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 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.
Party season is all about excess, so follow Linn's approach to party hair. Why wear one hair clip when you can wear four?
Try switching the positioning of your ponytail from the centre to the side like Katherine has done here. It transforms the look from basic to party-ready.
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.
I'm head over heels for Laura Harrier's party ponytail: low, tousled and with a few tendrils left loose at the front.
Sometimes, it's the classic hairstyles that work best for parties and a bouncy blow-dry always looks good. Use a large barrel brush to create glamorous volume like Lizzo's style.
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.
To re-create Holly's retro hairstyle, use a large curling tong and brush the curls through afterwards for soft waves.
J.Lo is the queen of the high ponytail, but I love how the flicked-up ends lend this simple style a bit of oomph.
Turns out that you don't need to spend loads on new hair accessories for party season. ASOS Lotte uses basic kirby grips to pin her centre-parted strands back with remarkably chic results.