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Kate Middleton Sparks Hat Trend

Hats off to Kate Middleton. The new Duchess of Cambridge has sparked a trend in hat accessories called fascinators, say industry observers and entrepreneurs who specialize in the niche. Fascinators are decorative trappings made of fanciful materials such as feathers, flowers, lace or beads. They're typically attached to hats or worn in one's hair in lieu of a hat, along with formal attire. Some American hat retailers say the accouterments have been selling strong ever since photos of Ms. Middleton wearing them began to surface a few months ago. Customers are mostly brides and fans of the Kentucky Derby, the annual race that's populated by attendees donning frivolous, oversized hats/Sarah E. Needleman, Wall Street Journal. More here. (AP photo/Martin Meissner: Britain's Princess Beatrice, left, and Britain's Princess Eugenie leave after the wedding service in Westminster Abbey at the Royal Wedding in London Friday)

Question: What do you think of the hats worn by women to the royal wedding?



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D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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