3 Fresh Ways To Wear A Middle Part

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With side bangs sweeping foreheads across the country for the last few years, the middle part has been neglected. But it looks like the fall '13 shows are determined to bring the '70s part back.

While wearing a center part can draw heightened attention to features and face shapes, there is a way to make this partition flattering for all. Proof? These pretty runway looks from Valentino, Rodarte, and Jason Wu. The elegance is in how simple these styles are, which means you can recreate them without any backstage assistance. Changing your look can be as simple as switching up your part — these three of-the-moment hairstyles may convince you.
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Valentino shows how arresting a simple side braid can be when worn with a middle part. If you don’t have naturally voluptuous locks (like myself!), add clip-on extensions to give some heft to your plait. Valentino finished the simple style with a wide, black leather band, tucked over the ears for a "monastic" touch. Try American Apparel's Leather Bands, which come in a variety of colors.

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For something more bohemian, check out the Mulleavy sisters’ Rodarte look, which was achieved by creating cool, undone texture. Use a two-inch curling iron to create loose waves through your hair, then brush everything out for a more undone finish. To add some edge, try a headband, like the barbed-wire ones that were used in the show. I’m a major fan of Jennifer Behr’s delicate gold crown.

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If you want to keep your hair off your neck, or you need a quick and easy updo that's chic enough for a formal affair, try Jason Wu’s chignon. From ear to ear, separate your crown hair from the rest, and pin it out of the way. Divide the remaining hair in three vertical sections, criss-crossing the sections of hair over each other before securing everything into a tucked-under chignon. Then, divide the front section of hair into a center part, combing them around and under the existing chignon. Fastening with a slick barrette, like Goody's classic rounded barrettes.

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