Unfussy, sexy hairstyles are the way to go when classes are in session. It’s all about perfecting that just-rolled-out-of-bed, second-day hair into something you can wear all day long and then transition to evening study sessions or (once you’re of age) having a pint at the local dive. But where do you get your inspiration from? Other girls on campus, recycling the same styles over and over? It’s time to put an end to all that.
We’ve got the best college-ready hair looks straight from the runway. All it takes are the tools you already have to look as casually chic as our favorite models in the biz. From Dolce & Gabbana to Marc Jacobs, Chloe and Suno, this is all the fall semester inspo you need for the perfect style every day and night.
Diane von Furstenberg
This is the classic messy high bun, and it's super easy. Just pull hair back tightly, twist into a bun, then dishevel by pulling out a few pieces and massaging with your fingers.
This Cavalli look proves the messy bun is perfect — high or low. To get that shine, feel free to liberally spray your pulled-back tresses with shine spray.
Of course, you can opt for messy all over by literally sleeping in your bun, then letting your hair run free. It's the ultimate get-up-and-go look.
Marc by Marc Jacobs
Black headband, middle part and braided pigtails equals a look that's a play on schoolgirl style. But as a young woman, it's totally cheeky and sexy.
Dolce & Gabbana
Perfect for short layers or bangs you're growing out. Pull hair back with the shorter front pieces hanging loose...
Dolce & Gabbana
...then braid and wrap into a loose, messy bun.
Front center part, with back crown tease optional. Leaving your long locks tucked into your turtleneck for a faux bob look that also says, "I'm way too cool to be fussy about my hair right now."
You can never go wrong...
...with a classic ponytail. Let Ralph Lauren be a reminder.
Classic pulled-back style from the front...
...super easy, ultra glam ponytail from behind. Section off with thin rubber bands, which takes all of five minutes.
When it comes to second (or third) day hair, the deep side part is your best friend. This is a go-to look the day after you've been wearing braids.
We know you took your flat iron with you, so don't forget to use it. When the style is fresh, it's so sleek.
And when it's less than fresh (as in you slept on it), it becomes ever-so-slightly wavy like this gorge Burberry look.
Another perfect way to extend style more than one day. Smallish braids before you go to bed at night will reveal this style when you take them out in the morning.
You're thinking, here's another simple middle ponytail. Well, you're almost right...
Still have that hair chalk or clip-in from Halloween? Consider this high-fashion permission to wear it out again sans holiday.
Could it be any simpler? We love the ultra deep side part, but a middle part will do, too. All you need is one barrette to add serious style to your tresses.