The shoulder length bob: a mid-length alternative

We’ve seen a number of top models in recent moths chopping of their hair and stepping out with chin-length bob hairstyles, prompting us to agree that the bob should sit amoung the list of covetable 2013 hair trends. Of course, that’s not to say a bob is for everyone. Far from.

If you do want to brave a bob for the first time, or return to one this year, do consider that there are a few options in terms of length. One such option is a long bob, or shoulder-length bob.

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Longer bob: Valerija Kelava for Woolmark.

Shoulder length hair: the bob alternative in 2013.

By definition a bob is short and relatively blunt, but as for the exact length – that’s open to interpretation. If you’re not game to go for an ultra-short flapper style bob, or even a chin-length one, then here’s another option for 2013: the shoulder length bob.

Taking the style of the bob but adding some extra length, a shoulder-length cut with blunt edges gives off a bob vibe without taking off too much length.

But how to style it?

Shoulder length bob without bangs

Any kind of bob is a statement in and of itself: crisp, clean, sophisticated… So even without the addition of any extras – like bangs – you can have a beautiful style that sits well when worn out.

If the hair sits just longer than the shoulders, one great style is to let it flick up a little at the ends. A bit of body and bounce, and you’ve got a hint of retro flair seeping into your look. A perfect example is style blogger Doina Ciobanu, who recently swapped to a shoulder-length bob that sits beautifully when side-swept and curled up gently at the ends. To get this kind of perfect styling you can use either a round brush and blowdryer, or some hot rollers.

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Style blogger Doina Ciobanu with a shoulder-length bob hairstyle

Of course, if your hair is naturally curly there’s more work involved in achieving this style so be prepared to do some blow-drying and/or straightening, or to rock some messy waves.

Long bob with bangs

You may have noticed plenty of models and celebrities are again returning to hairstyles with bangs. A fringe / bangs is one great way of keeping a mid-length hairstyle interesting. It could be a more wispy style (like Anja Rubik’s, below), or even better, a set of thick, blunt bangs to match with your blunt-cut shoulder-length bob.

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Anja Rubik in Elle UK, Febuary 2013

For more takes on the bob and how to style it, visit our bob hairstyles page at that link.

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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.