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9 best fascinators for a wedding or a day at the races

Going to the chapel, and I…need a fascinator

Maisie Bovingdon
Maisie BovingdonFreelance Writer
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Fascinators are a staple for many formal occasions, and they are the perfect alternative to a fully-fledged hat. Some fascinators come as a headband and are ideal for those wanting a fuss-free accessory, while others may prefer a fascinator attached to a clip to slide into your hair.

Either match your headpiece to your outfit or select a neutral option to tie in with your bag and shoes. Plus, pared-back colours like cream can be used time and time again.

It is important to consider the size of the fascinator you choose, as some events, such as Royal Ascot, have specific requirements. From M&S to LK Bennett and John Lewis, we have curated the best places to shop for a fascinator online...

Best fascinators to shop online

  • ASOS fascinator

    ASOS Fascinators

    Who knew ASOS sold fascinators? You do now. The online retailer sells everything from fashion and footwear, beauty and skincare, as well as hats and fascinators. So if you're looking for a quick purchase, speedy delivery to make it in time, and an affordable buy, ASOS ticks all of the boxes.

  • Hobbs fascinator

    M&S Fascinators

    Marks & Spencer is always our number one shopping destination to head to for occasionwear, including accessories. The high street retailer stocks numerous brands, including Hobbs, which has a stunning collection of fascinators to see you through every occasion.

  • John Lewis fasinator

    John Lewis Fascinator

    John Lewis also has a vast selection of hats, including fascinators, to suit everyone’s style, comfort, and event. This creation features a small, disc base with curly, twirly loops - ideal for formal occasions.

  • LK Bennett fascinator

    LK Bennett Fascinators

    As an official partner of Royal Ascot, it's no surprise LK Bennett has a gorgeous collection of fascinators. We love this plaited headband piece.

  • Phase Eight fascinator

    Phase Eight Fascinators

    Phase Eight is another high street brand with lots of lovely options. Shopping for a headband and fascinator hybrid? The Bow Headband is for you. This creation is elegant and traditional but stylish.

  • Accessorize fascinator

    Accessorize Fascinators

    Accessorize has nailed hats and headpieces. For those shopping for an elegant but stand out fascinator, this cream oversized piece will fit the bill - and it's on sale.

  • Etsy fascinator

    Etsy Fascinators

    Etsy is the one stop shop for those looking for an affordable accessory to wear to a formal occasion. There are a whole host of creatives on the online retailer, so shoppers can choose from a wide variety of designs, and bespoke fascinators, to match their outfit and budget.

  • Model wearing grey headband with floral detailing

    Tilly Ellen fascinators

    For a more bespoke look (à la Meghan Markle or the Princess of Wales), look to milliner Tilly Ellen for beautiful hats and headbands – without breaking the budget too much.

    Available on Etsy, Tilly's creations are beautifully made and really give that royal-at-the-races look – take it from our Acting Fashion Editor, Fiona, who recently wore one of her Alice bands to visit Buckingham Palace.

    There are plenty of colours available to match all kinds of outfits – we particularly love the Ivory Cream Halo Headband, £98, which pretty much goes with everything.

  • Anthropologie fascinator

    Anthropologie Fascinators

    Anthropologie has a small but stunning selection of fascinators, like this floral headpiece, which comes in purple, white or cream.

  • Amazon fascinator

    Amazon Fascinators

    For those wearing a fascinator for the first time can be daunting, but for those who want to ease their way in with a simple, yet classy, and super affordable fascinator, Amazon is the way to go. This design is super chic with the mesh face covering.

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