The Rise of the Demi-Bob

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Although 2012 may be classified as the year of the bangs (yet, are they ever out of style?), the latter half of the year saw a slew of bobbed cuts.  Stars such as Olivia Wilde, Julianne Hough, and blogger extraordinaire Elin Kling (above) took the plunge this year, with a slightly different take on the traditional bob. This “Demi-Bob” is a longer variation of the classic cut, which rose to popularity in the Jazz Age of the 1920s and was synonymous with flappers, who signified a newfound confidence and sexual awakening amongst women.

Of those following the trend, Karlie Kloss chopped off her lengthy locks for Vogue’s January 2013 issue, giving the already unique beauty an edgier, and less anonymous appeal in both the fashion and everyday worlds. Current variations of the style tend to be choppier and less precise than the bob, providing a more low maintenance approach that’s appropriate for those of any age.

Left: Louise Brooks, who helped popularize the bob. R:  Jane Birkin is typically known for her long, boho-chic hair. Photographed by Eric Swayne. 1965.

Left: Louise Brooks, who helped popularize the bob. R: A bobbed Jane Birkin is typically known for her long, boho-chic hair. Photographed by Eric Swayne. 1965.

Julianne Hough and Keira Knightley in the "Demi-Bob."

Julianne Hough and Keira Knightley in the “Demi-Bob,” both featuring long front layers.

Karlie's cut for Vogue. Photographed by Patrick Demarchelier.

Karlie’s cut for Vogue. January 2013. Photographed by Patrick Demarchelier.

Model Arizona Muse has found much greater fame after lopping off her waist length blond hair.

Model Arizona Muse has found much greater fame after lopping off her waist length blond hair.

Photos courtesy of Vogue.com, Bellasugar.com, and Style by Kling.

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