Proof That French Braids Are Always A Good Idea For Summer

There are few hairstyles as romantic as a French braid. The right over-under plait begs to be styled with a floral maxi dress, worn while you're barefoot in the grass on a warm Saturday evening, watching the sunset with a glass of rosé — or at least dreaming of such a scenario wherever you are.

If you're inspired to bring a variation of the lost-but-not-forgotten French braid back into your look — while you have plenty of time to practice — you'll find endless inspiration in the guide, ahead. From polished updo accents to the beachy boho milkmaid vibe, click on for the French braid looks we're inspired to try for summer 2020 — any of which will get you to that idyllic summer night as fast as your arm muscles allow.

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Beyoncé


Instead of a straight-down-the-back French braid, consider a smaller hairline accent, like Beyoncé.
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Dania Ramirez


Actress Dania Ramirez proves that a milkmaid braid with a few strands left out is equal parts effortless and delicate.
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Fan Bingbing


If you're a pro-level braider, try a double-stranded French braid inspired by actress Fan Bingbing.
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Gugu Mbatha-Raw


The stunning English actress wears a French braid in an elevated updo.
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Blake Lively


If there's one celeb who loves a French braid, it's Blake Lively. She's worn them every which way, but here she shows how to weave one into a messy low bun, a summer-perfect style to wear to any occasion — even if this summer, it's just a long walk around the block.
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Teyonah Parris


Actress Teyonah Parris twisted her box braids into a gorgeous side braid, only made more elegant by those delicate white floral accents.
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Cheryl Cole


If French braids feel more campy than your aesthetic, allow us to introduce you to this loose, glossy version worn by Cheryl Cole in Cannes.
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Cara Delevingne


For one of the simplest ways to style a French braid, especially if you have lots of layers, make like Cara Delevingne and start with a heavy side part. Wind the braid from above one ear around to your other shoulder, leaving out a few pieces or a heavy side bang to keep it looking casual.
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Regina King


If you want to dress up your French braid for an evening event, find inspiration in this close-up profile shot of Regina King. Here, her side braid travels behind her ear and ends in beautiful side-swept curls.
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Salma Hayek


Show off your neck — and a pair of diamond-and-emerald earrings that probably require their own security — with a sleek crown braid à la Salma Hayek.
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Zoe Saldana


Saldana offers further inspiration for how to weave a crown braid into a timeless and flattering updo.
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Amber Heard


Who needs expensive headbands when you have opposable thumbs to weave a bitty French braid accent into your hair?
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Lucy Boynton


While visiting Deauville, Boyton was the picture of Parisian romance with a boho milkmaid braid and a peach gown.
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La La Anthony


The reverse braid is tricky, but if you have the dexterity to begin your three-strand style from the nape of your neck, the spiral makes for the prettiest topknot.
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Julianne Hough


Julianne Hough is also a fan of the reverse braid, which is a great way of catching those tiny under-layers if you have a bob or lob.
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Kate Bosworth


The ever-romantic Kate Bosworth makes a case for the classic milkmaid crown braid, worn with pastel florals and a pretty pink lip.
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