That “ribbon-meets-reindeer” headpiece Princess Beatrice wore to the royal wedding is not the first time she has turned heads with what’s on her head! This one even has its very own Facebook page with over 136,000 fans. Over the years she has a long history of interesting hats in her royal closet. Check out this butterfly inspired concoction.
Philip Treacy, the UK milliner who designed her hat is famous for his amazing designs. In the UK, fancy hats are the norm at most weddings. And those slightly smaller headpieces are called fascinators. They are attached to the head with a comb, clip or headband and are commonly made with a variety of feathers, netting, ribbon and flowers.
In the US, the Kentucky Derby is the site to see and be seen in extravagant hats. This is one of the top 10 spotted at last week’s race.
The US has a way to go to catch up with the UK though. But, watch out! Hats are making a comeback here. Vintage hats found in flea markets and second hand stores are a great place to start your search for the perfect hat.
Or, just for fun, why not try making your own fascinator. There are several tutorials on the web and they really are quite easy to put together with materials found at your local fabric or craft store. Just some ribbon, net and a few feathers and you too may be finding yourself the talk of your next social gathering!
How do you like this fascinator? I think it will look great with the hot pink dress I’m wearing to an upcoming wedding. I’m off to buy my ribbon and flowers now. Will you be joining the new hat craze?