Try pulling your hair back into a simple bun—whether it’s super curly or pin straight, a bun always looks chic and pulled together—and perfect for a brunch or family event. Extra points for making the bun a little wispy: it’s subtly sexy. Got short hair? Clip in a pretty hair pin or two like these.
To get my hair to look like this (simplest directions ever), I gathered it up high and twisted the length of the ponytail in a tight spiral before wrapping and pinning it to my head with bobby pins. I gently loosened the bun and used a light-hold hairspray to set it.
The rest of the look is a mix of the edgy/fun and sophisticated. The point is to make it your own. Wear pieces that make you feel comfortable, that are very you, like cute oxfords and patterned pants. Then for the going-out later, add a cool jacket and a funny t-shirt. If you want to keep things simple, switch out the leather jacket for a blazer or cardigan.
Add a small bag that you don’t have to hold—and you’re set.
Photos by Tom Schelling.