Grown Up Little Girls

So far my two favorite runway hairstyles take their inspiration from little girls, as far as I can tell. And I mean that in a good way. Braids and pig
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So far my two favorite runway hairstyles take their inspiration from little girls, as far as I can tell. And I mean that in a good way. Braids and pig

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So far my two favorite runway hairstyles take their inspiration from little girls, as far as I can tell. And I mean that in a good way. Braids and pigtails remind me fondly of my carefree days playing tag and tetherball, and doing penny drops off the monkey bars--with shorts underneath my skirt, of course. (None of us could let the boys peek. And now of course we're giving up pants altogether. But that's a whole other matter.) From the much-beloved Alexander Wang braid to the pigtails yesterday at Prada, elementary school hair is making a comeback. And I like it. A lot. This isn't the properly combed look that your mother painstakingly did for every morning. The styles are a little more f***ed up, with teasing, flyaways, and that perfect version of messiness that editorial stylists are so genius at. And of course, a power glossy bright lip wasn't really in the mix on the playground.

What's next? Ribbon barrettes? We've already moved past headbands, so who knows. They could look kinda groovy with your knee socks and brogues. (Side note: How on earth could I ever have hated those saddle oxfords my mom made us get before every new school year?) What do you think? Do you have a favorite style you'd bring back and muss and modernize to fit your grown up life?