The catwalk always provides the inspiration for fashion, but often they are too way out there to be worn by us real mortals. Here, however, are some trends from the catwalk that you actually CAN wear every day.
The Bob is back
Was it ever away? I doubt if this style is ever going to die. Last year it was mostly seen in chin-length or just brushing the shoulders, but be sure to speak to your stylist about the right length for your lifestyle, hair texture and thickness. Fringes are also still big, and this year they’re apparently becoming shorter, to reveal more of your features.
Braids and plaits
Not regular braids and plaits, but fishtails, side plaits, bun braids, milkmaid braids… The good news is that it’s very versatile, and it’s not an exact science – and you should also have really nice curls the day after. Salons and blow-dry bars in Europe and the US have been successfully adding braids to their menu offering (instead of stiff updo’s), and we hold thumbs that the local salons will follow suit.
Ombre is still big
Call it ombre, dip dye, or flamboyage – the trend seems to be sticking. It’s easy to maintain: with the traditional version, only the ends of your weave or hair are bleached/dyed, and the roots are left to grow out naturally.
Sling it low
Buns and ponytails are heading south (just when we’ve mastered the sock bun). Messy knots, careless buns and sleek ponytails at the nape of the neck seem to be the Next Big Thing, when teamed with printed scarves or metal hair accessories. Semi deconstructed updos are also big – you know, when you spend a lot of time to make it look like you didn’t spend any time on your hair at all. Slightly tousled, slightly messy, perfectly imperfect.
Short and sweet
Anne Hathaway, Michelle Williams, Miley Cyrus, Emma Watson… Need I say more? We’re going to see many a pixie cut this year.
And for those of you who are brave enough: Extreme partings
The safe side parting is out – hair is either parted in the middle, or in an almost old fashioned extreme side parting. With an extreme side parting, why not use texturising products for a slightly grungy look? Save the middle parting for sleek, straightened hair or loose, romantic curls. Changing your parting makes a major difference to your look without any commitment whatsoever, so go ahead and play around.
Wet-look styles were extremely popular on runways in 2012, but it’s definitely only for the braver amongst us. In shorter hair styles, hair is gelled all the way back or into a parting, and then left. Ladies with long hair could also slick hair back or into a parting, and then tie it into a bun for a dramatic look. If you’re daring, leave it to hang loose.
We’ll still see some of the whimsical, romantic pastels in 2013 (especially in colour flashes or on ombre ends), but there’s a turn toward more vibrant, edgy colours. Think deep purple, emerald and vibrant red.