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It’s nearly impossible to picture Gwen Stefani without her platinum strands, or imagine Alexa Chung without her tousled brown waves, or to think of Anna Wintour without her signature crisp bob. These details make them easy to identify and provide the illusion of consistency even if they wear a wide range of clothing styles and makeup looks. There’s something appealing about a person who can stick to a single hairstyle—or slight variations on a theme—for decades. But why are we drawn to this sort of regularity? Is it only because consistency is unusual that it is appealing, or does a signature look signify something else, perhaps self-knowledge, or acceptance? If nothing else, a signature look is a quiet rebellion against the constant shifting of fashion trends, a way of dictating your own rules of styling instead of feeling pressured to follow someone else’s. Do you have a signature style? How long have you worn it? Click the notes to see celebs who are know for their signature ‘do and share your thoughts in the comments. –– Laura Martin  Click for StyleNotes →

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Alexa Chung is the face of Longchamp for another ad campaign. In this picture for their latest collaboration, Alexa brings New York fierce to the French fashion house. Though the jacket and the bag are hard to miss, we think the tousled bob steals the shot. Dancing imperfectly around her cheekbones and chin, and framing her eyes exquisitely, the style feels young and fresh, sumptuous and sophisticated. For tips on getting and styling a tousled bob, click notes. Click for StyleNotes →

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Alexa Chung has a gorgeous natural wave. That’s a great way to be as it creates styling options: you can go straight, or encourage an easy-going natural texture. With her boho-chic vibe, Alexa usually chooses the latter option, as seen in this image of her sporting a loose, shoulder-grazing, layered long bob. The style has softness and movement, with graphic emphasis placed on texture. Perfectly imperfect, this is a great example of her signature look. For the color, soft chocolatey tones keep it bright and sultry, and brings out her great complexion. Get tips for styling similar shapes in the notes.

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Zooey Deschanel, Alexa Chung, and Bella Thorne have refreshed their looks with this pretty trend. Center-parted bangs are a great option if you’re transitioning from a straight heavy fringe to a side sweep, growing out a short bang, or looking for a low maintenance, feature-framing option. The middle split and slightly imperfect finish lend a sexy bohemian vibe to this brow-dusting accent. Bangs perform many functions from disguising prominent foreheads to emphasizing cheekbones, but many women avoid them for fear of maintenance and styling challenges. The tousled finish of this bang requires little effort and the parting pushes hair to the sides for long-lasting shape that is easy to grow out. Click the style notes for tips on styling and maintaining this fringe. –– Laura Martin

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Iconic fashionistas like Alexa Chung may seem wholly original, but even the most unique looks are never pulled from the ether. Rather, they are the result of inspired combinations. The fabulous Alexa claims both Jane Birkin and Diane Keaton as important examples. Her signature bangs come from Birkin; her high-waisted trousers from Keaton. By juxtaposing strong elements of different styles you can create something both time-tested and original. Learn more about combining iconic looks to create your best style in the notes. –– Laura Martin