The fascinator is one of the most popular fashion hats for women. This accessory is more of a headpiece than a hat because it focuses more on style rather than functionality.
During the Baroque era, it was customary for affluent European women to decorate their head with hats. Some of the first kinds of fascinators, which was decorated with exotic designs like ostrich feathers. Queen Marie Antoinette was one of the first ladies to sport the style.
The term fascinator was coined towards the end of the 20th century. The modern designs were evolved from 1960s cocktail hats, which were usually made to be perched high on coiffed hair.
These days, the original fascinators have also evolved to hatinators. Hatinators are a mix of a hat and fascinator. The term emerged in the 2010s and has become quite popular among hat lovers.