When it comes to classic hairstyles, they don't come more timeless than the lob. With less drama (and less upkeep) than an Anna Wintour–inspired bob but a little more edge than long locks, the lob is the perfect in-between hairstyle that never goes out of style. Bonus: It suits every face shape, too, so there's no risk of remorse after your visit to the hairdresser's.
But what exactly is a lob? Well, it's exactly what it sounds like: a long bob. It's a one-length cut that generally sits at a mid-length, shoulder height—although you can get away with your strands falling just a smidge above or below that, too. Experiment with centre and side partings to switch up how your lob looks daily, but a lob hairstyle also pairs well with a fringe—whether that's a full, one-length fringe or wispier French-girl bangs.
And if you're considering embracing the lob for autumn/winter, you're in luck. There are so many examples of celebrities stepping out with the chicest mid-length hairstyles that I thought it would be rude not to put all of that great lob inspiration in one place.
Another autumn hair colour trend ticked off courtesy of Rihanna's paprika spice lob.
The centre-parting and tuck behind the ears lends Zawe's glossy lob major '90s vibes.
Lobs might be simple but they don't have to be boring. Make like Scarlett and add texture and movement with tousled waves and plenty of volumising spray.
A feathered fringe pairs perfectly with Kerry Washington's straight lob.
Channel EmRata's power lob by blow-drying the ends of your hair under with a round brush. Seriously glam.
Try a deep side-parting like Emilia Clarke's to add a retro feel to wavy strands.
Yes, there was a time when both Jenners modelled a lob hairstyle. Double trouble.
I never would have thought to flick the ends of my lob up like Selena, but it looks so cool that I could be converted.
Try using your hair straighteners to quickly add a fuss-free wave to your lob like Lily Collins has here.
Another retro-inspired side swoop from Mila Kunis.
Let's be real—every day is a good hair day for Sienna, but this softly tousled lob is one of my favourite looks.
VB has been stepping out with a lob for the best part of the last decade, and I can see why—it's classic, fuss-free, and always looks good.
Maya Rudolph might be one of the most hilarious women in Hollywood, but there's nothing funny about her lob—it's seriously chic.
Straight, simple and in autumn's trending shade of peppercorn black, Vanessa Hudgens ticks all the boxes with her mid-length hairstyle.
I love how J.Hud has kept her hair simple to let that dramatic dress shine.