MIU Faculty Member Talks Royally Fascinating Fashion

By: Marcia Gomez

May 18, 2018

  Miami International University of Art & Design Accessory Design faculty and "fascinator" resident expert, Tammy Apostol of TA Couture, talked about the "Do's and Don’ts of Fascinators" with several local and national TV stations. The list includes Univision’s, El Gordo y La Flaca, NBC6, 6 in the Mix, Telemundo’s Channel 51 and Fox Affiliate, WSVN7’s Deco Drive just in time for the Royal Wedding.

Tammy Apostol

Fascinators, the small sized small head pieces, are a must for a Royal Wedding. They are not referred to as a hat because it can be attached to headbands, combs or clips. The small accessory is generally worn on the right side of the head, but there is flexibility if that is not your "good side." The fascinator should match the dress and the size should be reflective of the person wearing it – if a woman is on the petite side, then the hat should not overpower. It is meant as an accessory, not to make a bold statement. Below is additional fashion etiquette to keep in mind.

Do's and Don'ts of Dressing for a Royal Wedding

  • Don't try to outshine the bride.
  • Do wear a hat or fascinator, especially for women. Guidelines for the hats include keeping them on inside the church, they must fit properly and not require fiddling during the ceremony, fascinators, small headpieces are always appropriate. In fact, saucer-sized hats (like the Kentucky Derby) or hats with large brims are not acceptable as they have the potential to block the view of the people sitting behind you and are considered rude.
  • Hemlines should not be shorter than the longest finger when arms are held at the side, not longer than mid-calf.
  • No bare shoulders (or cleavage).
  • Do wear a small handbag or clutches only.
  • Do wear hosiery; it is a must as bare legs are frowned upon.
  • Wear formal shoes (no open toes, no wedges, no slingbacks); heels should be no higher than 4 inches.
  • Don't wear white, as it is reserved for the bride, although white accents and colors are fine.
  • Don't wear anything with sequins or anything resembling a tiara.

The most important thing to keep in mind is to keep it conservative, classy and understated.

             Student working on Facinator   Models with fasinators   Group of Fasinator NBC6   Group of Fasinators at MIU

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By: Marcia Gomez

May 18, 2018