From the daily archives: "Tuesday, May 14, 2013"

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Hats are cool and funky and fun. Great for covering up a bad hair day, great for when you just don’t want to think about it, and great when you want to be little miss chic. The fedora is a men’s style classic, offering urbane, debonair charm; but when worn by a women, the fedora takes on a different form. For the fairer sex, this accessory creates a cross between casual insouciance and beatnik non-conformity, which makes them great for festivals, carnivals, and other free-spirited spring and summer occasions. And the styling is so easy. The best thing you can do is let hair hang loose and free with natural texture, with the fedora angled artfully from front to back. Other tips can help you take this look from good to great; find out how in the style notes.

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The beat generation combined artistic discernment with street culture for a style that was both ragged and refined. Poems, parties, travel, and music were the passions of a youth culture that prided itself on exploring the underbelly of society while creating an vibrant, non-conformist movement focused on freedom of expression within a low-key, minimal aesthetic. This cut epitomizes beat culture with a minimal, edgy, and artsy look. Volume at the crown, crisp edges and a sleek finish give a look that is both simple and coifed. Paired with dramatic cat eyes and a black turtleneck, this style epitomizes sixties chic, which is right on trend. Get the look in a few simple steps via the style notes. –– Laura Martin 

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Kerry Washington has that certain something; she always looks fabulous. Her latest hairstyle continues her fashion-forward theme, while retaining the timeless elegance, beauty and grace for which she is famed. An asymmetrical, short to long wave cascade, the shape opens her gorgeous face-frame, and features scintillating shine. But it is the color that steals the light. A deep, smokey brown billows with ribbons of artful red streaks, perfectly placed to spotlight her tumbling texture. Attaining a similarly glamorous style is easy if you know how; for our tips, click style notes.

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Bronzer brings a warm, tanned glow to skin with a dust of soft golden copper. Used on hair, the tone has a similar effect, imparting shine and warmth that feel sun-kissed and beachy. This shade sits on the border between blonde and brown; it’s simultaneously rich and bright, for a balanced look that works on both light and dark coloring. This shade is gorgeous alone and easily pairs with golden highlights or chocolatey lowlights. Read on for formulations and tips for achieving this color. –– Laura Martin

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