Chignon Chic - Hair Trends

Something about Spring always reminds me of this simple, yet incredibly sophisticated hairstyle.

The word chignon {shee-nyawn} comes from the French phrase “chignon du cou,” which means nape of the neck and refers to a large, smooth twist, roll, or knot of hair, worn by women at the nape of the neck or the back of the head.

The chignon completes any outfit, is as perfect for the gallery as it is for a day at home, and best of all, it's both elegantly demure and wonderfully sexy at the same time . . .
The classic chignon --  worn high as the ballerinas do, or just grazing the neck, smooth and intricately pinned, or tucked and clasped with jewels, the look is simply sophisticated, and always elegant . . .

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{images: top, clockwise, looks from valentino, giles, chanel, donna karan; bottom, yves saint laurent; valentino; via british vogue}