One beauty trend set to continue into next season is the plait. A favourite among many of us since childhood, this classic and simple style has had a recent catwalk update. No longer cute, next season plaits will be sexy, romantic, and even tough. So as we get closer to autumn the question is, how will you wear yours?
Fendi’s Autumn/Winter 2012 show debuted mini braids in a whole new way. Far from the impulse holiday do many of us have regretted, Fendi’s mini braids are strictly high fashion. Keep them neat and wear them day-time with a military jacket or pair with dramatic make up for an off-beat evening look.
The ‘halo braid’ as demonstrated at Emilio Pucci’s A/W show, is a great way to update long hair and very simple – essentially it’s wearing your own plaited hair as an alice band. Take a thick strand from underneath your hair and neatly braid it, pulling it over the crown. Fasten on the other side using a couple of kirby grips and leave hair flowing freely behind.
The double french braid is trickier but works well on long or short styles, divide hair with a centre parting and braid each side tightly from the front of your hair to the nape of your neck, fastening the excess in a bun at the base. If, like me, your mother never taught you how to do a french plait you might want to enlist the help of a friend.
And where a trend starts A-list celebrities are sure to follow. We love Victoria Beckham’s loose side plait – mainly because it’s the only one we can master – but if you’re feeling ambitious, and are lucky enough to look like Beyoncé, her amazing mini-braid turban is one of the most impressive braided dos we’ve ever seen.