While you can always play it safe with a quiet, understated ’do, there’s a lot to say in favor of styling your hair in a way that is both unapologetic and confident. Not only does it go a long way towards coordinating a look when you’re all gussied up, it can also serve to set off your personal style when you’re dressing down. Long story short, despite the maintenance it’s always worth investing in a hairstyle (vintage hairstyle or otherwise) that complements your features.
Business up front, party in the back
You knew it had to be on this list somewhere so might as well deal with it upfront. Yes, mullets aren’t really all that cringey when executed well, and they go really well with wider face shapes, lengthening and adding contour to the overall profile. Modern versions don’t look quite as passe as glam rock as much as they do Lisbeth Salander-tier cool chic.
Let’s be real for a second, Harry Styles changes his ‘do so often that we’re pretty sure it’s a deliberate pun on his name at this point. Still, we have to appreciate a man who isn’t afraid to pull off a clean slick-back that looks just as at-home and chic now as it did back in the ’50s.
Nothing says vintage hairstyle more than the classic curl. Voluminous curls help fill in lateral space and soften lines, making them very well-suited to longer faces with prominent features. One of the best things about this is how curls are easy to pull off regardless of how your hair normally grows, with the aid of a hot iron and a little bit of patience. Also, if you’ve been paying attention to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s easy to spot that they never really go out of style.
Elvis has entered the chat
Though not often as bombastic as how the late King of Rock and Roll wore his, modern pompadours still maintain the distinctive thin sides and pronounced swirl that are the hallmarks of the style, which helps accent oval face shapes.
Back to black
Whether it’s Amy Winehouse or Brigitte Bardot, there’s no denying that a proper beehive takes a lot to pull off well. This vintage hairstyle adds height and sass to squarer face shapes, and though the upkeep is a bit more considerable than others on this list, it’s not a look to forget.