The top knot's time is over; meet your new go-to style

We've all loved the ease of scraping our hair up into a messy bun - it took two seconds, solved bad hair days and was the styling equivalent of dry shampoo - no time to wash your hair? A top knot took care of that. But convenience aside, its appeal was waning - and clearly we're not the only ones ready for a change. The Fashion Week runways have been dominated by one very clear hair trend - hair pulled down low. The wear-it-any-way style is everywhere, from the low plaits at Public School and Proenza Schouler to simplified low chignons at Lanvin and Bottega Veneta and even zany low pigtails at Marni.

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A sure sign of any new look's staying power, the trend has already swept off the runway and into RL, spotted on street style stars and celebs before Fashion Month's even finished. The beauty of the low-lying style is that, just like the top knot before it, it's easily done (just grab a hair tie and go), doesn't require heat styling tools and covers up bad hair days in a few seconds flat. It's also infinitely more polished - consider it the top knot's sophisticated sister; the one with the to-die-for wardrobe who never runs late. And it offers a lot more choice - play it safe with a low pony, muss things up a bit with a knot secured at the nape of the neck or go preppy with a swinging plait. The only rule? Keep things strictly below the ear line.

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