To wear a fascinator, Marie shared these tips if you want to secure the piece yourself.
If you’re wearing your hair down: “Position it where you want it to rest and then place the elastic band underneath your hair.”
If your hair is up: “Place it on the side of your head. Take the elastic and wrap it around the ponytail or bun and it will stay in place.”
Marie even recommends them for weddings! “Brides look fantastic in them, and they’re perfect for bridesmaids too! I think it’s great because it’s not the traditional veil, it’s a little high-fashion and definitely more forward.”
Marie’s fascinators or cocktail hats range from $188-$288 and can be found in Henri Bendel’s. “It’s a piece you will have for ages and you can wear them with so many different dresses for years to come — you can even pass them down.”
Marie admits it may take getting used to for some, but it’s a high-fashion accessory that’s worth trying! “You have to stay consistent to your style and proportions. If you want to ease your way into it, start out with a smaller piece,” she said.
Marie admitted that since the Royal Wedding there’s definitely more of an interest — and a spike in sales! “Before the wedding, women really weren’t willing to try a cocktail hat so that’s how I started designing the headbands and barrettes. Before they were looking for a smaller accessory and now they really want the bigger, more extravagant pieces. People were very intrigued by the pieces, but they didn’t have the courage to wear them. Now I’ve seen a spike of sales in cocktail hats.”
So, where should you break out your fancy fascinator? Marie said, “It’s great for a social event or a wedding. Wear one to an evening event with more of a formal atmosphere — it’s an attention piece.”
“I always say to use it as a statement piece — it’s the accessory that draws the outfit together. You can wear one with a little black dress and it will really stand out,” Marie said.
Ever since the Royal Wedding, these special cocktail hats are in high demand — and to think, just a couple of years ago they were nowhere to be found! Read these expert tips if you want to wear a fascinator and check out the gorgeous creations from the designer herself.
Marie Hayden found herself in quite a predicament in a couple of years ago, while searching for the perfect hat to bring across the pond for the Royal Ascot — she couldn’t find a fascinator anywhere in NYC! So, what did she do? She crafted one herself. “I was looking for a fascinator out here and I couldn’t find one, so I made my own,” Marie shared. After receiving so much praise, she decided to bring the look to NYC with her collection, Marie Hayden Accessories, crafting intricate headbands, cocktail hats, and barrettes. With facinators on the rise, Marie took some time to teach us the right way to work the trend! -Katrina Mitzeliotis