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Retro Bangs Are Back For Fall

Alexa Chung, Lizzy Caplan, and more are taking their fringe to a new, retro length.
  • Retro Bangs Are Back For Fall
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  • Lizzy Caplan
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    The piecey look hairstylist Renato Campora created for the actress’ Masters of Sex premiere officially put us on team fringe.

  • Alexa Chung
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    Chung’s also embracing a textured rendition, as seen this weekend in New York. To cop the style, ask for lightly textured bangs that are slightly shorter in the center.

  • Annabelle Dexter Jones
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    Although bangs do take daily styling, you don’t have to be chained to a blow-dryer. Follow Dexter-Jones’ lead and push your fringe to the side for an effortless look. (Spritz with L’Oreal’s Everstyle Texture Series Beach Waves Spray ($6) while wet to get that matte texture!)

  • Taylor Swift
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    Swift faked a retro style at the premiere of Romeo and Juliet in Los Angeles by sweeping her eye-grazing bangs to the side—the perfect way to experiment before committing!

  • Mia Wasikowska
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    We first took notice of Wasikowska’s bangs in March when hairstylist Ryan Trygstad made them short and choppy—a style she’s still rocking. He suggests using a flat iron to make them straight, then setting with Elnett.

  • Audrey Tautou
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    The French actress gave her short fringe a heavy dose of texture for a movie premiere in Germany last month. Try Bumble and bumble’s Sumotech ($27) to get definition and hold.

  • Imogen Poots
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    Embrace the retro feeling of short bangs like Poots, who paired her ‘do with an equally vintage-inspired Prada dress and red lip at the London premiere of Filth.

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    Or make them feel totally modern like Danish singer Oh Land: her hair’s been a rainbow of sorbet colors since she cut baby bangs this summer.

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    Need proof that the style can look punk instead of polished? Check out Rihanna’s bangs at Opening Ceremony’s runway show during New York Fashion Week.

Baby bangs—short, retro-inspired fringe—have been popping up on everyone from Rihanna to Alexa Chung to Taylor Swift lately. We credit the F/W 13 runway: hairstylist Guido Palau razored short, choppy bangs at Marc Jacobs, while hairstylist Odile Gilbert added blunt, clip-in bangs to create a futuristic fringe at Thakoon. The real-world translation is less dramatic, however. Chung is keeping hers piecey and just above her brows, Imogen Poots went blunt, and Rihanna’s are full-on punk.

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