I've made no secret in the past of the fact that I'm pretty useless at styling my own hair, but party season always brings with it an increasing amount of pressure to step outside your fashion and beauty comfort zones and embrace a more experimental look.
This year, though, I'm saying no more. That isn't to say that I won't have a little fun playing with some hair accessories or sparkly wardrobe options, but I'm rejecting the notion that you need to spend hours at the hairdressers to create a look deemed "party-ready."
So to mark this more laidback approach to special occasion hairstyles, I've rounded up some of my favourite party hairstyles that I've spotted on celebs and fashion girls this year. Trust me—these are looks that you can genuinely re-create at home and will only take minutes to do. Keep scrolling to see them all.
A low ponytail or bun always looks elegant when the roots of your hair are slicked-back. I love how ASOS Lesley has finished her look with one of this year's ultimate party accessories: a pearl hair clip.
A high ponytail is perfect for party season because it keeps your hair off your face, and, let's face it, looks damn cute. Make like Sophie and keep some volume at the roots of your hair so the look doesn't feel too polished.
Party season is all about excess, so follow Linn's approach to party hair. Why wear one hair clip when you can wear four?
Nnenna is queen of the hair accessories. This playful look is perfect if you're looking for a more unusual way to layer your hair slides and scrunchies.
Unless you have naturally straight hair, you're likely going to need a pair of GHD stylers to re-create EmRata's sleek lob. It's worth it, though, because that hair is shinier than a disco ball.
Try switching the positioning of your ponytail from the centre to the side like Katherine has done here. It transforms the look from basic to party-ready.
Rosie's party hairstyle might look avant-garde, but it's surprisingly simple to get a similar look. Just tie your hair into a low ponytail at the nape of your neck, loop the ends up towards your crown and secure it with bobby pins.
A half-up, half-down hairstyle is always a good party option if you're not sure what to do. Michelle's colourful butterfly clip is the perfect finishing touch.
I'm head over heels for Laura Harrier's party ponytail: low, tousled and with a few tendrils left loose at the front.
It might be her trademark beauty look, but I think Jorja Smith's '90s-inspired high ponytail is the perfect party hairstyle.
Calling all short-haired girls: Take inspiration from Emmanuelle this party season and top your bob with a headband as a 30-second way to switch up your look.
There's a time and a place for a messy bun, but Scarlett proves that for a special occasion, sleek and glossy is the way to turn heads. Wear your bun mid-height—not too high and not too low—for a twist on this classic hairstyle.
Sometimes, it's the classic hairstyles that work best for parties and a bouncy blow-dry always looks good. Use a large barrel brush to create glamorous volume like Lizzo's style.
For me, there's something about a side-parting that instantly makes the most simple hairstyle look party-ready. Freddie's looks so amazing with her curly hair.
I love how Nina's party hairstyle is so simple yet so effective. Just brush your hair back into a low ponytail and add a few extra hairbands at varying points. Pull the hair out slightly in each section to create a bubbled effect.
To re-create Holly's retro hairstyle, use a large curling tong and brush the curls through afterwards for soft waves.
If you're keeping the rest of your hair simple like Monikh, then a statement headband like this double-height velvet one is the perfect way to create a hairstyle that will still turn heads.
If your hair is curly like ASOS Syana's, then pull a few coils free from a high ponytail to create a majorly glam party look.
J.Lo is the queen of the high ponytail, but I love how the flicked-up ends lend this simple style a bit of oomph.
Turns out that you don't need to spend loads on new hair accessories for party season. ASOS Lotte uses basic kirby grips to pin her centre-parted strands back with remarkably chic results.
A bright headband + braids = Ada's party-ready look.
Alexa's hair always looks good, but this slightly dishevelled bun has to be one of my favourite party hairstyles of 2019.
The ultimate French-girl party hairstyle as demonstrated by Adenorah: a centre-parted fringe, a half-up, half-down style and a velvet ribbon. Perfection.
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