Braids ruled the summer, but that doesn't mean you can't wear them this fall as you head back to school. Here are five braided styles that are so pretty, you'll want to rock them all year. --Angel
Sparkle star Jordin Sparks' boho braid couldn't be simpler or more fetching, with a few face-framing curls loose to give the braid a breezy feel, and a chunky, gently loosened braid which she pulled around to the front. A sparkling headband or colorful flower would make it festive for Homecoming.
We just love a fishtail braid, and Blake Lively's high pony makes this one all at once playful and chic. The front is sleek with just a touch of volume, while the fishtail braid is slightly mussed--a beautiful dichotomy. Also, the sparkling hair accessory is perfection.
How do you take a humble braid to the next level? Loop it, twist it, and weave it with other braids to create an intricate updo like True Blood actress Anna Paquin. This style positively screams glamour, and is so stunning and textural, it needs no hair accessories to complete it.
Glee star Lea Michele's half-done-half-undone braid looks as easy and carefree as it is to pull off (it starts off as an extremely loose side French braid, but ends up in a haphazard braid at the tail). Somehow this devil-may-care style is incredibly fetching for a big night out -- Homecoming perhaps?
Freida Pinto's polished plaits are a great way to add interest to a classic chignon or low ponytail. Instead of loose and slightly unkempt, the actress kept it smooth, sleek, and shiny, with two very neat French braids going down either side of her head and ending in a low bun--simple yet stunning!
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