Cocktail Hats and Fascinators and Headbands, Oh My!
Blame it on Blair Waldorf and her ubiquitous headbands, or Carrie Bradshaw’s infamous wedding-day updo — hair accessories are coming back in a big way.
Everything old is new again! Hair accessories like cocktail hats, fascinators and headbands are making a major comeback. We saw them on fashionistas during New York Fashion Week and Emily Blunt wore a fascinator a recent premiere. Outside of weddings, these accoutrements haven’t been in vogue since the 1970s, so we here at BettyConfidential thought we’d wrap our heads around the trends — or wrap these trends around our heads! — and come up with a guide for working these fabulous pieces into your wardrobe.
Shaped like a miniature hat — and usually with loads of embellishment like feathers, beads, and netting — these over-the-top toppers (as seen at Betsey Johnson’s fall show, above) tend to look a bit costume-y, making them frivolous and fun for a dressy night out. Like elbow-length gloves, however, it’s become passé to wear cocktail hats to a formal affair like weddings. The good news is that they can be worn with both down- and updos, so you can style your hair to suit your face. Placement is up to you and depends upon the hair style, and the hat Experiment to see what looks best on you. These pieces can be worn near your hairline, or closer to the back of your head. One rule of thumb to keep in mind: these little accessories pack a big punch and are meant to be worn at an angle as jaunty as they are.
From left: Black Mesh White Feather Bow cocktail hat ($20.98, torrid.com). EEK! by Eugenia Kim cocktail hat ($9.99, urbanoutfitters.com). Plasticland Deco Darling Wool Felt cocktail hat ($48, shopplasticland.com)