From the daily archives: "Wednesday, July 9, 2014"

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High ponies are normally kept sleek with lots of shine. The look is formal, sophisticated, dramatic, but also a bit stuffy, and not really what one would want to wear on a summer’s day. Out and about in London, Cara Delevingne showed a better way to wear the high pony for the everyday. Loosely messy with carefree flyaways and a lived-in matte texture, the look retains the main benefit of high-flying tails –– elevation for cheekbones, chin, lips and eyes –– while creating a youthful street style made for fashionable urbanites. Best of all it’s easy to achieve. Click notes for tips.

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Alexander Wang, Balenciaga, and super model Gisele Bündchen recently teamed up to prove to the world that cropped cuts are super sexy. For his third runway season at Balenciaga, Alexander Wang shot Gisele for his Fall 2014 campaign. Nothing too special right? A super model in a designer ad? Wrong. The ad totally rocked beauty standards by depicting Gisele–a super model known and loved for her envy-inducing beach waves––with a masculine cropped cut. Fashion-followers got a glimpse of a new and rebellious Gisele in her shorn and slicked back strands amongst a series of cracked mirrors, which makes the campaign even more intriguing. Don’t worry wave-enthusiasts, it was all excellently faked through the use of some photoshop magic. But we really love the look and if Giselle and other top super models can pull off this hot style, you can too. From Twiggy to Linda to Kate, click through to style notes to see our favorite super-models with cropped hair. –– Michelle Rotbart

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A tumble of wild hair swept forward in a wispy tangle balanced with a super sleek exterior provides an intriguing combination. The wild ends can be curled, crimped or straight, and worn lightly disheveled or in heightened disarray. The look is perfect for pairing with a glamorous evening ensemble. Wear it with understated makeup and forgo jewelry; your hair will be statement enough. Click the style notes for step-by-step instructions. –– Laura Martin

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Platinum hair is a huge trend this season, one that keeps getting lighter and brighter. This bright white blonde with a subtle silver cast is often coveted and rarely achieved. Since hair yellows at it lifts, achieving cool brightness without muddiness can be challenging. Click the style notes for tips, tricks, and formulas for achieving this elusive shade. –– Laura Martin

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