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If you’re going to sit in the front row at a big show like Christian Dior, you’d better look great from behind. Jessica Alba’s jeweled collar and sleek, folded updo nailed it at Paris Fashion Week. From behind, her folded bun had a fan shape reminiscent of a geisha’s chignon. In front, her dark roots, center part, and glossy smoothness gave the style classic appeal. Click the notes for step-by-step instructions to recreating this fashionable look. ––  Laura Martin Click for StyleNotes →

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Contrast is one of the most important aspects of design, lending balance and distinction to otherwise harmonious elements. We tend to think of contrast as striking polarities—black and white, short and long—but using contrasting lines is a great way to add variance that doesn’t feel dramatically discordant. Pairing straight hair with a jagged part or waves with a crisp dividing line creates a subtle, pleasing contrast. Get step-by-step instructions in the notes. –– Laura Martin Click for StyleNotes →

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Gigi rarely has a fashion misstep, but even for her this braided bun was a standout. The style, which she wore back in September (ahead of the game, as usual) epitomizes a trend I expect to see a lot of this year: classic shapes with intricate details. This look comes together in under 10 minutes, but—thanks to some careful detailing—it looks intricate and carefully constructed. It’s the perfect pairing for a streamlined ensemble like Gigi’s fitted jacket and sultry cat eye. Get step-by-step instructions for creating the look in the notes. –– Laura Martin Click for StyleNotes →


Braids are still very on trend, but we’ve been wearing them for long enough that the usual suspects feel a little tired. Of course there are always more complicated plaits to try, but if you’re not optimistic about your chances of nailing a basket weave you may want to think about different ways to apply the techniques you’re familiar with instead of learning a whole new method. The three looks shown here rely on classic techniques—French braids, cornrows, and plaits—applied in a new way. Click the notes for step-by-steps to creating the looks. –– Laura Martin

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