From the daily archives: "Wednesday, June 24, 2015"

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From fishtail to waterfall to Dutch to milkmaid, there are a slew of different braids one can wear. To engender your own masterful twine, try an inventive twist: Make your braid into a bun. By winding into a side-bun, the hair is controlled and off the face, while the style will feature lots of visual interest. Learn this elegant and sophisticated look in the notes.  Click for StyleNotes →

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No matter your personal sense of beauty style –– classic, professional, punk, or ethereal –– a fancy chignon knot or modern updo should be in your tool box of hairstyles. These styles are great go-tos for occasions, keep hair off the nape (which keeps you cool), and can say anything from, “I’m the badass who will soon be running Vogue” to “I like to flirt and have fun and I don’t give a. . . .” And since it’s already the first official week of summer, you better get to practicing and perfecting the updo look that expresses the most about your personality. For celebrity inspiration on how to look hot and keep cool this summer, click through to style notes. –– Michelle Rotbart Click for StyleNotes →

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Periwinkle evokes dusk, violets, and cool evening breezes. The pastel trend is going strong and it still looks fresh. Part of the appeal is how customizable pale hues truly are. We keep seeing new variations like Abbey Lee’s pink and mint combo or the cool shade of violet blue picture above. This calming hue is just the thing for hot sticky weather. Learn more about this shade and other trending pastels in the style notes. –– Laura Martin Click for StyleNotes →

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I’ve collected vintage hats since I was in high school. My collection takes up three shelves and includes a maroon beret, a lace calot, and no less than five casques in colors from canary yellow to navy blue. Until recently, I rarely wore them. Whenever I tried I ended up looking like I was in a BBC costume drama. I was going over the top, pairing these hats with vintage dresses, shoes, and period-appropriate makeup. The trick to making vintage toppers look modern, I’ve learned, is to keeping everything else simple and contemporary. Click the style notes for more. –– Laura Martin Click for StyleNotes →