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What Are Fascinators And Why Is Everyone Wearing Them At The Royal Wedding?

This weekend, expect to see your Instagram feeds updated with the latest on Royal news—Meghan Markle’s wedding gown, the royal couple’s first kiss, and the ultimate British fashion statement piece.

 

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We’re talking about fascinators, decorative European headpieces whose origins reach back to the 1600s. Supposedly, their name comes from the fact that they are typically fastened to headbands, combs, and clips. Fascinators are generally worn to church services and special occasions—and everyone knows that British weddings are never complete without these society wardrobe staples! 

 

 

 

Mother and son ?? #PrincessMadeleine #PrinceNicolas #motherandson

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But why are royals so keen in wearing them in the first place? It’s simple—it’s a matter of protocol! According to old traditions, upper class women and members of the royal family must wear hats to all official events—their hair must not be shown to the public. While things are certainly more progressive nowadays, the royal family still follows certain traditions—especially those concerning sartorial choices (remember how Queen Elizabeth despises wedged heels?)

So this weekend, expect to see headpieces in all sizes and colors! Whether they be large brim hats, cocktail hats, or chic fascinators, women at the Royal Wedding are sure to have fun creating fashion moments as they take part in history.

Looking for fashion inspiration? Check out how this statement piece looks on these style icons and personalities!

 

Anne Curtis-Heussaff dons a fascinator on the cover of Metro Weddings 2017

 

First time to share a little bit of something I've kept to myself for so long.... Thank you Metro for taking care of me and my story... . . ??????. . We bring you our final issue for the year and end it with a bang as we turn the spotlight on one of this years most-awaited brides to be #AnneCurtis ??. For our Luxe Issue Anne shines brighter than ever in breathtaking bridal gowns as she let's us in on wedding plans and her greatest role yet. ???? There are 2 special covers so make sure to grab a copy of each once they hit newsstands. ?? #MetroWeddingsLovesAnne Photography: @markednicdao Make up: @robbiepinera using @blkcosmeticsph Hair: @santiagoraymond Styling: @thepatrickperez assisted by @stevencoralde & Aia Tabuzo of @stylizedstudio @metroweddingsmagazine

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Filipino fashion designer and milliner Mich Dulce

 

photographer @Kikonu_ took this photo of me on film at 20:20 a few weeks ago. ??

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Best-selling author JK Rowling

 

 

Lead photos from @princessmadeleineofsweden, @kensingtonroyal, and @markednicdao