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From chunky plaits to intricate woven buns, braids are *still* the number-one hair trend of the season. We've whittled down our top three styles, as seen on the autumn/winter runways...

From chunky plaits to intricate woven buns, braids are *still* the number-one hair trend of the season. We've whittled down our top three styles, as seen on the autumn/winter runways...

1. Dolce & Gabbana’s Effortless Bun

Why It Works
Romantic, windswept, chic and elegant, this braided ballerina bun ticks all our boxes for a very wearable 9 to 5 style.

Get The Look
Loosely rake your hair back into a ponytail with your fingers, securing it mid-height at the back of your head. Remember: the looser, the better – flyaways are a must to get this look right. Next, braid your ponytail, again keeping it soft and loose, then twist it around itself to create a slightly messy bun, pinning the ends and loops of the braid in place.

2. Temperley London’s Double Side Plait

Why It Works
This isn’t your average classic chunky plait – a mini-me braid fashioned at the crown merges into the main plait below. The result? It gives an element of surprise and a hint of glamorous detail to an otherwise super youthful look.

Get The Look
To start, roughly tong dry hair using a medium-sized curling iron. Next, create a narrow braid starting at your parting and finishing just above your ear. Gather the braid with the rest of your hair and pull it to one side, continuing to braid down the entire length. Secure ends with a clear elastic.

3. Emilio Pucci’s Bohemian Twist

Why It Works
If you’ve only got 5 minutes to do your hair in the morning, this look is for you. Plus, it screams “rock n roll” but still feels romantic, says mane master Luigi Murenu who created the to-die-for dos at Pucci. Who wouldn’t want channel their inner Kate Moss?

Get The Look
Smooth a volumising mousse through wet hair before blow-drying with your fingers. If you’ve got naturally straight tresses loosely tong chunky sections of hair leaving the ends free to create a bit of texture. To make the braid, divide lengths into three sections and cross pieces over one another only three to four times to make a low, short, loose braid. Secure it with an elastic and wrap a piece of hair from the tail of the braid around it to conceal.

Hair too fine to create a thick, luscious plait? Take a look at our video above and try this quick and easy tip from InStyle's Beauty Director Cassie Steer to faking a bigger, thicker braid.

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