I've made no secret in the past of the fact that I'm pretty useless at styling my own hair, but party season always brings with it an increasing amount of pressure to step outside your fashion and beauty comfort zones and embrace a more experimental look.
This year, though, I'm saying no more. That isn't to say that I won't have a little fun playing with some hair accessories or sparkly wardrobe options, but I'm rejecting the notion that you need to spend hours at the hairdressers to create a look deemed "party-ready."
So to mark this more laidback approach to special occasion hairstyles, I've rounded up some of my favourite party hairstyles that I've spotted on celebs and fashion girls this year. Trust me—these are looks that you can genuinely re-create at home and will only take minutes to do. Keep scrolling to see them all.
A low ponytail or bun always looks elegant when the roots of your hair are slicked-back. I love how ASOS Lesley has finished her look with one of this year's ultimate party accessories: a pearl hair clip.
A high ponytail is perfect for party season because it keeps your hair off your face, and, let's face it, looks damn cute. Make like Sophie and keep some volume at the roots of your hair so the look doesn't feel too polished.
Rosie's party hairstyle might look avant-garde, but it's surprisingly simple to get a similar look. Just tie your hair into a low ponytail at the nape of your neck, loop the ends up towards your crown and secure it with bobby pins.
There's a time and a place for a messy bun, but Scarlett proves that for a special occasion, sleek and glossy is the way to turn heads. Wear your bun mid-height—not too high and not too low—for a twist on this classic hairstyle.
I love how Nina's party hairstyle is so simple yet so effective. Just brush your hair back into a low ponytail and add a few extra hairbands at varying points. Pull the hair out slightly in each section to create a bubbled effect.