From the daily archives: "Monday, November 2, 2015"

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The clocks have gone back; we can no longer pretend winter won’t soon come. Nor can we keep wearing those easy, breezy summer styles every night and day. Wintertime, when we can’t rely on tanned skin and a sunny disposition to carry us through, requires that we add more polish and sophistication to create an eye-catching look. Sleek, shiny and straight hairstyles are one of the quickest, easiest ways to refine a style, which is why flat-irons come out more in the cold. Using flatirons should be simple. But many people forget the golden rules and end up damaging their tresses. Sidestep any slips with our easy guide for fabulous flat-ironing.

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braid

While they were once part of your hair repertoire (probably when you were six) hair bows are now probably at the bottom of your accessory essentials. Lately though, I’ve seen a number of them popping up on the red carpet and on the runway. Done correctly, they look chic on updos, braids, and ponytails. This is a look that will definitely be sticking through the next few seasons. Don’t let old memories of oversize bows for picture day scare you from this stylish do. Click through to style notes to get the details on how to rock a bow in 2015. –– Michelle Rotbart

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flowers

The natural rhythm of the seasons dictates the length of our days, the availability of produce, and major shifts in fashion trends. Changing up your hair and makeup to fit the current climate feels natural, but it does make fashion a bit predictable. Every spring the color palette gets lighter, the fabrics softer. Every fall hues richen, fabrics thicken. Some of these changes are inevitable—wearing a sundress in October isn’t going to be practical—but keeping hair and makeup light and flirty in the winter gives a fresh, youthful counterbalance to somber colors and luxe fabrics. Add some pastel flowers or a touch of carnation pink nail polish and you’ll give your otherwise seasonal style a delightful twist. Learn more about this trend in the style notes. –– Laura Martin

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b angs

Cooler weather has lots of advantages: you can layer clothing, your eye makeup won’t run, and your hair doesn’t frizz. Fall style is usually a little edgier than summer, and while adding darker lipstick or a richer shade of eye shadow are great ways to play up the gritty side of your style, neither will offer you the cool factor of these bangs. Long thick fringe split at the center with frayed edges will lend your leather jacket instant credibility and add a touch of rocker chic to even your most feminine dress. Learn more about this trending bang in the notes. –– Laura Martin

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