with the fascinators was born. If you look very closely, you'll see how much work goes into making these accessories true works of art. Feathers, tiny little beads, flower buds that, at first glance, look like part of the hat itself.
Then there's the way it sits atop the head (make sure those tresses are Kate Middleton-worthy). Most designers attach the fascinator to a hair clip or barrette so that one can easy place it at the perfect angle.
So, if you're looking to have more of a panoramic view at the races, might I suggest going for something daintier? You can always break out that gorgeous, wide-brimmed hat for another occasion!