Jess Fascinator by John Lewis & Partners, Real Life Try-on

In Weddings by Joni

Try-on date: March 2019

Click here to watch the video of my try-on of the Jess Fascinator by John Lewis & Partners or go to I’m Mother of the Bride You Tube channel.  

For more details of my size go to Real Women, Real Life Try-ons

RETAILER

John Lewis & Partners

Click here to see the Jess Up Turn Swirl Disc Occasion Hat on their website. Select your delivery country and /or preferred currency at the top far right of the page.

Online and UK stores.  Ships worldwide.

UK £35 (delivery £3.50 or collect from a store near you, free)

Europe E42 (delivery £7.50)

USA $47 (delivery £10.00)

Australia A$66 (delivery £10.00)

Returns within 35 days for refunds.  UK free return postage.  Other regions, customer pays return shipping.

Older lady trying on bright pink wedding hat
Trying on the Jess hat

HOW IT LOOKS AND FITS

John Lewis & Partners Product code: 43017310

Retailer’s description

Frame your face with the elegantly poised Jess disc occasion hat by John Lewis & Partners.

Crafted from classic millinery fibre for a lightweight, robust and sheer quality, the hat presents an upturn side disc placed on a wide silken headband. Finally, the disc is adorned with swirl detailing and stylised feathers.

This hat measures 28 x 25cm

Colours. Navy, Platinum Grey, Bright Pink, Off White.  I tried the pink – a vivid fuchsia.

Fit.  The fascinator is attached to a broad shiny headband which sits securely against your head and positions the hat to one side.  It would be possible to cover the band with hair if your hairdresser were pulling your hair back into a loose low bun for example.  But hair left down couldn’t really cover this wide band.  So you need to be sure you are happy to have the band showing.  Most of the photos on the site do not show the band but the Off White one seems to show it, so I presume it is designed to show.

The fascinator was very lightweight and it felt very secure.  I would have no worries about this hat on a windy day.

Navy wedding hat with upturned brim
The best way to wear white is with a navy hat

Style details. A really stylish hat which needs a little confidence to wear.  It gives several inches of extra height to your silhouette. The brim is turned up to one side giving you a sophisticated look and you can wear it quite far over your eye to enhance this look.  On top, nestled into the upturn of the brim there is a large mesh double bow with a stiffened narrow ribbon bow on top of that.  Plus there are a couple of swirls of ribbon and a couple of feathers quivering at the top. 

So quite a busy hat but very elegant.  The colour is beautiful and rich and will make a great contrast for a pale dress.  For a more co-ordinated look and perhaps a less dramatic one, you might choose the grey or off-white depending on your outfit.

Fabric. 80% Sinamay, 10% Polyester, 10% Feathers.  Do not wash.

Accessories

A sleek little occasion bag with silky pleating on the outside in very pale pink
The Marta clutch by John Lewis & Partner

Here’s a super little clutch bag that is understated enough to allow you to wear this more dramatic hat.

Click here to see the Marta clutch bag on the John Lewis & Partners website

It has a chain strap which you can tuck inside and the outside has classic pleated detail. It fastens with a simple popper. It’s the sort of useful little bag that you will often take out with you for evening as well as formal day dos.

Colours. Navy – to match the navy Jess hat – or Nude to pair with the other Jess colours.

Size. 11.5 x 26 x 4.5 cms

You’ll love the price!

£35.00 and see above for this price in other currencies – it’s the same price as the Jess fascinator.

VERDICT

Jess is almost a hat and a bit more than a fascinator.  Let’s call it a hatinator. It is striking and elegant enough for a Mother of the Bride and can be teamed with a more restrained bag and shoes to give a chic modern look.  I love it! Just make sure you are happy for the hairband to be noticeable beneath the hat.

Platinum grey fascinator by John Lewis with large bows, feathers and upturned brim
Jess in Platinum grey by John Lewis & Partners