Trends can sweep in as if on an unstoppable avalanche, changing the landscape entirely (until they run their cycle); such is what the fringe (bangs) did back in 2007. But it doesn’t have to end there. Some can drift on, lingering, having smaller bursts of renewed vigor. That’s what the fringe has done – and this year it stays on as a 2013 hairstyle of choice.

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Fringe hairstyles: Valerija Kelava for Woolmark, Karlie Kloss in US Vogue January 2013, Siobhan by Milos

The fringe: how has it changed?

So the number one question you may be asking is, if the fringe never really went away, how has it changed for 2013? The answer is, it hasn’t really. It’s still best worn thick, blunt, and long (sweeping the top of the eyes preferably). And it’s still best worn in one of the following ways:

  • with a messy, textured, neo-bohemian, grungy edge (see the indie fringe)
  • with an aura of ’60s sex-kitten nonchalance (think Francoise Hardy or Jane Birkin)
  • swept haphazardly with a little peek-a-boo curtain a la Brigitte Bardot

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Indie bangs: Michelle Steeper photographed by Kelly Deinfa for

Hair cuts to wear with a fringe

The bob with bangs

When we talk about fringed bobs its easy to think of 1920s style cuts like the Louise Brooks. But while 1920s fashion has been on and off the trend map, short sharp flapper cuts are not on top of the list this year. Instead it’s about an adaptable bob cut that can be styled in any number of ways, from a modern effortless look to a ’60s mod bob.

For 2013 the biggest trend for bangs is to pair them with a chin-length or shoulder-length bob. Models like Karlie Kloss and Edie Campbell have already made the dramatic change to bobbed hairstyles with bangs, with modern, slightly choppy and textured styles.

Read more about bob hairstyles in 2013 at that link.

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Model Edie Campbell sporting a fringed bob

Long hair with bangs

This rather goes without saying: bangs are perfect for hair shoulder length or longer, particularly when hair is naturally straight or with a slight wave. So while the bob is the most on-trend pairing for a fringe in 2013, long hair with bangs is still a style to opt for if you don’t want to go for an all-over shorter hairstyle.

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Siobhan @ eMg Models photographed by Milos, hair & makeup by Priscilla Rasjid

Suitable hair colours for fringes / bangs

There’s no real rules here, the fringe is more about face shape and hair type than hair colour. Any colour from black to red to blonde will work with 2013’s blunt bangs.

Other fringed hairstyles

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Faux bangs

Here’s one for those wanting to experiment with bangs, without the need for scissors. On the runway at Prada models sported a fringe-style hairdo that was created by twisting hair up and sweeping it forwards over the forehead. You’ll need length to your hair to create it, but it’s simple enough if you do. Follow the how-to guide on creating Prada’s faux bangs for yourself.


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