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What to Wear: with a Pixie Cut

Everyone's doing it. Here's how to pull it off.

Blame it on Jennifer Lawrence, Beyoncé mighty (albeit brief) pixie via selfie, or even Pamela Anderson—pixie cuts are inarguably back with a vengeance. We've explored the correlation between hair and mood and major life changes previously, and if you're looking to make the chop, we're warning you now: such a dramatic change will almost definitely have you suddenly craving a new everything. While we're not advising that you spend to the point of amassing a debt the size of your student loan, we are saying that, yes, by waving goodbye to the curtain of hair you formerly had to hide behind, you may be required to step it up slightly in the wardrobe department.

Namely? A closely-cropped cut requires an entirely new approach to your accessorizing game. We advise investing in a few ear cuffs, like this one from Topshop, or this one by this one by Maria Black. Or if delicate and dainty is more your speed, these sweet little anchor studs from ASOS will do the job juuust fine. Note (and speaking from experience): Earrings and statement necklaces draw the eye, and ensure that that pricey salon cut will get its fair share of admirers.

In wardrobing, we figure that you can play the pixie cut one of two ways. You can embrace the whole gamine, slightly-tomboyish je ne sais quoi thing (à la street style magnet Anne-Catherine Frey), or juxtapose your new cut with ultra-femme, flouncy pieces. One of Carven's Oxford bibs (which forms a tiny heart when buttoned-up) nails the former and can be layered over virtually anything you already own for an Alexa Chung-approved look. Conversely, a fuchsia embroidered chiffon top wears well with full skirts and cropped leather moto jackets for something a little more Audrey Hepburn. Oh, and we've been near-obsessively cyber-stalking this 3.1 Phillip Lim short-sleeve embellished jersey sweatshirt since we first came across it online (to say nothing of the coordinating sweatpants), and think it's kind of the perfect piece for walking the line between the two.

And as for the beauty department? A few dabs of Bumble & bumble's Semisumo is pretty much essential in order to keep the whole thing from veering into Kate Gosselin territory. For lips, we suggest a pretty, flushed lip stain or bold, semi-matte lipstick; this way, you can get away with leaving the house wearing virtually no traces of other make-up. Alternately, smudging on a little chubby shadow crayon in a neutral shade and topping off with mascara keeps the look pared-down and, well, pixie-like.


And as for the beauty department? A few dabs of Bumble & bumble's Semisumo is pretty much essential in order to keep the whole thing from veering into Kate Gosselin territory. For lips, we suggest a pretty, flushed lip stain or bold, semi-matte lipstick; this way, you can get away with leaving the house wearing virtually no traces of other make-up. Alternately, smudging on a little chubby shadow crayon in a neutral shade and topping off with mascara keeps the look pared-down and, well, pixie-like.

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