Cocktail hats are great. I love wearing hats, but it's hard not to look dressed up with a hat on. Cocktail hats bridge the gap between hat and fascinator, so they look less out of place in a modern world, but still have fabulous retro appeal. My picks range from wearable to wacky:
1 Swallow in flight, Stylesmith; 2 Mini Sailboat hat, Charm School Design; 3 Turquoise felt bow hat, Chi Chi Me; 4 Cup and saucer hat, House of Batt; 5 Gold birdie hat LiD Designs Boutique; 6 & 7 Cupid's Arrow Hats (I couldn't pick a favourite!), Janine Basil; 8 Red feather headband, Lily Lady Blue; 9 Nautical rose fascinator, Emerald Angel.
In fact I'm all inspired to create now! I bought a whole lot of vintage millinery cherries recently, and I've just ordered a few straw cocktail hat bases to play with - watch this space!