We just can't get enough of fascinators. They're just so... fascinating. And though these festive toppers haven't quite caught on stateside, they're pretty much de rigeur for every upscale event across the pond. The Royal Ascot just wrapped up in the UK (congrats, by the way, to "super mare" Black Caviar!), and it looks like those Dress Code Assistants did their jobs--the amazing headwear definitely rivaled the horseplay in terms of visual interest. Kate Middleton may have skipped out, but other royals came out in droves, including Queen Liz and the lucky owner of the most fabulous ovarian fascinator ever, Princess Beatrice.
With so many creative fascinators in one place, it was hard to narrow it down to a few favorites--but we did manage to put together our list of superlatives from the festivities. From bird cages to umbrellas to full plates of breakfast food (all worn as hats, mind you!), check out our review of the Royal Ascot!
These caps are more pop-art than fancy dress, but they definitely don't run the risk of running into another woman wearing the same fascinator.
You know what they say about birds of a feather - they stand out from the crowd together!
These ladies must have been pretty hungry when planning their hats: a delicious frosted cookie or full English breakfast probably comes in handy when cheering on your prizewinner!
Those "Best Friends" necklaces you shared with your bestie as a child have nothing on these toppers. We love a good theme, but we can't decide between a tea break or a champers toast!
The Union Jack is elevated to new levels (literally!) with these fascinators.
Taking Britannia pride to the next level, these ladies aren't going to let you forget that the Olympics will be in their backyard in just a matter of weeks.
Most women would settle for a bloom or two perched gracefully on their caps, but not these brave ladies. Wallflowers they are not.
These ladies aren't afraid to be too matchy-matchy, or too loudly dressed for that matter. And we know we should be focused on the hats, but we can't stop staring at the yellow nails on the right.
These ladies were not fooling around when they commissioned these toppers. Although, umbrellas: you're doing it wrong.
Models Lara Stone (wearing what looks suspiciously like pasta) and Kelly Brook showed up to cheer on their filly friends.
It is the Royal Ascot, after all. We were impressed by Princesses Anne and Beatrice, but Elizabeth II isn't called "Queen" for nothing.