16 ways to style a bob

There’s no doubt, bobs are the haircut of 2019. Just ask beauty icons Reese WitherspoonLily JamesKaia Gerber and Natalie Portman who have all debuted new shorter styles this year.

From elegant to edgy, chic and cool, there are endless takes on the bob depending on how exactly it’s styled. Here, see 16 ways to wear yours – whether dressed up, slicked-back or undone with a modern texture.

Influencer Taylor LaShae has the best French bob on Instagram. The earlobe-length cut always reads chic but, as she demonstrates here, a simple headscarf, tied top and centre, adds some retro sass to the style.

These brushed-out Hollywood-worthy waves offer another retro take on styling a bob, but with more of a vintage vibe.

Sienna Miller inspires everyone everywhere to see bobs as versatile. One of our favourite ways she wore hers was with these baby braids twisted back from the front of her parting.

If your bob isn’t behaving from the front, add an accessory from behind. As influencer Marta Cygan proves, a Gucci slide can raise your hair game no end.

Flicked out ends are a tricky trend, but add a bold headband and the style feels cool, current and  entirely purposeful.

If your natural hair texture falls a bit flat of a full-bodied bob cut, know that perms are back. Available at forward-thinking salons like Hershesons, these modern permanent wave treatments look beautiful with shorter hair lengths, granting volume and a dose of cool.

If you find your bob can look a bit ‘mumsy’, try this take on it: side-parted, sleek and straight – as seen on Margot Robbie – looks cool while still feeling grown-up.

A wavy bob can be dressed up a notch with some simple hair accessories. Channel this look by adding multiple slides on one side of the hair, above the ear.

A half-up style is an easy way to feel like you’ve got an up-do with short hair. Double clips, placed in opposite directions, require minimum effort to keep hair secure while adding some interest.

A cool cut can carry a regal hair accessory, as actress Maya Hawke demonstrates. The key is to crown an effortless-looking bob with something girlie so it straddles that ‘done/undone’ line in the right way.

The bow trend is going nowhere, and this velvet version gives some exaggerated glamour to a simple bob, styled half-up.

For a sleek, minimal look, a wet-look finish adds some edge to a bob. Decide on your parting and tuck behind well-dressed ears for full effect.

Singer Dua Lipa, with her fierce blunt bob, is here to reinforce this notion.

Somehow, ’90s inspired space buns look infinitely chicer with a bob. Copy model Sanam Soofiani and wear your baby buns with black bows.

A small scarf, holding up a third of your hair, looks effortlessly elegant. You can easily update this look for different styles and seasons with varying prints and materials.

Sometimes less is more. Here a cool cut and vibrant colour do all the talking.