Style File Friday, Millinery and Fascinators

In honour of the anniversary of the Royal Wedding tomorrow, today’s Style File Friday post is all about millinery, fascinators, and hats! They are a staple of English fashion and style, and I think it’s something that is really lacking in North America. It really finishes an outfit off, particularly for formal day events. Today I’m going to share two of my favourite pieces of head wear with you!


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For the uninitiated, millinery is the design, production, and selling of women’s hats and head wear. True millinery works takes a good amount of training and work, and is not a talent that many people are blessed with. If you look up fascinators and hats, you will notice that more often than not that you are looking at several hundred pounds/dollars/Euros. They are not particularly cheap, but they are a wonderful investment- if you care for them well, they will last decades and the resell value can be fairly high depending on where you sell it. Buy a hat for Royal Ascot or the Kentucky Derby, you can most likely get most or all of what you paid back for it if you keep it in excellent condition.

Fedora with Bow, Kate Spade

M bought this for me in January of 2016, and I love it! I’ve not worn it much because I’ve been worried that I will get it dirty but I have decided that I will be wearing it throughout the spring and summer this year. It is a felted wool, meaning that it is durable and soft. The grosgrain ribbon and gold spade details help to set it apart from a regular every day hat without making it overly formal. I appreciate the slightly cloche (sloped) brim of the hat, as it removes a little of the “Justin Timberlake circa 2004” normal fedora vibe. At just over $100 USD, this is a good piece to start your hat collection with! I also love the “Hats Off” nod on the inner tag.

hats off

Tilt the End of Time Fascinator, Modcloth

This fascinator was a steal- it was only $29.99 USD! I wore it for a tea that I hosted, and it was a great option. You can find many fascinators and cocktail hats on Etsy, but something as substantial as this will typically run $150+ USD. I had just started a full time job and didn’t have the cash to put out, but this was a gem of a find. I prefer the headband bases. They are easier to put on, require no pins, and need little adjustment. I do end up wearing this “backwards”- this was made to be worn to the left, but traditionally hats and fascinators are worn to the right (because your escort is to your left). I’ll overlook Modcloth’s design flaw given the cheap price point!  I love the sinamay, satin ribbon, and flowers meeting- the differing textures make for an interesting piece that would be perfect an afternoon wedding or a day at the races!

(I do know that Modcloth was purchased by Walmart and that there are very mixed feelings from everyone. I’ve only made two purchases from Modcloth, this being the second in April 2015, so I’m not overly concerned about it.)

If you would like to see some truly interesting hats, check out this piece from Time on Hats from the 2011 Royal Wedding! Tomorrow’s post is a look back at the Royal Wedding so stay tuned…

Do you wear hats? 

Until tomorrow,
The Historian!

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10 thoughts on “Style File Friday, Millinery and Fascinators

  1. Trula Marie April 28, 2017 / 10:52 am

    I absolutely love hats, especially my big old “gardening” hats. I have one with my sorority letters embroidered on it. Of course I also have my tribolis and my ball caps. Hats are one of the cutest and most fun accessories to shop for, next to shoes in my opinion.


    • anhistorianabouttown May 1, 2017 / 7:58 am

      I can’t do baseball caps, they are too casual for me! I have a few sun hats that serve me well (and may be retired soon 😦 ) and more toques/berets/hats for winter than flowers in a garden! Hats always fit 😀

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  2. Cheila April 28, 2017 / 6:50 pm

    I love Modcloth, especially the dresses, but they are too expensive for me. It was bought by Walmart? I had no idea.


    • anhistorianabouttown May 1, 2017 / 7:57 am

      I bought one semi-formal dress from Modcloth- their cocktail dresses were a good price at the time! ($80-100 on Modcloth vs $130-150 here) However, their work wear seems overpriced, especially for the quality.
      They were! I personally don’t care either way but every single social media post was covered in people making snide comments. I understand that they were upset, but just stop shopping there!

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      • Cheila May 1, 2017 / 9:56 am

        I agree. And there were some everyday dresses that I loved but I’m not going to pay 60€ for a dress.


  3. josypheen August 22, 2017 / 11:38 pm

    Argh! This reminds me that I need a hat for a wedding in the beginning of September! I better get on that!!

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    • anhistorianabouttown August 25, 2017 / 11:19 pm

      Oo, It’s gonna be tough to find one in Canada!! I would check Nordstrom or Etsy (I order mine from M&S 😶)!

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      • josypheen August 27, 2017 / 11:54 am

        Hmmm…they are really big in Ireland. I might just hire one when I get there!! 😀


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