Trendwatch: Ponytails are a key element for autumn/winter 2011
Soft, sexy and with more than a hint of country chic, the ponytail is back with a bang for next season. Fast becoming a red carpet staple, Olivia Wilde, Taylor Swift and Jayma Mays have all been sporting versions of the style. On the catwalks, low pony's were seen at Balmain while higher tails were paraded at Emanuel Ungaro and Louis Vuitton.
Here are the rules:
Resist the retro and ditch the 80's
Hair should be smooth, sexy and sleek. The look is groomed, glossy and styled to perfection, so swap the Desperately Seeking Susan ethic for some slick spirals layered over elastic. Unruly waves are to be firmly disciplined with some glossy blow drying.
Giddy it up
Avoid hair that looks as though it's been plastered to your skull and add some va-va-volume.
Keep hair raised at the crown with some gentle backcombing before you pull that pony into action. Just like gymkhana, balance is everything.
Keep it textured
Whether you've opted for a low pony or something a little more glamorous, texture is a must. The style should stay true to your natural hair texture without looking too frizzy. Keep some fly-away strands strategically placed to avoid a look that tries too hard, and keep a little salt spray handy for volume and movement.
Avoid at all costs
Ponytails are a key element in this seasons aspirational country look. Keep jackets fitted, boots well polished and throw in a bit of tweed here and there.
Accessories to avoid at all costs include prams, jeggings and widescreen TV's ... you have been warned !