Formal hairstyles for short hair guaranteed to up your party hair game.
As we all know, ’tis the season to get together with loved ones and have a holly, jolly time. But if the sudden influx of party invites has made you realise that you’re severing lacking ideas for formal hairstyles for short hair, then you’ve come to the right place.
Pulling together some of our fave A-list styles, the All Things Hair team are here on hand to help get you through any occasion in style. So if you thought that your options for short formal hairstyles were limited, then simply keep scrolling for the best hairstyles to suit all your hair desires.
Formal short hairstyles: 12 celeb-approved looks to try
1. Olivia Culpo
The low bun is the hairstyle all the It girls are wearing this season. With a defined side parting and high-shine finish, this style would add the glam factor to any special night.
Editor’s tip: Use a little VO5 Wet Look Styling Gel to keep your parting defined and in place while also adding shine.
2. Rachel McAdams
If your hair is too short to get it all up into an updo, why not try a half-up, half-down style like Rachel McAdams?
Pinning back the top half of her blonde, bob-length hair with a metal hair clip, we love the way Rachel wore it with tousled waves and left the front section of her hair to fall forward into a sweeping side fringe.
3. Dua Lipa
Sometimes straight, smooth hair is all you need to make a statement – just look at Dua Lipa’s signature style. With her blunt cut and the chic way she’s tucked her hair back behind her ear, she’s total bob goals.
4. Maisie Williams
When it comes to looking for formal hairstyles for short hair, textured waves are a common theme as they add body and life to shorter styles.
5. Kate Mara
Whether you have a pixie cut or a bob, wet-look strands are a common theme among this season’s top short formal hairstyles. Seen on the likes of Zendaya and Margot Robbie, smoothed-back, wet-look styles like Kate Mara’s are a great way to style your short tresses for a formal occasion.
6. Laura Love
Whether it’s slogan slides or OTT embellishment, it’s all about the hair accessories this party season. We’d recommend keeping the rest of the hair soft and textured so that your statement accessories remain the focus.
7. Lucy Hale
Braided styles work for pretty much everyone, especially short-haired ladies. So if you’re looking for formal short hairstyles with a twist, it’s time to get acquainted with braided styles, like this headband braid seen on Lucy Hale.
Perfect for keeping pesky flyaways away from your face, headband braids are a great way for adding a boho vibe to your style.
Editor’s tip: Set your braids up for success by prepping your mane with the TONI&GUY Flexible Hold Braid Balm before styling. This will give your strands more texture and grip so that your braids last longer.
8. Allison Williams
Looking for last-minute formal hairstyles for short hair you can do in a flash? Allison Williams classy swept-back style is timeless and classic and the star headband adds an element of fun.
9. Lily Collins
Ready to up the glam factor this season? Want a style that is sure to turn heads wherever you go? Then look no further than Lily Collins’ curly bob.
Styling her brown tresses in a side parting, Lily added large bouncy curls to give her ‘do a picture-perfect finish, that has us all swooning! Discover how you can create this look at home using our vintage curls tutorial.
Editor’s tip: To nail these timeless and effortlessly-chic curls, try spritzing your mane with the VO5 Wave Creation Hairspray before and after styling, to ensure you have a look worthy of any red carpet!
10. Emma Watson
If you’re looking for a formal hairstyle for short hair that is romantic and effortless, then we adore Emma Watson’s braided crown hairstyle.
What we love most about this hairstyle is that whether you’re a braiding pro or a complete rookie, you can totally rock the look, as it doesn’t need to look too perfect. So embrace any braiding mishaps and utilise that natural texture!
11. Jennifer Lawrence
Take your next style cue from Jennifer Lawrence and rock a bunch of fresh (or faux) flowers in an undone updo. Either wear them in a crown for a Grecian look or place them at random for a boho-chic aesthetic. There really is no wrong way to rock them!
12. Emilia Clarke
Full of retro flair, Emilia’s pompadour updo is a great one for girls with a pixie cut. Quirkier than your average updo and full of volume and lift, it’ll take your cropped ‘do to whole new heights.