5 braided hairstyles to try this week

The beauty of braids and plaits is that they require very little. At their most basic, you can create near endless hairstyle variations without necessarily needing curlers or straighteners or masses of product: just a little bit of inventiveness. Braids can feel youthful or traditional, casual or formal. It all comes down to the style you choose.

From the milkmaid braid to the fishplait, braided buns to snake braids, here are 5 braided hairstyles to try this week.

Watch the video tutorials after the break.

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A classic milkmaid braid – with or without a fabric strip.

An unusual take on the usual plait: the ‘snake’ braid.

How to create a fish plait / fishtail braid.

Upside down french braided bun.

Half-up, half-down fishtail braid hairstyle inspired by Gossip Girl.

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.