This "Boring" Hairstyle Is Ideal for 2020's Alternative Party Season

I'm rubbish at doing my hair. There, I said it. As the girls in my class at school nimbly crafted French plaits in one another's hair, there I was struggling to get my pigtails to sit symmetrically. Fast forward a few—okay, 20—years, and I'm still just as inept at doing anything remotely interesting with my hair. That said, there is one style I've come to master, particularly over the last few months: the ponytail.

I always wear my hair down or, at a push, in a low messy bun, reserving ponytails for my infrequent trips to the gym. However, I've realised that the ponytail, while undoubtedly practical, can also be wholly chic and is, in fact, the perfect party hairstyle for 2020 that anyone can do—myself included.

Everywhere I look, the Instagram set is sporting souped-up party ponytails decorated with the likes of bows, pearls, jewels, and tortoiseshell. There's so much inspiration to be had that I've assembled my favourite party ponytail looks for you below, followed by the prettiest accessories to personalise your own.

Kudos to Amaka for matching her scrunchie to her jumper to her eyeliner. 

Margot Robbie's loose, low ponytail is perfect for offsetting her fancy frock. 

Party Ponytails: @aimeesong leaves the front sections of her ponytail loose

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@aimeesong

Aimee leaves the front tendrils of her hair loose and wavy for a romantic take on a ponytail. 

Party Ponytails: Emili cooly accessorises her sleek ponytail with pearl earrings and a sequin blouse.

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@emilisindlev

Emili cooly accessorises her sleek ponytail with pearl earrings and a sequin blouse. 

Party Ponytails: Julianne Moore's high, volumised ponytail is the stuff of legend.

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@hungvanngo

Julianne Moore's high, volumised ponytail is the stuff of legend. We love the addition of the cute hair bow, too. 

Party Ponytails: Jasmine Tooke's wet-look lengths give the simple ponytail extra edge.

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@jastookes

Jasmine Tookes's wet-look lengths give the simple ponytail extra edge. 

Can't decide between a satin bow or jewelled hair slides? Wear them both! 

Party Ponytails: Nnenna's bubble ponytail looks so fashion thanks to her polkadot scrunchies and padded hairband.

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@nnennaechem

Nnenna's bubble ponytail looks so fashion thanks to her polka-dot scrunchies and padded hairband. 

Party Ponytails: Glossy and sleek, mimic Bella's retro ponytail with a sweeping side parting and curled-under ends.

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@hungvanngo

Glossy and sleek, mimic Bella Hadid's retro ponytail with a sweeping side-parting and curled-under ends. 

Party Ponytails: Add an organza bow to your ponytail

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@leletny

Bows will always look gorgeous wrapped around a ponytail, but this organza option is next-level beautiful. 

Party Ponytails: Lock your ponytail in place with a hair clasp in place of a basic bobble.

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@heartzeena

Lock your ponytail in place with a hair clasp instead of a basic bobble. 

Expert tip: Wrap a strand of hair around the base of your ponytail to disguise the hairband holding it in place, just like Lauren-Nicole. 

Party Ponytails: If in doubt, add more accessories

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@linneklund

If in doubt, add more accessories. 

Party Ponytails: This bubble ponytail is a work of art, and looks incredible against Miss Enocha's dress.

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@missenocha

This bubble ponytail is a work of art and looks incredible against Miss Enocha's dress. 

Party Ponytails: Sophie's volumised ponytail and textured top are low-key but so stylish.

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@cwoodhair

Sophie's volumised ponytail and textured top are low-key but so stylish. 

Party Ponytails: @ninasandbech a velvet bow will always look chic against a ponytail

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@ninasandbech

Shiny hair and a large velvet bow make for the perfect party hair default. 

Party Ponytails: Try a preppy high ponytail

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@aysha.sow

Aysha's preppy high ponytail looks incredible with her glossy lengths, flicked ends, and fluffy eyelashes. 

Make like Stephanie and sweep your hair back in a low ponytail for easy elegance. 

Party Ponytails: @ninasandbech wears several statement clips in her hair

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@ninasandbech

Assemble your favourite clips at the base of your ponytail for a lightening-quick update. 

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