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5 Braids You Can Wear to All of Your Holiday Parties

While the usual low-slung pony is great for day-to-day, holiday party season provides the ideal opportunity to experiment with a different style. That’s why we’ve teamed up with one of our favorite sites, Beauty High. Each week, they’ll be sending over a few runway shots to inspire you to try something new for your upcoming festive fetes.

Left: Elie Saab; right: Emilio Pucci. (Photos: Imaxtree)

With holiday season in full swing, having a few go-to hairstyles in your arsenal is pretty essential. Most of us have our favorite bold lipsticks that we keep in our purses to swipe on when we realize we have to run from work (or school) to three different holiday parties, but our hair can be a completely different issue. Luckily, the trends on the fall/winter runways had plenty of different styles to inspire us, from bouffants to braids.

Most of us have been braiding our hair since we were in elementary school, so we immediately took to this trend—and it’s one that has become a runway staple ever since Guido Palau sent girls down Alex Wang’s runway in spring of 2010 with disheveled side braids. This season, we saw the braid take on a few more forms, from the milkmaid to cornrows, and they all work equally well for your holiday activities. Click through to find some inspiration for your packed holiday calendar, and for how to adapt these looks to your off-the-runway life.

Elie Saab. (Photo: Imaxtree)

For Elie Saab’s haute couture show this past fall, the French braid was taken up a notch by creating two small French braids on either side of the head and twisting them into a chignon. So sophisticated!

Fendi. (Photo: Imaxtree)

The twisted braids at Fendi’s show were a fun new take on the braid trend. To make this work for you, don’t create twists throughout your entire head, but rather choose either one or two strands to twist and secure, or mimic the hair headband look by pulling a strand from the bottom of your hair, twisting and pinning to the other side of your head.

Ferragamo. (Photo: Imaxtree)

At Ferragamo, the stylists took a simple braid and gave it new life. After tying hair into a ponytail and braiding it, they looped it around the back of the head and pinned.

Aquilano Rimondi. (Photo: Imaxtree)

At Aquilano Rimondi, stylists gave the models a sleek middle part and pulled the hair back into two braids at the nape of the neck, and then wound them into low buns. For a look that is more “everyday,” don’t pull your hair as taut and let the braids remain textured and disheveled in the buns.

Ohne Titel. (Photo: Imaxtree)

The braids at Ohne Titel were simple and sleek, which is what made them a standout. For the runway, show stylists added an intricately styled oval bang, but for your holiday events stick with the classic braid style and try a shine spray to make your hair really shimmer.


Be sure to check out the Beauty High and Birchbox Pinterest board for even more holiday hair inspiration

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