In Defence of the Side Fringe: Photographic Evidence the Style Is Still Cool

Leave it to the internet to wage war on our most beloved beauty trends. The latest beauty casualty? Side fringes. Yes, first TikTok declared that side-partings were under fire and with them came our beloved side fringes. How can this be? Side fringes are widely accepted as the most flattering style for every face shape and forehead length, not to mention their uncanny ability to conceal overgrown roots and scraggly lengths. To put it plainly, side fringes aren't just pretty. They're useful, too.

In return for their decades of loyal service, it's only right that we step in to defend them now and take a firm stance on this polarising subject. We're pro side fringes in this house! And we're not just being stubborn. We actually believe the classic style still has legs. But don't just take our word for it. Ahead, find 25 of our favourite examples of side fringes in all their glory. Scroll on to see the proof and prepare to recommit.

Zoë Kravitz

Zoe Kravitz Side Fringe

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Kravitz's micro-fringe looks so chic all the time, but especially when pushed to the side.

Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong'o Side Fringe

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@lupitanyongo

The subtle side part in Nyong'o's curly coif makes for the perfect fringe.

Lily Collins

Lily Collins Side Fringe

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@lilyjcollins

This fringe has a slight bend, so it looks even better swept to the side.

Camila Morrone

Camila Morrone Side Fringe

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@chadwoodhair

There's nothing like a loosely curled tendril to add the most elegant touch to any hairstyle.

Kris Jenner

Kris Jenner Side Fringe

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@ash_kholm

Jenner is the queen of the power pixie and always finishes her hair with a piecey side fringe. Iconic.

Normani

Normani Side Fringe

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@normani

This smooth side fringe is giving major '90s vibes.

Dua Lipa

Dua Lips Side Fringe

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@patrickta

So much yes to Lipa's pseudo-fringe. Just flip your bob to one side and you can get the look, too.

Tessa Thompson

Tessa Thompson Side Fringe

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@ninapark

Thompson demonstrates how to get a similar look with box braids. Just gorgeous.

Kerry Washington

The only thing better than a coily fringe is a coily, side-swept fringe like Washington's.

Kate Mara

Kate Mara Side Fringe

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@mararoszak

Mara's new haircut is really doing it for us, especially that built-in fringe.

Rowan Blanchard

Blanchard's shaggy fringe is so perfect, even when pinned back with dainty hair clips.

Emily Ratajkowski

This vintage-looking fringe may or may not be a clip-in, but either way, it's so good.

Bella Hadid

This tousled side fringe gives Hadid's cropped wig some serious edge.

Cindy Crawford

This long, layered side style is timeless.

Jasmine Sanders

Jasmine Sanders Side Fringe

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@goldenbarbie

Loose, cascading curls are so pretty, too.

Vanessa Hudgens

Here, Hudgens demonstrates how to up the ante on a sleek side-fringe moment with this face-hugging style.

Lili Reinhart

Lili Reinhart Side Fringe

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@lilireinhart

The side fringe plus all that volume is a recipe for success.

Ashley Graham

We're living for this retro-inspired high ponytail and smooth swoop courtesy of our girl Graham. 

Michelle Williams

Side-swept beach waves are always a vibe.

Jenna Dewan

Jenna Dewan Side Fringe

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@kristin_ess

Even with an eyebrow-grazing fringe, a side-swept moment coupled with beachy waves just never gets old.

Yara Shahidi

Yara Shahidi Side Fringe

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A curly fringe gives us life, especially when it leans to one side like Shahidi's.

Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart Side Fringe

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Still recovering from Stewart's undone, textured side fringe. From cut to colour, it's all working.

Rihanna

Rihanna Side Fringe

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Riri got it right with this mod look complete with a flip and side swoop.

Megan Thee Stallion

Megan Thee Stallion Side Fringe

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@theestallion

See? Side fringes are hot-girl approved.

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus Side Fringe

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Cyrus's edgy texture is so cool, right down to the effortless sweep of her fringe.

Up next, the 8 biggest hair trends for this spring.

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