They're over-the-top, frequently gaudy and obnoxious, but I'm all ABOUT that!
There are some truly hideous fascinators out there, but that's fine with me....I like 'em all. If someone has a huge, feathery thing on their head with pokey bits jutting out, there's a 99.9% chance I'm going to like them.
(from BD Designs)
(from PhoenixBess on Flickr)
Isn't that nice, delicate millinery netting? Where can I get my hands on some of that stuff?
They look lovely with an up-do, but they're great with long hair parted in a low side part, too. Also, for the short-haired folks, the variety made on a slim headband slide on easily.
Or, if your hair looks like all-out-crap, twist it into an elegant chignon and pop in a fascinator comb.
I recently attended a wedding, and darn it all if I didn't forget about fascinators. I think a wedding is a great place to wear one of these. Most people rarely have an event where hattage or fascinators would be appropriate. Weddings, dressy cocktail parties, gallery openings, the opera/theater/ballet (but small ones only, please---don't block the person sitting behind you), or a fundraiser would all be good venues, I think. Why oh WHY can't there be more opportunities for dress-up in our lives?
I kind of make it my goal in life to find a reason to wear silly things on my head. And put them on my daughter's head. And my pets' heads.