Trends can sweep in as if on an unstoppable avalanche, changing the landscape entirely (until they run their cycle). 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 2015 / 2016 hairstyle of choice.

Blunt and thick, or cut rather soft and wispy, a new set of bangs makes it easy for you to hit the refresh button on any hair length and colour. On the runway, the fringe took on many guises, spanning in between the edged-up grunge, the sexified retro and the sweet, girly-like innocence. Below, a look at the best fringed hairstyles for the season, complete with a perfect dose of visual inspiration.

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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 2015? And the answer is, in many ways. Aside from borrowing from the 1970s and going through an entire palette of moods in just this one season, the fringe is also torn in between looking soft and sweeping the eyes, or blunt and hitting super short.

fringe bangs styles for 2015
Lara Stone and Freja Beha for W Magazine, November 2015

If you consider sporting the fringe that’s thick, blunt, long, and sweeping the top of the eyes, you may want to do it in one of the following ways:

  • with a messy, textured, neo-bohemian edge, effortlessly teased and perhaps set to accompany equally natural and soft-looking waves;

fringe bangs styles for 2015
Messy bangs at Bottega Veneta, F/W ’15

  • with an aura of ’70s sex-kitten nonchalance ((think Francoise Hardy or Jane Birkin), perfected with bedhead texture and volume at the top;

fringe bangs styles for 2015
Retro bangs at Felder Felder, F/W ’15

  • swept haphazardly to the side, with a little peek-a-boo curtain brushing off the eyes and an overall laid-back feel setting its tone;

fringe bangs styles for 2015
Side-swept bangs at Tory Burch, F/W ’15

  • with an innocent, girly-like sweetness, looking both messy and shuffled, but feeling half geeky, half sultry;

fringe bangs styles for 2015
Sweet, child-like bangs at Gucci, F/W ’15

  • highly personalized, with uneven edges and rough strands of hair aiming to form an unconventional set of rocking bangs.

fringe bangs styles for 2015
Personalized bangs at Rebecca Minkoff, F/W’ 15

For 2015 and way into 2016, the fringe can also be worn short and blunt, cut straight across the forehead, or chopped up in to game-changing shapes. The short bangs are best worn:

  • with an all encompassing Gothic feel, juxtaposed to an equally blunt bob, or to straight, glossy, long strands of hair;

fringe bangs styles for 2015
Short bangs with Gothic feel at Saint Laurent, F/W ’15

  • with a wet-like texture and an uneven trim in styles defined by a cool, grunged-up edge;

fringe bangs styles for 2015
Grungy bangs at Alexander Wang, F/W ’15

  • chopped super-short for a minimal, punk look that can also be made feminine and rendered complete with a perfect bedhead, or a sexy half-up bouffant;

fringe bangs styles for 2015
Chopped bangs at Holly Fulton, F/W ’15

Hairstyles to wear with a fringe

Hair tucked-in.

When we talk about fringed hairstyles perhaps it’s easiest to conjure up the image of a slick, easy look built on straight locks of varying lengths, but there’s more to sporting the fringe than your basic polished haircut.

For the 2015 / 2016 season, the biggest trend for bangs is to pair them with, or incorporate them into hairstyles just as cool-looking and diverse. One such example is the tucked-in hair, that aside from being just perfect in a season defined by high collars and cozy turtlenecks, looks even more beautiful when topped off with a blunt set of sweeping bangs.

fringe bangs styles for 2015
Hair tucked-in at Giambattista Valli, F/W ’15

Curly bob.

If your hair is naturally curly, or you just happen to love styling your locks with pretty curls, don’t think twice about adding a fringe to the mix. Short or long, a curly bob + bangs mix makes for a darling change-of-look for the season, as spotted at Blugirl.

fringe bangs styles for 2015
Curly bob with fringes at Blugirl, F/W ’15

Chignon with wet-like bangs.

Just like the fashionable kiss-curls, a set of short, uneven bangs can easily be made to look right on trend if swept haphazardly across the forehead and gelled into a statement; a chic chignon is sure to add the ladylike factor to this decidedly cool hairstyle.

fringe bangs styles for 2015
Wet-hair fringes at Vera Wang, F/W ’15

Faux fringes.

If you’re not ready to commit to a set of bangs but you do love a good fringe look, there are plenty of ways to achieve the style without going for the ultimate cut.

You can borrow inspiration from Nanette Lepore, where the posh rebel rocked faux boyish haircuts featuring an edgy texture and a sleek finish, complemented by equally sleek-looking faux fringes.

fringe bangs styles for 2015
Faux fringe at Nanette Lepore, F/W ’15

Or, take the easier route and do like Eugene Souleiman – the hair guru responsible for the striking faux fringes spotted at Tsumori Chisato – and roll the lengths of your hair into a set of sexy, retro mock bangs:

fringe bangs styles for 2015
Faux fringes at Tsumori Chisato, F/W ’15

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.

Main image: center via Patricia Manfield on Instagram.

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