Sure, the blunt bob always seems to be a top pick in Hollywood (and elsewhere), 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 a Kardashian pony or a Blake Lively braid). The thing is, though, layered, medium hair can be extremely versatile and fun, and working in some long layers, adjusting your part, or styling it just so will have you falling in love with your not-short, not-long hair in no time.
Ahead, we rounded up 11 chic medium-length hairstyles for varying textures, inspired by celebrities who wear them best.
We can't get the model'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 the other side—aka dreamland, where we can't stop thinking about how perfect Adele's haircut is. But in all seriousness, her layered, medium-length look couldn't be more stunning.
The model complements her just-to-the-shoulder cut with gorgeously defined curl, 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 haircut 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 epic 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 mega-watt body without the crunch or stick.
From chin-length bobs to near-silver platinum locks, Kloss always keeps us on our toes when it comes to her ever-evolving hair looks. 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 for length for a shorter, mid-length cut hitting just passed her shoulders. Cheekbone-framing layers are dispersed throughout for a super-fresh touch.
With a sleek nod to Old Hollywood glamour, the actress wore her layers with flattering bends inspired by Veronica Lake. However, her shorter length gives the iconic style a refreshing update.
We'd be remiss to say we don't unabashedly drool over the model's otherworldly cheekbones. And though it would seem impossible, her flattering length and layers only make them look better.
The model shows off pretty face-framing layers, which are offset by dimensional chocolate and caramel-hued highlights.