It seems odd to describe a particular hair parting as ‘in’ – day to day most women will part their hair to suit the way it falls naturally or to compliment the hairstyle that was imparted to them upon their last visit to a hair salon. In a world of ‘whatever works best’, centre-parts rule. But for those of us for whom fashion is part of who we are, ‘whatever works best’ isn’t good enough. If you’re in such fashionable company, it’s likely that you don’t follow fashion trends but rather understand them, appreciate them, accept them or reject them and, if it’s the former, personalise them and make them an extension of your own individual style.
Style is what it boils down to. Statements too. And when it comes to making a statement of 2013′s hairstyles, particularly spring 2013′s hair trends, it’s going to be hard to overlook the side-part. It’s captured the imagination of catwalk stylists, hair stylists, us. Ff you read on after the break, it’s likely that it’ll also capture your imagination and find its way into your life when you next want to make a statement (isn’t a fashioniser always?).
After the break you’ll find all the inspiration you need to include the side part amongst your hairstyle repertoire now and through 2013. If you’d like to keep up to date with all the latest styles and trends throughout the year, you can sign up to Fashionising.com’s newsletter or like us on Facebook.
Side parted hairstyles.
Wear it left, right, up, down, wet, dry, when you’re in a hurry or taking your time… Wear it if you have short hair or long hair. It matters not. The side part is not only 2013′s statement parting, it’s also its universal one. It goes without saying that if you have hair, you can part it to the side – even the tightest of curls will be receptive to a side part provided the right hair product is used. But as universal as this parting is, 2013′s take on it isn’t about just any side part. It is, instead, about a few standout hairstyles. Read on for a guide to each of them, along with how to guides for a variety of women’s side part hairstyles.
Ask someone what a deep side part is and you’re likely to get back one of two answers. Some will tell you it’s a part that sits low and is closer to the ear than it is to the centre of the head. Others will tell you that it’s a part so sharp and obvious that it almost looks like a line has been shaved into the person’s hair. Deep, it seems, is an ambiguous term. So ambiguous that Marc Jacobs’ spring 2013 catwalk fused both interpretations of the deep side part. While working it with everything from an androgynous edge through to a 60s inspired one (see above), Jacobs’ catwalk single-handedly helped secure the deep side part a spot amongst 2013′s hair trends when the parting was paired with Ruby Jean Wilson’s newly platinum blonde hair colour.
Deep side part with long, blonde hair.
But the influence of Jacobs doesn’t prevent the deep side part from working for either interpretation. Of the two, the sharp side part is the undoubtedly most popular. You could say that’s because it’s the easiest of the two to style, but in truth it’s because it gives you more styling options. On the catwalks Lacoste interpreted the deep side part with a soft feel that lived up to their ethos, Band of Outsiders had similar ideas though favoured waves over the sleek, Suno went for a wet-not-quite-rockabilly version, while both Jason Wu and Rachel Comey kept it tight and sexually ambiguous. In creating a look for Richard Chai Love, hair stylist Kevin Ryan got rather creative, offering up not one but two deep side parts in the single hairstyle and finished it all off with a low ponytail.
Side part and braid.
If, however, you want to see just how perfect the deep side part can be in 2013, look no further than Hervé Léger’s spring 2013 catwalk hairstyle. Here the deep side part was at times styled with a wet look finish, but it was the back-braid that perfected the look and yet still allowed this perfected deep side part to work for short and long hair. You can a better look at the braided deep side part by looking at our photos from backstage at Herve Leger spring 2013.
The soft side part
At the sumptuous end, there can be a real art to the deep side braid. At the other end of the spectrum is the obvious fact that effort was involved. That’s not a bad thing, but sometimes a nonchalant attitude is the order of the day. That’s where the soft side part comes in.
Soft side part at DKNY.
It was stylist Eugene Souleiman’s work for DKNY’s spring 2013 showing that nailed the soft side part. Perfectly balanced and working in a toned-down hair tuck, everything about DKNY’s side part, right down to the fly-away hair, says soft and says relaxed. You can find a full how to guide for this particular soft side part by following that link. Inspiration for similar looks can also be drawn from Lanvin’s spring 2013 catwalk along with both Philosophy Di Alberta Ferretti’s and Derek Lam’s showings where straightened looks kept a soft, casual vibe.
Voluminous side part.
Take one side part, just add volume.
1960s inspired side part hairstyle.
That’s effectively the case here as a deep side part comes into play with volume. Naturally it’s impossible to overlook the influence of Marc Jacobs’ Edie Sedgwick inspired look. Complimenting Jacobs’ spring 2013 collection was a hairstyle whose roots were treated with a volume spray and whose hair was blow-dried straight before being teased to 1960s proportions.
Across your forehead.
The side part provides an alternative to the dominance of a fringe / bangs, with the length of the hair sweeping across the forehead and the shorter part tucking behind the ear.
Side swept side part hairstyle.
For 2013, Akris gave the forehead sweep a soft finish mixing a slick crown and ponytail with hair left loose at the fringe while Band of Outsiders opted for a far more textured finish. Last year, J. Mendel’s showing used the style to great effect with TIGI hairstylist Paul Hanlon creating a look that interpreted the part with a thoroughly modern haistyle of texture, waves and shiny, though not wet, product. When you look at the pictures you’ll see it’s a style that is visually stronger for those with long hair, though not without its appeal for those with a below-the-chin bob ala Arizona Muse.
Messy side part.
You don’t need a ‘how to’ for the side part in general, with J. Mendel’s 70s interpretation, however, some pointers won’t go astray. Note that if you want to create a slick or wet take on the style, you can find more tips and how-to steps at our wet look hair trend guide.
To get J. Mendel’s runway look:
- First spray the hair with a sea salt spray, then crete a low side part. Tuck the smaller section behind the ear.
- Liberally spray the front of the hair with hair spray then blast it with a hairdryer. The side-part that covers the face should be super stiff and a little textured.
- At J. Mendel, the hair team used the trick of pulling a net over the hair and spraying it with more hairspray to really stick down the hair.
Side part how to styling guides and tips.
Calvin Klein’s spring 2013 catwalk offered up an interpretation of the deep side part that dropped the sleek in favour of texture from the roots. If you’re after a deep side part for textured, long hair, read our textured side part guide.
If you want an effortless interpretation of the side part in summer 2013, then look no further than DKNY’s elegant yet effortless interpretation. A version of the side part that leaves room for volume and texture, you can see the 6 steps to making it your own by reading our how-to guide to the natural side part.
It’s stopped being a trend and become something of an evergreen hairstyle, and it’s certainly worth your time. The thick-hair beauty of the side braid makes perfect use of the deep side part.
If you have short hair that is either straight or wavy, take a look at the Mod bob; its 60s vibe can easily be toned if it’s not your thing.
The soft side part gets a dose of evening glamour with Sonia Rykiel’s mix of a 40s and 70s look. Read about this interoperation of a side part with waves and volume for a full how to guide.
Something of an updo, this is certainly an ‘event’ look. That event is probably going to be a wedding or something else where one is suitably dressed to the nines. If you’re in need of such a look than the chignon with waves and a deep side part might be on the cards.
Side part: earlier interpretations.
The side part isn’t a completely new hair trend for 2013, instead it takes it queues from 2012′s hair trends. You can do the same with the following interpretations, which we’ve edited to only include interpretations relevant to winter 2012 and all of 2013.
Slick, wet, tight.
This is one interpretation of the side part that is less dependent on your hair and more dependent on your face shape. Tightly slicked inline with the wet hair trend, this sharp parting has a masculine quality and works with everything from a short cut (think the 30s / 70s revival) through to longer locks. Custo Barcelona worked with the latter on their catwalk, working a copious quantity of gel into the hair to give a head turning factor to an otherwise simple, androgynous hairstyle. At the rear they styled each model’s long hair / hair extensions into a sleek pony tail.
If the wet look is too much for you, Tibi worked with a similar shape at their spring / summer showing filling the void left behind by the wet look’s removal with a rear clip.
Tight sides, long back.
If hairstyles that feature an obvious use of product aren’t your thing then tigher sides with a flowing back may be an option. Tucking the hair behind both ears, Lela Rose’s spring 2012 showing complimented the side part with light texture and a hairline twist. It’s that twist that is the eye catching detail for this particular interpretation – it starts at the side part, is worked across hairline, along the side of the head, before being pinned at the rear.
If you’re short on time or desire to style a hair twist, Kérastase hairstylist Odile Gilbert created a windswept style for Phillip Lim that may prove a good alternative. Varying the hairline, Gilbert’s variation depends on a messy, rear double knot for its detail.
With the slow return of 1920s inspired fashion to prominance, you can be sure that the era’s hairstyles will again be equally as popular. Which means that a number of takes on the flapper bob will be popular. While the flapper bob works with a centre part, those with fine hair will turn again to the centre part.
Straight and elegant.
If the side parting that’s worn long at the back and tight on the sides has a casual air, then it’s safe to say that this take on the style is wholly elegant albeit potentially limited to being paired with eventwear and worn to said events. Jenny Packham’s last showing offered up the look; it’s certainly not revolutionary, but it’s here for what it’s worth.