BRIANA: Today’s topic is right in the middle of the Venn diagram that is design and fashion: Fascinators. They made splashy appearances at William & Kate’s royal wedding and the Design Happens crew spotted them all over Alt, so you know they’re hot with the design blogging set. They’re certainly attention-grabbing, but that can be a good thing or a bad thing. So, what do you think? Are fascinators fantastic or frightening?
Brian Patrick Flynn, you must have something to say about this.
LEANNE: No. Just no.
But let’s not go crazy. The ones with the mini top hats are just ridiculous. By wearing a fascinator you’re already saying you couldn’t commit to a real hat.
MARIANNE: I…think I’m too old for this. Unless someone wants to invite me to a royal wedding. Otherwise, no.
JESSICA: Cookie Monster…is that you?
SARAH: Even if it is admittedly tacky, here’s what women donning fascinators have in common — they came to party. I support them all. I have one that I wore to a garden party benefit a few weeks after Kate and William’s wedding in 2011. I would wear it again in a heartbeat. My hat’s (and fascinator) off to anyone who has fun with fashion and brings life to the party.
LIZ: As a hat lover, I have a certain respect for a woman who wakes up and says…I’m going to make a giant Easter basket…and wear it ON MY HEAD. It’s the tiny ones I find less than fascinating. I think my American Girl doll wants its hat back:
KAYLA: Agreed. Tiny American Girl doll hats are a no-go. But, I could just look at pictures of Kate Middleton in feathery fascinators all day long.
LEANNE: Now here’s a fascinator I’d wear. If you’re going to wear a tacky hat, wear a gloriously tacky one.
JESSICA: I love all the lace and feather fascinators! And I would also pretty much wear anything Carmen Miranda puts on her body. Princess B. on the other hand…
Whoville is all I see.
LEANNE: Kayla has hit on a key point. Kate Middleton is a gorgeous woman who would look good in a Ted Nugent t-shirt. Princess B, um, needs to stay away from anything that isn’t working overtime to enhance her appearance.
HANNAH SLAUGHTER: Poor Princess B.’s will never be okay. Ever. But, in general, I adore them! The gal that wears a fascinator knows she’s stylish enough to stand apart, which you’ve gotta respect.
We’ve tossed our hats (and opinions) into the ring…now take a vote and tell us what YOU think: