40 of the Best Bob Hairstyles to Inspire Your Next Haircut

My hair has recently reached that awkward in-between length: It's no longer the mid-length lob that I visited the hairdressers for last year, but it can't quite be considered a long hairstyle yet. Instead, it's sitting rather uninspiringly on my shoulders causing me to seriously consider going for the chop. I've experimented with shorter hairstyles over the years but have never taken the plunge into a full-on bob.

However, with my Instagram Saved folder full of some of this year's biggest hair trends, I have to admit that I'm seriously tempted to forgo my lengths in favour of something shorter, choppier and infinitely cooler. And a quick look online confirmed so many celebrities, from Kourtney Kardashian to Lily James, have undergone major short-hair transformations over the last couple of years, and their styles look seriously amazing.

So much so that the idea of going for a bob has never been more appealing. If you're unsure what style of bob might suit you best, Adam Reed, hairstylist and ambassador for L'Oréal Professionnel explains, "When styling for round face shapes, we will normally look to elongate the face by adding in side-swept bangs, volume at the crown or even changing the parting to ensure there are clear angles in the look. Square face shapes, on the other hand, should avoid a sharp or blunt bob and instead look to soft layers that will elongate the face shape." Whatever your face shape, there's a bob style out there for you.

To prove it, we've rounded up 40 celebrities and fashion girls who are stepping out in the best bob hairstyles right now. Trust me—these are the looks to copy if you're considering going for the chop.

1. Kourtney Kardashian

The Kardashians are pretty synonymous with ultra-long hair, but I'm totally obsessed with Kourtney's choppier bob.

2. Grece Ghanem

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Grece Ghanem has opted for a jaw-skimming bob that perfectly complements her beautiful silver shade.

3. Aïda From Basics Touch

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Aïda has got the cool-girl summer wave down to a T. Just add a white dress and straw hat.

4. Keira Knightley

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Kiera's heart-shaped face is an ideal match for this choppy bob style.

5. Ambrosia Malbrough

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Ambrosia is giving us all the summer bob vibes with her stunning chop. 

6. Lily James

Lily James's blunt blonde bob is one of my favourite celebrity hair transformations of all time.

7. Miss Enocha

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Miss Enocha makes a very good case for a '20s-style bob plus sleek styling.

8. Carey Mulligan

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Carey is serving up a triple dose of hair inspiration here with her perfect-length bob, that choppy fringe and her beachy waves.

9. Chloe Miles

For a retro finish, make like Chloe Miles and add a fringe to your bob hairstyle.

10. Laura Harrier

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It's not just the fashion that it's worth looking to the '60s for; it's the beauty, too. Laura Harrier's beehive-inspired bob is created by adding plenty of volume at the back of the style and keeping things sleek at the front.

11. Naaomi Ross

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A wavy bob in a vibrant shade of creamy blonde is never a bad idea.

12. Kaia Gerber

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Kaia Gerber's side parting and tousled waves lend her bob hairstyle some serious French-girl vibes.

13. Fearne Cotton

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I think that Fearne's new short hair looks amazing. Use a texture spray through the ends to give your cut a similarly choppy feel.

14. Marta Cygan

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Marta's micro-bob makes every outfit look like that little bit cooler thanks to how effortless and mussed-up it is. 

15. Anna Wintour

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The queen of the bob, Anna Wintour has a classic chin-length hairstyle that is totally timeless. Pair it with a blunt, full fringe for extra power points.

16. Rachel Stevens

It's not just Rachel Stevens's style that we've unexpectedly found ourselves wanting to copy; it's her hair, too. Stevens opts for tonged curls to style her long bob for a polished finish.

17. Sade Akinsanya

Headband + natural curls = the cutest combination, as worn by Sade.

18. Bella Hadid

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Before Bella went over to the blonde side, the supermodel could be spotted with this retro-inspired bob as her hairstyle of choice.

19. Dua Lipa

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If I could achieve even a fraction of the shine coming off Dua Lip's black bob, then I'd be one happy beauty editor.

20. María Bernad

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María's micro bob isn't for the fainthearted, but it looks so damn amazing with her feathered fringe

21. Tanya Burr

Best Bob Hairstyles: Tanya Burr

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Take a low-maintenance approach to bobs by leaving yours to air-dry as Tanya Burr did with her blonde one.

22. Freddie Harrel

Freddie's paprika-hued bob (it's going to be one of this season's hottest hair colours, FYI) is perfect for autumn.

23. Kerry Washington

Hair clips + side parting = the most elegant bob I ever did see. Thanks for the inspo, Kerry.

24. Jourdan Dunn

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I'm totally obsessed with Jourdan's chin-length, wavy 'do. She might have persuaded me to wave goodbye to my trademark bangs.

25. ASOS Lotte

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Think of ASOS Lotte's long bob as the perfect entry point to the hairstyle.

26. Tessa Thompson

Tessa Thompson's razor-sharp ends are so cool.

27. Charlize Theron

Not only do I love the cut of Charlize's style here, but I'm head over heels for that rich, chocolate-brown colour.

28. Lizzy Hadfield

Another fashion girl who took the plunge into short-hair territory this year is Lizzy Hadfield, and I adore it.

29. Emma Roberts

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Stylists advise using a hair straightener to re-create the cool, relaxed L.A. waves that Emma Roberts is modelling here.

30. Ciara

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Ciara's wet-look, side-swept bob demonstrates the perfect way to give a standard blunt bob an edgier finish.

31. Lucy Boynton

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A dramatic side sweep and retro waves deliver red carpet glamour in abundance for Lucy Boynton.

32. Margot Robbie

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Let's be honest: Margot Robbie's hair always looks amazing, but I have a soft spot for this sharp, short bob that she wore to the Oscars last year.

33. Oluwaseun

Long, waist-length braids might be totally dreamy, but this bobbed style is serving serious inspo, too.

34. Alyssa Coscarelli

If I were going to take the plunge for any bob, then it would most likely be a low-maintenance wavy style like Alyssa's.

35. Kim Kardashian West

Kim's tucked-under, voluminous bob gives off some serious retro vibes, and we're kind of in love.

36. Jodie Turner-Smith

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Jodie Turner-Smith's hair game never fails to floor us, but this cropped bob styled into wavy crimps is one of our all-time favourites.

37. Amy Julliette Lefévre

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If you ask us, Amy has one of the best bobs on Instagram. It's a cropped, French style with a shaggy fringe that oozes laid-back cool.

38. Tia Ward

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Tia's shoulder-skimming bob is taken to the next level with subtle ribbons of caramel balayage running throughout.

39. Franny

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Franny's thick, wavy bob complete with a full fringe is the perfect formula for French-girl chic.

40. Alexa Chung

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You didn't think we'd have a bob roundup without this iconic style, did you? Alexa Chung's shoulder-length, tousled bob has become one of the most famous around (and for good reason).

This post was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated. 

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