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
Grece Ghanem has opted for a jaw-skimming bob that perfectly complements her beautiful silver shade.
3. Aïda From Basics Touch
Aïda has got the cool-girl summer wave down to a T. Just add a white dress and straw hat.
4. Keira Knightley
Kiera's heart-shaped face is an ideal match for this choppy bob style.
5. Ambrosia Malbrough
Ambrosia is giving us all the summer bob vibes with her stunning chop.
6. Lily James
7. Miss Enocha
8. Carey Mulligan
9. Chloe Miles
For a retro finish, make like Chloe Miles and add a fringe to your bob hairstyle.
10. Laura Harrier
11. Naaomi Ross
A wavy bob in a vibrant shade of creamy blonde is never a bad idea.
12. Kaia Gerber
13. Fearne Cotton
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
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
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
17. Sade Akinsanya
18. Bella Hadid
Supermodel Bella looks great with this retro-inspired bob as her hairstyle of choice.
19. Dua Lipa
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
21. Tanya Burr
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
24. Jourdan Dunn
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
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
Ciara's wet-look, side-swept bob demonstrates the perfect way to give a standard blunt bob an edgier finish.
31. Lucy Boynton
32. Margot Robbie
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
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
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
Tia's shoulder-skimming bob is taken to the next level with subtle ribbons of caramel balayage running throughout.
Franny's thick, wavy bob complete with a full fringe is the perfect formula for French-girl chic.
40. Alexa Chung
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).