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Hairstyles for Women’s Casual and Formal Wear: How to Find the Perfect Match

Whether you are attending a formal event or simply going about your daily activities, a hairstyle can make or break your entire look. Not all hair looks are created equal, however. Some hairstyles fit certain outfits better than others, especially when it comes to formal and casual attire. And when in doubt, it is always best to consult an expert. We asked the experts at to share their hairstyles tips for a variety of settings and situations. Here are the results.

Formal Hairstyles 

Once you have selected your dress, shoes, and accessories for that wedding, gala, or product launch, it is time to decide how you are going to style your hair. Sure, you can go to the hairdresser but that can take time and does not necessarily mean that you will end up looking exactly the way you want. So before you reach for the phone to make that hairdresser appointment, check out these style suggestions.

Updo with a Twist

An updo is great if you want your dress – and not your hairstyle – to be the focal point of your outfit. To add elegance to an updo, braid your hair and twist the braids into a bun. Alternatively, follow in the footsteps of the British actress Kate Winslet in Titanic by curling your hair before tying it up. In addition, you can make your hairstyle stand out in the crowd by topping off your look with a classic pearl headpiece or a flower. 

Glamour Half Updo

No matter how long your hair is, a half up and half down hairstyle can add a touch of glamour to any outfit. It also keeps the hair off your face without putting it up completely. Simple, yet classic, a half updo involves putting half of the hair into a ponytail, while adding volume to the hair at the top of the head. For an extra elegant look, add subtle waves to the portion of the hair that flows over your shoulders.

Casual Hairstyles 

The fact that you may only be stepping out to pick up some bread at the store does not mean that you should completely let yourself go. However, since you are probably not going to be running into the president, it makes little sense to spend too much time on your appearance. Nevertheless, here are a few tips if you want to go beyond the messy bun look. 

Waves and Curls

While it is easy to simply part your hair in the middle or on the side and leave it down if you have a little time why not grab your curling wand and add some soft curls or natural-looking waves to your look. 

Messy Half Updo

The sister of the glamour half updo, the messy half updo serves a similar function: it keeps the hair off your face and adds a touch of femininity. In addition, no matter whether you have long or medium-length hair, incorporating a braid into this style is bound to add an element of interest. 

Chic Ponytail

Ponytails are awesome. Not only do they look great but are also very practical. Why not tailor your ponytail by tying it up high on the head and framing your face with a few curls. Making a knot in the middle of the ponytail can also elevate what would normally be a casual look to the next level.