As someone who quite honestly just can't be bothered to spend hours styling their hair on a daily basis, I am always on the lookout for hairstyles that look good but with minimum effort. And while a ponytail might be one of the first styles that spring to mind if you're looking for something quick and easy, it isn't the most favoured look amongst celebrities and fashion girls. No, their "basic" hairstyle of choice is actually the bun. Why? Well, it takes basically no skill (just twist up your hair at the nape of your neck or on top of your head and secure with a hairband) yet it has the ability to add major cool-girl points to your look in moments. Trust me.
Keep scrolling to see 25 of the best bun hairstyles as demoed by some of my favourite celebrities and fashion friends. Oh, and check out this step-by-step guide on how to get the ultimate bun if you're a total newbie to the style.
When her hair isn't down, Rosie HW's strands can often be spotted in a scraped-back bun like this one. Huntington-Whiteley describes it as "a polished easy updo that I end up wearing most days" on her beauty website, Rose Inc.
Jennifer Lopez's wet-look bun is giving me serious California cool-girl vibes. You can get this look by combing a little gel through your hair before twisting it up. Be sparing, though—you want to look like you've been chilling by a pool, not like you've forgotten to wash your hair.
To re-create Stephanie's chic Scandi bun, braid your hair first and then twist it up at the nape of your neck.
I love the way that Margot's award-season bun still feels relaxed and carefree. Keep the ends of the bun untucked and allow strands to fall loose around the nape of your neck for a similarly carefree finish.
While I normally reserve a topknot for when I'm washing my hair, Katherine Langford's piled-high strands prove that a high bun can work just as well for a night out. Pull some tendrils loose around your face to stop it from looking too formal.