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HOW TO: Instantly Spring Up Your Look

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With festival season only days away, we're about to see a whole lot of flower crowns all over Instagram. But here's another way to incorporate blooms into your beauty routine that has nothing to do with crocheted tops or backstage passes. At Rosie Assoulin's fall 2015 show, hairstylists parted the models' hair either in the middle or slightly off to one side and tucked the hair on the left side behind the ear. The exposed lobe was topped with an oversize flower earring. So large, in fact, that it could almost be mistaken for a flower clipped into the hair. The effect was at once feminine and cool, evoking a sort of vintage glamour—women like Billie Holiday, Hedy Lamarr, and Josephine Baker—but in a thoroughly modern way. And although it was technically for Assoulin's fall show, it is a look that screams "spring."

 

The trick to not looking like you've forgotten what era you live in—or like you're headed to a luau—is all in the hair texture. This isn't the time for major volume or perfect waves. You want your hair to feel easy and laid-back to counterbalance the ladylike quality of the earring. If your hair is that perfect not-too-wavy, not-too-straight texture, then just leave it alone. Same goes if your hair is crazy-curly. If it's stick straight, however, you'll need some help. Loosely wrap big sections around a one-inch curling iron and brush through the waves with your fingers, spraying it with some texturizing spray, to add some hold and keep it from looking too shiny. Tuck your hair behind one ear, put on the earring and you'll be ready to step out this spring in style.

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