Trending: Update your look with a fringe this season

Michelle Obama and Kim Kardashian have brought fringes back into fashion for 2013, we asked the experts how to update your style with bangs

The fringe trend started as the Duchess of Cambridge debuted her new, slightly more chopped hair style prior to the Royal Baby news.

Since then, bangs have been appearing on the red carpet and cat walks and with the help of Kim Kardashian’s falsie and Michelle Obama’s birthday cut, we’re predicting they’ll be all the rage this year.

Fringe benefits: Michelle Obama shows off her birthday bangsKate Middleton's long sweeping fringe wasn't exactly a drastic change from her usual style, but she proved that having a fringe cut can be a simple way to make a big style statement. 

And stars like Taylor Swift, Jessica Biel and Zooey Deschanel have been giving us a major case of fringe-envy.

Related: Kate Middleton shows off her new bangs]

 "Fringes are a great way of updating a style without losing length and are a key fashion statement this season," says Andrew Barton, celebrity hairdresser.

What's more, the same cut can be worn swept to the side, centre-parted or bold and blunt, so that's three styles for the price of one.

Fringe benefits

The fringe comes in many guises, from blunt-cut bold bangs to long sweeping peekaboo.

"The must-have cut of the season is a big, bold and beautiful fringe," says Guy Cammarano, creative director of Regis Salons.

"But the beauty of the fringe is that it is completely versatile and can suit different hair lengths, hair colours and even thickness of hair."

Statement fringeKim Kardasian's clip-on frindge was a style hit ©Rex

If you're feeling adventurous, go all-out with a full and heavy statement fringe. Fuller fringes make foreheads look smaller and the bottom of your face appear narrower - ideal for round or heart-shaped faces.

"Perfect teamed with a strong colour, this style works best with straight tresses," Cammarano advises.


An eye-skimming fringe will instantly transform a long face, making it appear miraculously shorter.

"The peekaboo fringe is a super-sexy look as it covers or completely falls over one eye, ideally in a long voluptuous wave," suggests Cammarano.

"There's nothing sexier than an eye-tickling fringe with a beautiful pair of eyes peeping through the hair."

Transition fringe

A fringe isn't for everyone and if it feels like a scissor snip too far, there are tentative short cuts.
Wear it long, like Kate Middleton, and switch between wearing it up or down. Kate debuted her new, transition fringe cut not long before her pregnancy announcement ©Rex

"If the thought of going all Jessie J leaves you quivering, the side-swept fringe is an ideal alternative," says Cammarano.

"It's especially ideal for those with round faces that want some coverage on their forehead but don't want to create a full, blunt line. It also gives the versatility of not having to be worn every day."

No commitment

If you're a fringe commitment-phobe, try a clip-in one. Hershesons' range of 'Winges' (wig fringes) are available in choppy 'Rock Chick' or 'Sharp' in nine different colourways, £30 each.

It may look great in the salon but at home fringes can be tricky, check out celebrity hairdresser Mark Hill’s tips for perfect bangs at home.