Braids are an absolutely timeless hairstyle but they are often reimagined and reinvented as fashion is constantly evolving. The end of New York Fashion Week gave us a insight into one of the latest hair trends: old world braids. These braided hairstyles work on the catwalk and right onto the sidewalk.
Old world braids give a new style to the three-strand braid. They could be messy and full of texture as seen in the Rachel Zoe runway or they can be soft crown braids like designer Naeem Khan opted for. Here are some old world braids for inspiration for your braided hairstyles.
Old World Braided Crown
The crown braid is very trendy and part of the reason is because it makes a bold statement although it’s quite simplistic. The old world braided crown is simply a 3-strand braid rather than the common French braided crowns that have been trendy. So if you are looking for simpler crown braids try this old world braid.
‘Fly Aways’ Old World Braid
Last season the trendiest braids were abstract and intricate. With this seasons old world braid we see simplicity and a regal touch. This means that your braid doesn’t have to be styled perfectly or kept in one place – you can have a messy, voluminous, and traditional braid that almost reminds you of the Renaissance braided looks.
For a bold look on a simple 3-strand braid, create a lot of volume around the crown of your hair and pull back your hair so that it has no part and then braid the length of your hair. This look should be messier rather than sleek to embrace the old world braid style.
Old World ‘Pigtail’ Braids
We know that pigtail braids are often considered childish but when they are styled right, they can be a chic new look on an ordinary hairstyle. You could simply try twisting back the sides and then braided the pigtails in a big and traditional 3-strand braid or try a messy fishtail braid.