“It’s such a dorky factor to do. Like you may’t discover your alice band and also you’ve obtained to do your maths homework.” Tilly Macalister-Smith, a British trend author based mostly in New York as director of content material for DVF, is speaking concerning the energy magnificence transfer of the second: tucking your hair behind your ears. Forget twice-weekly blow-dries, dip-powder manicures and dragons’ blood sheet masks. The magnificence hack of the season is actually at your fingertips. Hook your hair behind an ear or 2 and also you’re good to go.
In 2018, the look is not only for getting your homework completed. Margot Robbie did it on the Golden Globes, in a plunging black custom-made Gucci robe, with delicate blond waves falling unfastened on 1 aspect, tucked behind the ear on the opposite, accented with a hazelnut-sized Tiffany diamond earring. Emma Stone, in golden Givenchy, sported an eartuck for the Oscar purple carpet final 12 months. Meghan Markle selected it for her first night engagement with Prince Harry, trying sharp in an Alexander McQueen trouser go well with. Gigi Hadid did it on the quilt of US Vogue.
For high-octane glamour on the S/S 18 catwalks, the Versace present – the 1 the place Donatella took a victory lap with Naomi, Cindy, Helena, Claudia and Carla – was arduous to beat. But for Kaia Gerber, the Hadid sisters and the remainder of the mannequin military who stalked that catwalk in a baroque homage to Gianni, Guido Palau “didn’t want to parody any old idea of glamour,” he defined backstage. With Donatella, he selected a glance that was “polished and beautiful in a very simple way. Shiny, without too much volume.” The hair was centre-parted, tucked behind the ears and glued in place with glowing gold barrettes on either side. The concept was echoed on a number of of probably the most glamorous catwalks. At Valentino, hair-tucking was emphasised by a wash of pink blush on the cheekbones. At Dolce & Gabbana, it was framed by jewelled tiaras.
“It has become a look, but it still has connotations of being a buttoned-up schoolgirl,” says Macalister-Smith, a dedicated (and really stylish) hair-tucker. “I mean, it’s so much more sexy to have your hair in your face, isn’t it? That whole cool French girl thing. The body language of tucking your hair behind your ears is quite English, I think. Princess Diana used to do it.”
Tucked-behind-the-ears hair boils right down to practicality. Which is exactly why it’s in vogue now, at a second when trend is extra engaged with girls’s actual lives than it has been for years. Just-stepped-out-of-a-salon bounce is far much less on-trend than it was a couple of years in the past. The cool salons report that whereas girls who lunch of a sure age nonetheless maintain their twice-weekly standing blow-out appointments, youthful shoppers are dropping the behavior. Tucking hair behind your ears – which might have been sacrilege if you happen to had simply paid £30 for somebody to wield a scorching brush for quantity round your hairline – seems to be proper once more.
The inimitably elegant designer Roksanda Ilincic has at all times tucked again her lengthy, poker-straight hair. “It used to be that I would do it without realising. In fact, I would start the day with my hair down, and catch sight of myself in the mirror and be annoyed that I had done it. But at some point it started to grow on me as a look and these days, if I have an event, I put my hair behind my ears on purpose. I am not so keen on hair that looks very ‘done’. With a nice dress and a red lip, hair that is tucked behind your ears is a good counterbalance.”
Tucked hair is sensible, however styled up – with lipstick, or a barrette, or an earring – it provides affect. “I can’t work with hair in my eyes, so that’s how it started,” says Pandora Sykes, journalist and co-host of the High Low podcast. “It’s quite old school – a bit Enid Blyton, a bit Margot Tenenbaum – but I quite like the contrast of having one side neat behind my ear, with the other mussed up and slightly forward.”
If the behind-the-ear tuck developed from the Céline hair-inside-polo-neck look – “Which was revolutionary when we first saw it, but is now a generic cool-girl uniform,” Macalister-Smith says – the latest, most leading edge tackle hair tucking is the sideburn tuck. Leaving a bit of hair unfastened in entrance of the ear takes the tuck from schoolgirl to edgy tomboy. At the Alexander McQueen S/S 18 present, hair was impressed “by a girl coming out of the water,” Guido Palau says. After the hair was tucked behind the ears, strands had been pulled out utilizing a fine-tooth comb. “It’s a little dark, a little romantic, a little strange,” the hairstylist provides. This tackle the tuck, Macalister-Smith says, is “the hardest to get right. Brigitte Bardot did a version of it that was very sexy. But it is an ‘editorial’ look, really. It tends to look contrived in real life.”
The vogue for large earrings, however, has crossed over fortunately from catwalk to the road – and in doing so has helped drive the hair tuck. Macalister-Smith started Ear After Ear, an Instagram account for earring lovers, after 1 snap of an awesome pair of earrings earned an enormous response. “The classic style, when you have big earrings on, is to scrape all your hair back,” she says. “But the tuck is another option. It is definitely connected. If you’ve got a great earring on, tucking your hair behind an ear is like drawing the curtains.”