8 sophisticated ways to wear side bangs that are sure to get you compliments

Beth | 10 August 2017

An ode to side bangs…💗


Believe us when we say that if you’re yet to discover the wonders of side bangs, you’re seriously missing out. Incorporating a fringe into your hairstyle can automatically overhaul your entire look, giving you an on-trend, seasonal update, all without having to do anything too dramatic to your hair.

Regardless of whether you’ve got short, long, curly or poker straight strands, bangs are pretty much universally flattering. And with stars like Reese Witherspoon and Penelope Cruz flying the flag for side-swept bangs, you know it’s worth trying!

So whether you’re a recent convert yourself or you’re still in need of a tad more convincing, click through our gallery of A-list looks, now. Who knows, you might just discover your next style!

8 ways to rock a side-swept fringe like the stars


actress reese witherspoon with blonde side bangs and curly hair
Channel your inner Elle Woods with Reese’s signature sideswept style. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

1. Reese Witherspoon’s layered look

Reese Witherspoon is one of the first people to come to mind when we think of side fringe bangs, as she’s been living the side-swept life since before her Legally Blonde days.

Her bombshell blonde layered lengths and diagonally cut fringe flatter her angular, heart-shaped face perfectly and we can’t imagine her any other way!

actress shailene woodley wearing a teal dress with brunette pixie cut hair
Who said short hair had to be boyish?! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

2. Shailene Woodley’s feminine pixie

Everyone and their mum seems to be going for the chop right now (we blame Cara and Kristen) but if you’re paranoid about looking too boyish, long side bangs are the perfect way to add a feminine twist to shorter cuts.

The Fault in our Stars‘ Shailene Woodley looks radiant with her cropped pixie cut, finishing off her style with one side tucked behind her ear and the other sweeping across her face. This typically androgynous cut has an undeniably feminine edge, which suits the star to a T!

VO5 Classic Styling Soft Moulding Wax

Editor’s tip: If you’re rocking a pixie like Shailene, and want to give side fringe bangs a try, a wax product like the VO5 Soft Moulding Wax will be key. This will help you to work your strands into your desired position and ensure it stays put all day.

actress keira knightley with brunette tousled hair and a short side fringe
Short but oh so sweet! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

3. Keira Knightley’s short side bangs

If low-maintenance is what you’re after, take your style inspo from Kiera Knightley, who pulls off short side bangs like nobody else.

Unlike longer side-swept fringe styles – which can require styling and may need to be touched up throughout the day – Kiera’s cute little fringe looks great just as it is, making this the ultimate carefree style.

actress cameron diaz on the red carpet with her hair in a side braid with long side bangs
Cameron is proof that even the simplest of hairstyles can look amazing with the addition of side bangs. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

4. Cameron Diaz’ long side bangs

Fine hair? Fret not, as side fringe bangs can actually help to add shape and dimension to finer hair types, as you can see from Cameron Diaz’ braided style, above.

By allowing her golden-blonde, long side bangs to hang freely, they add a lived-in, windswept effect to her neat braid and in turn giving the illusion of fuller locks.

actress penelope cruz with shoulder length hair and flicky side bangs
Swish and flick! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

5. Penelope Cruz’ flicked-out bangs

There’s nothing better than that fresh-out-the-salon blowdry swishiness, so how would you feel if we told you you could have that everyday? Sounds dreamy, right?

Well, simply take a leaf out of Penelope Cruz’s style files and book yourself in for some flicked-out side bangs. Long hair works great with this style as it emphasises and accentuates the face, but even if you’re rocking a shorter style, it’s a great way to liven up your look and add interest to simple cuts.

TRESemmé Ultimate Shine Hold Hairspray

Editor’s tip: To prevent your glam hair from falling flat, be sure to set your style with a strong-hold hairspray, such as the TRESemmé Ultimate Hold Hairspray.

This product is particularly good as it contains 24-hour humidity protection, which will work to stop any frizz or flyaways from destroying your blowout.

close up look of sarah hyland with side bangs wearing a dress
Jazz up your everyday pony with a statement fringe. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

6. Sarah Hyland’s side-parted bangs

Even if you’re someone who goes back to the same old hairstyles time and time again, side-swept bangs are still worth considering.

Modern Family‘s Sarah Hyland stunned on the red carpet, proving that even the most basic ponytail can work for a night out. All you need is faith, trust and a side swept fringe!

british actress gemma arterton with her dark brunette hair in an updo with side bangs
Gemma looks ultra classy with this glossy, retro-inspired style. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

7. Gemma Arterton’s beehive bangs

For a style that transcends the seasons, why not try out an Audrey Hepburn-inspired ’60s style? Bond girl Gemma Arterton added a modern day twist to her baby beehive with a side parting and complimentary side bangs, and it’s safe to say she totally pulled it off.

actress emma stone with shoulder length blonde hair and sweeping side bangs
Frame your face with feminine sweeping side bangs like Emma’s. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

8. Emma Stone’s Hollywood waves

Hollywood waves and long side bangs are one of the most well-loved hairstyle combos of all time. As you can see from Emma Stone‘s look, above, you don’t necessarily have to have long hair in order to pull off the look, just sultry side-sweeping bangs and some glossy, sculpted waves. Who’s ready to hit the red carpet?

TONI&GUY Finishing Shine Spray

Editor’s tip: For hair like a true Hollywood screen siren, treat your mane to an allover spritz of the Toni&Guy Finishing Shine SprayThis will give your strands some serious shine, while also taming any rogue flyaways for a picture-perfect finish.


So, what’s the verdict? Have we managed to convince you to trial the side bangs trend yourself? If you’re still not sure you can pull it off, you can always give our step-by-step faux bangs tutorial a try, so that you’re able to get a better idea of how they will look on you.

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