Sure, the blunt bob always seems to be a top pick in Hollywood—and most everywhere else—but for those of us who've been growing out our lobs since last fall (raises hand), you know the difficulty in trying to style ribcage-grazing hair. It isn't short enough to embrace a short, voluminous chop, and it isn't long enough to execute styles that require the added inches (like an iconic Kardashian ponytail or a Blake Lively braid). But layered, medium hair can be extremely versatile and fun. By working in some long layers, adjusting your part, or styling it "just so," you'll be falling in love with your not-short, not-long hair in no time.
Below, we've rounded up 11 chic medium-length hairstyles for varying textures, inspired by celebrities who wear them best.
We can't get Miranda's collarbone-length cut out of our minds—or our hair inspiration boards. Long, polished layers add extra volume and dimension to her shiny locks.
"Hello," from dreamland, where we can't stop thinking about how perfect Adele's haircut is. But in all seriousness, her layered, medium-length locks couldn't be more stunning.
Shanina complements her just-to-the-shoulder cut with gorgeously defined curls, shine, and a dramatic side part. Try these DIY curl cream recipes for the perfect antidote to unpredictable strands.
Soo Joo Park
If you're looking to upgrade your medium-length locks with a bit of edge, look no further than Soo Joo Park's rock-and-roll-inspired look. The model's layered, wispy ends pair brilliantly with a light dusting of eyebrow-length fringe.
For gorgeous volume like Iman's, spritz freshly dried ends (from the mid-shaft down) with a hearty dose of IGK Beach Club Texture Spray ($29). It adds a ton of mega-watt body without the crunch or stick.
From chin-length bobs to silver-platinum locks, Kloss always keeps us on our toes when it comes to her ever-evolving locks. We especially love this layered take (pre-bleach job).
Like Kloss, Zendaya seems to have never met a cut or style she didn't like—or that didn't suit her. Here, she works her medium-length haircut with pretty layers, natural texture, and eye-grazing bangs.
Famously known for her long and luscious strands, we applaud Hosk for trading in length for a shorter, mid-length cut hitting just passed her shoulders. Cheekbone-framing layers are dispersed throughout for a fresh, dimensional touch.
With a sleek nod to Old Hollywood glamour, Stone wore her layers with flattering waves inspired by Veronica Lake. However, her shorter length gives the iconic style a refreshing update.
We'd be silly to say that we don't unabashedly drool over Chrissy's otherworldly cheekbones. And though it does seem impossible, her flattering length and layers only make them look better.
Here Tookes shows off pretty face-framing layers, which are offset by dimensional chocolate and caramel-hued highlights.