6 Classic Hairstyles That Never Go Out of Style

While we pride ourselves on being ahead of the curve when it comes to the latest hair trends, there's something to be said for forgetting about what's cool and embracing the classics. Especially when it comes to hair, the mix of trending haircuts and celebs undergoing major transformations can make visiting the hair salon feel like you're about to sit an exam. After all, what if you go for a daring new chop only to regret it a couple of weeks later? To help, I've done a little research into the hairstyles that have stood the test of time, and I've come up with an edit of five that always look timeless. From Alexa Chung's bob to Jennifer Aniston's long, layered locks, some tried-and-tested formulas never seem to go out of style.

Classic Hairstyles: Alexa Chung has a hairstyle that will never go out of fashion



Keep scrolling to learn about the six styles and for plenty of inspiration from the celebrities and fashion people who wear them best. You can thank me next time you're at the hairdresser.

1. The Bob

I'm not sure that there could actually be a style more classic than a bob. Always elegant and decidedly chic, this simple hairstyle is made famous by A-listers such as Anna Wintour and Alexa Chung. Yes, it does require a bit of upkeep, as you'll need to get your hair trimmed every four to six weeks, but you'll always look polished and pulled together with this classic hairstyle—whether you wear it tousled, straight or blow-dried for extra volume.

Kim Kardashian
Classic Hairstyles: Kim Kardashian West with bob hairstyle



Carey Mulligan
Classic Hairstyles: Carey Mulligan with bob hairstyle


Jourdan Dunn
Classic Hairstyles: Jourdan Dunn with bob hairstyle



Brittany Bathgate
Classic Hairstyles: Brittany Bathgate with bob hairstyle



Alexa Chung
Classic Hairstyles: Alexa Chung with bob hairstyle



Fearne Cotton
Classic Hairstyles: Fearne Cotton with bob hairstyle



Shop bob hair essentials:

The original and best styling iron for creating waves, curls and sleek, straight strands.

Apply to the ends of your hair to keep blunt bobs looking healthy and glossy.

This texture mist is great at giving effortless movement and texture to blunt or choppy bobs. It also smells like a super-expensive niche perfume.

2. Long and Layered

Celebs such as Jennifer Aniston and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley have embraced a long, layered hairstyle, which is definitely one for people who are glam at heart. It's the layers that are key here and prevent the look from dating. One-length, center-parted strands tend to look a little '90s, but adding different lengths into the mix adds volume and texture to your style.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
Classic Hairstyles: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley with long and layered hairstyle



Monikh Dale
Classic Hairstyles: Monikh Dale with long and layered hairstyle



Classic Hairstyles: Beyoncé with long and layered hairstyle



Nnenna Echem
Classic Hairstyles: Nnenna Echem with long and layered hairstyle



Emily Ratajkowski
Classic Hairstyles: Emily Ratajkowski with long and layered hairstyle



Jennifer Aniston
Classic Hairstyles: Jennifer Aniston with long and layered hairstyle



Shop long and layered hair essentials:

Not only does this hair spray provide lift, hold, and lived-in texture, but it also absorbs excess oil.

Keep longer strands in tip-top condition with this nourishing duo.

Enriched with keratin, vitamins, and castor oil, this strengthening hair treatment rivals some of its more expensive counterparts. 

3. Feathery Fringe

I'm not talking about a micro fringe or blunt bangs here. The secret to making a fringe look timeless is to go for piecey strands that look like you might have woken up like that (in a good way, of course). Trust me—a fringe needs some serious styling to make sure that it always looks good, but if you're up for a challenge, then a feathery fringe will always look cool.

Elizabeth Olsen
Classic Hairstyles: Elizabeth Olsen with feathery fringe hairstyle



Alyssa Coscarelli
Classic Hairstyles: Alyssa Coscarelli with feathery fringe hairstyle



Classic Hairstyles: Zendaya with feathery fringe hairstyle



Suki Waterhouse
Classic Hairstyles: Suki Waterhouse with feathery fringe hairstyle



Emma Stone
Classic Hairstyles: Emma Stone with feathery fringe hairstyle



Shop feathery fringe hair essentials:

Unless you want to wash your hair every day, dry shampoo is a fringe must-have!

Trust me—always blow-dry your fringe after washing it to lock in your style. 

Keep your fringe feathery and prevent flyaways with this handy styling duo.

4. Wavy Lob

More low-maintenance than a bob, a lob is a one-length cut that sits at shoulder height and looks good on everybody. Even if you have naturally straight hair, wearing it slightly tousled or with beachy waves keeps the lob looking modern and relaxed.

Margot Robbie
Classic Hairstyles: Margot Robbie with wavy lob hairstyle



Hailey Bieber
Classic Hairstyles: Hailey Bieber with wavy lob hairstyle



Kerry Washington
Classic Hairstyles: Kerry Washington with wavy lob hairstyle



Lily James
Classic Hairstyles: Lily James with wavy lob hairstyle



Mila Kunis
Classic Hairstyles: Mila Kunis with wavy lob hairstyle



Shop wavy lob hair essentials:

Apply this weightless foam to damp hair to add artfully dishevelled definition.

It couldn't be easier to create easy, breezy waves for your lob with this heat tool.

This multipurpose hair product is an essential in every hairstyling kit—use it to add texture, smooth flyaways, boost shine, and add definition.

5. Pixie Cut

While a pixie cut is definitely a hairstyle for the brave, this is a style that you really can't pin down to any one era or time. It's utterly timeless, always chic, and seriously stylish. One for fashion people with attitude.

Zoë Kravitz
Classic Hairstyles: Zoe Kravitz with pixie cut



Ellie Nesmon
Classic Hairstyles: Ellie Nesmon with pixie cut



Emilia Clarke
Classic Hairstyles: Emilia Clarke with pixie cut



Jada Pinkett Smith
Classic Hairstyles: Jada Pinkett Smith with pixie cut



Shop pixie cut essentials:

Warm a little of this pliable pomade between your fingertips before working it through your hair to add texture and definition. 

Remove product buildup and flaky skin with this gently exfoliating pre-wash scalp treatment.

6. Center Parting With No Layers

Simple, sophisticated, forever cool, and ideal for those with naturally straight or thin hair, the center part symmetrically frames the face, while the lack of layers means it requires minimal styling time. It also works beautifully when paired with a soft wave.

Charithra Chandran
Classic Hairstyles: Kristen Bell with Centre Parting No Layers


Kristen Bell
Classic Hairstyles: Kristen Bell with Centre Parting No Layers


Tia Ward
Classic Hairstyles: Tia Ward with Centre Parting No Layers


Anya Taylor-Joy
Classic Hairstyles: Anya Taylor-Joy with Centre Parting No Layers


Shop center parting essentials:

If you're styling this haircut poker straight, level up with a smoothing serum that will enhance shine, tame flyaways, define curls and waves, and minimize static.

Once you have a tool like this one, you'll forget how you ever coped without it.

Keep your parting sharp with this long-tail comb.

This post originally appeared on Who What Wear UK. Up Next: The Products That Secretly Sabotage Wavy Hair and What to Use Instead.