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Style Trends

Top Knot Status

The top knot hairstyle has been a fixture on red carpets, runways and style blogs for years and is showing no signs of letting up. From classic to kooky, we examine the diverse interpretations of the beloved trend.

Classic: The classic top knot takes the no muss, no fuss approach. You won’t find any fancy bells and whistles on this polished top knot, just good clean styling.

Bangin’: Think all of your hair has to be tied back to sport the ultimate top knot? Think again. Beyonce and Nicole Richie prove that bangs and topknots are made for each other.  The bangin’ top knot is an excellent option for those of us who love a good face framing hair moment.

Braided: Braids and topknots are another winning combination.  Check out this easy tutorial to get AnnaLynne McCord’s awesome braided top knot or simply use a few well placed braids as top knot accents. See Solange’s breezy box braids wrapped into a super knot as further inspiration for this glam slam pairing.

Messy: Bead head turned into an updo is a perennial favorite with both bloggers and the celebrity set. The intentionally untidy topknot is perfect for revving up second day hair.  Those of us who adore this look are in luck! Wayward tendrils and roughed up knots are set to continue trending well into 2013.

Askew: Some of our more daring celebrity darlings are finishing their red carpet looks with off-center buns and knots that rival any perfectly centered version.  Do side and front knots still count as top knots? We’ll just consider them as the fascinators of top knots.

Whimsical/Radical:  Top knots are going next level thanks to some adventurous engineering. Ashley Tisdale used playful styling and peek-a-boo contrast coloring to make her top knot stand out, while Katy Perry went bold with allover color. Cassie took the radical route with shaved sides that somehow work with this style.

Over the Top: Then there are the extreme top knots that make us wonder if the trend has gone too far. Do we vote for eccentric top knots that could be inspired by Dr. Seuss as a hit or a miss?

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