Casual Hair as Formal Hair

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Clémence Poésy
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Karlie Kloss
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Kerry Washington
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Sienna Miller
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Vanessa Paradis
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Lou Doillon
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Sarah Jessica Parker
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Liya Kebede
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Liv Tyler
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Rihanna
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Mary Kate Olsen
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Liya Kebede
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Lily Donaldson
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Karlie Kloss
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Kate Moss
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Joan Smalls
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Barbara Palvin
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Vanessa Paradis
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New York Times Magazine
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Jennifer Lawrence
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Erin Wasson
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Clémence Poésy
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Constance Jablonski
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Audrey Tautou
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Solange
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Chloë Sevigny
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Cara Delevingne
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Liv Tyler
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Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen
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Arizona Muse
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Vanessa Paradis
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Cora Emmanuel
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Kerri Russell
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Fei Fei Sun
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Alexa Chung
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Grace Mahary
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Fei Fei Sun
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Lou Doillon
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Solange
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Li Xiao Xing
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Kate Moss
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Madison Hope Headrick
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Cameron Diaz
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Karmen Pedaru

Remember in the '90s when actresses and models didn't have hair and makeup artists (aside from Madonna) on hand for premieres and events? They would just swipe on some dark lipstick (maybe) and slip into a borrowed dress (see: Liv Tyler at the 1996 premiere of Stealing Beauty), or better yet, something off the rack. And they looked so sexy, self-assured, and cool because they looked like real people, rather than an artist's concept, or something hyperreal—and now we're realizing (remembering?) they were really onto something.

When it comes to wearing the dress (rather than the dress wearing you), your best bet is to just be yourself underneath it, meaning: let your hair do its (semi-) natural thing, and you'll effuse a feminine, casual confidence that will allow you to pull any ensemble off.  Like Emily said, when your clothes are high-wattage due to fringe [17], sequins [1, 13, 19], skin [36, 38], shoulders [16], or Balmain (if you can’t wear it for the holidays, when can you?),  it feels cool to dial back everything else, lest you look like you’re angling for a spot on The Real Housewives of Williamsburg. Break out the jewelry? Of course. Wear a statement lip? 'Tis the season (or, if you’re more of a Kourtney Kardashian), try a statement eye.

Our suggestion? This year, give your hair the gift of self-love and heed the words of Lauren Santo Domingo: put down the curling iron. Resist the urge to tame, tease, or slick. But by all means, Swoosh. If you aren’t equipped to achieve Emily’s peroxide + silky pillowcase = bedhead look, fake it with a little Oribe Maximista Thickening Spray, or Davines Invisible Serum. Still moveable. Still touchable. And (almost) all you.

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  • Natasha Kembrey

    love this, so true! i hate it when outfits look too planned or perfect! x

    http://www.tillylions.blogspot.com

  • Mady

    Casual hair with formal wear is the way to go. Generally less old-fashioned and cheesy.

  • Bolly

    hahaha like it DOESN'T take a zillion products and 3 hours to get that 'Oh, I just roll out of bed looking this awesome' look? 'Natural' is a beauty marketing gimmick, just as much as any other.

  • hclsaltaicd

    Love this trend! Natural beauty is the best. I hate super complex hair styles... Men like open hair better anyways ;)

  • Aubrey Green

    I love casual hair with formal wear and generally always. I actually prefer casual hair for weddings, why look like someone else on your special day?

  • http://www.adventuresofbarbarella.com/ Diana

    I agree, i think the whole thing of having people style you is boring, looks ridiculous and makes everybody look the same. It has no spirit, it becomes a conglomerate of what "perfection " is supposed to be

  • Carina Stewart

    Love the natural look, although my hair does need a little taming.

    Carina
    CARSTINA

  • http://merredee.blogspot.com/ merredee

    This is so true, celebrities have become such constructions. I love the idea of casual hair worn formally! Looks like you're never trying too hard and totally keeps the dress from wearing you. The infamous swoosh, love it.

    merredee.blogspot.com

  • Jessica

    Lots of french girls ! :)

  • Alison

    I would love to see a Clemence Poesy interview because her hair, makeup and skin are always stunning

    • Nina

      Her top shelf would be awesome! She's really stunning. Perfect hair always.

  • Nina

    So true! I've finally made peace with my fine hair simply by caring less. After I stopped blow drying and using billions of volumizing products I am so much more satisfied with my hair as it actually is. I don't know that many girls who do "formal hair" here in Scandinavia actually, maybe it's more an American thing.

  • Victoria

    Lauren Santo Domingo also stated that she doesn't even know how to dry and style her own hair. She gets blowouts every week...

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