Everybody Loves the Bob!
- It-girl Peaches Geldof demonstrates how soft and feminine the bob haircut can look
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The bob always looks great, is convenient, easy to maintain and definitely in style. No, we are not talking about the perfect spouse but about the arguably most casual hair style on this planet. The bob haircut can’t be beat!
It all started in the 1920s. Women around the globe were fed up with the demands of stereotypical 'femininity'. In a first wave of deliberate non-conformance women cut their long hair short if only because it was considered ‘unwomanly’ at the time. Ideally, the hair was cut off at earlobe level. Add to this accurately cut straight fringes and you have the prototype of the bob. In those early days, the bob was more likely called 'garcon cut', i.e. 'boy cut'. Of course, short hair does not necessarily take the feminine charm out of a woman as many stars and icons of that time demonstrated, among them fashion icon Coco Chanel und the silent movie star Louise Brooks. Both made a splash as well as a statement with their style – and they did not give up one scintilla of their femininity.
Good things can’t be suppressed for long. In the 1960s the bob did not just come back in style but soon dominated the scene. That was easy to understand. Women in the 1960s spent a lot of time and effort giving their water waves just the right orderly look. By contrast, the bob did not make such excessive demands on the women who dared wearing it. The bob was easy to style, easy to maintain and did not require elaborate techniques.
Designers and Stars Love the Bob Haircut
To this day, ease of wear is one of the bob’s best and most appreciated features. Clare Waight Keller, designer for the fashion house Chloé, had the models wear the trendy bob haircut to complement the 2012 spring/summer collection, to name just one of many designers. Many celebrities followed in her footsteps. Women are still eager to hand in their long hair for the more convenient half-long or even short bob haircut. Among them are well-known personalities like actress Keira Knightley who likes to combine her bob haircut with soft waves. Agyness Deyn uses the bob haircut as a stylish solution for the transition from her previous boy cut. Of course, Anna Wintour’s classic bob haircut almost belongs to her personality.
The bob’s best feature is that it flatters every woman whether her hair is straight, wavy or curly. There are many good things to be said about the bob. You may not like the original straight haircut with the chin-long hair and the straight fringes. Not to worry, different from the 1960s, there are now many bob haircut variations. You may decide to vary the length or layer your hair. Aside from the classic bob, there are now also long, short and layered bobs with or without fringes, or with straight or unevenly cut fringes.
Below, you find images of stars wearing a bob haircut and some styling tips. We hope you enjoy our gallery!