As if by magic, the festive season is almost upon us. I don't know about you. but I've already started bookmarking party outfits and planning my party-season manicure. My hairstyle, however, is often an afterthought, which leads to an influx of stress as I try and work out what to do with my hair, which is usually worn down and left to its own devices most days.
This year, though, I'm ready to switch things up. I want to go all out hair accessories but I'm rejecting the notion that you need to spend hours at the hairdresser's 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 types this year. Trust me—these are looks that you can genuinely re-create at home and will only take minutes to do—no skills required. Keep scrolling to see the best party hairstyles I've found.
There's a time and a place for a messy bun, but Scarlett Johansson proves that for a special occasion, sleek and glossy is the way to turn heads. Wear your bun mid-height—not too high, not too low—for a twist on this classic hairstyle.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley'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.
When in doubt, some loose curls à la Beyonce is a timeless party hairstyle.
This low ponytail is a staple time and time again at backstage at fashion week, but it just so happens to make a great party hairstyle too. Simply leave a piece of hair free from your ponytail, wrap it around the base and secure it with clips.
Unless you have naturally straight hair, you're likely going to need a pair of GHD stylers to re-create Emily Ratajkowski's sleek lob. It's worth it, though, because that hair is shinier than a disco ball.
I love how Nina Sandbech'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 bubble ponytail.