Medium hairstyles are HUGE this season, so we've rounded up the coolest medium cuts to inspire you. Gone are the days of an awkward in-between stage...
Medium hairstyles really have become the ‘it’ length to cut in this year. Somewhere between the collar bones and the jaw line, an affectionately termed ‘midi haircut’ – medium hairstyles are the one that the stars are all asking for, and we’re sussing out the best ‘dos to achieve the look.
‘That mid-length is so modern, it’s so fresh, I think it’s really nice to go that length. It’s also a great way to come out of the ombré look we did last year,’ stylist Ken Paves told us.
When it comes to the perfect medium hairstyles, the best place to look for styling inspiration in celebrities. We’re obsessed with the low-maintenance bed-head style, rocked by Brit girls Kate Moss and Alexa Chung.
Alternatively, if you’re after a more polished medium hairstyle, look to Reese Witherspoon and Elizabeth Olsen for ideas. The actresses have both been working glossy and gorgeous glamazon waves as well as the pin-straight look this year – we love.
Jessica Alba and Suki Waterhouse are two other A-listers who really suit mid-length, medium hairstyles. While Jessica wears hers sleek and straight, model Suki sets hers off with on-trend side-swept bangs.
Wondering how to wear your medium hairstyle for a special occasion, just take a look at Leighton Meester on the red carpet. The Gossip Girl beauty makes her medium hairstyle look uber-glam by teasing her lengths into 1920s-style victory rolls. Slick on a sultry plum lipstick to complete your transformation into a retro pin-up.
Hair that is long enough to still perfect an updo, but short enough to avoid dreaded split-ends? We’re in.
Now we’ve demonstrated why shoulder-length hair is so hot right now, we urge you to check out Marie Claire’s edit of the best celebrity mid-length hairstyles.
The time has come to start planning all of the medium hairstyles you’ll be wearing this year.
First up, Jessica Chastain who’s 1920s-esque ‘do at the Cannes Film Festival stole the show on the red carpet at the Money Monster Premiere.
Kirsten Dunst added a bit of texture to her medium hairstyle for the Cannes Film Festival.
Vanessa Paradis gives us a lesson in how to make mid-length hair look ultra chic. Simply tong from the mid-length down, mist with hairspray and run your fingers through.
Made In Chelsea‘s resident queen bee Rosie Fortescue was spotted at Boux Avenue’s SS16 collection launch in London in April 2016, sporting her light brunette locks and pairing it with – what else – a plunging red dress.
Chloe Moretz who gave her freshly chopped medium hairstyle an edge with some subtle waves.
Selma Blair went for the ultra-toussled, choppy mid-length hairdo, complete with relaxed fringe.
Elizabeth Olsen worked the chic length at Stella McCartney’s AW16 fashion party – and we love the tousled effect.
Cinderella star Lily James was sporting a new ‘do while promoting our new Sunday obsession War and Peace. She wore her medium-length locks in natural loose waves, pairing her bedhead-inspired hair with neutral make-up.
Jessica Chastain worked a toussled hairdo to attend the ‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’ Broadway show opening night in New York.
Julianne Moore. Julianne wore her freshly chopped, naturally red
hair in loose waves to attend the Gothan Independant Film Awards.
Lottie was the ultimate cool girl, seen here wearing her mid-length hairstyle in a side swept parting to attend the star-studded McQ gallery and store opening.
Cate Blanchett wore her golden blonde locks worn neatly parted to one side with a subtle wave at the ends to attend the star-studded Carol premiere.
Karlie Kloss went for this super-sleek side parting look to attend the ultra-glam Mugler dinner in New York, giving her glossy mid-length hair a dose of Hollywood glamour.
Emiyl Blunt kept her mid-length hairstyle super-sleek, worn tucked neatly behind one ear, to attend the star-studded Dior dinner in New York.
Carey Mulligan’s perfectly coiffed wavvy red carpet hairdo is all kinds of chic. Keep your look glam by wearing your Carey-inspired look in a soft centre parting for maximum effect.
Miranda Kerr’s sleek brunette hairdo is all kinds of chic. Miranda keeps her look low key with a side parting and a natural-looking blow dry.
Emily Blunt’s choppy bronde hairdo is all kinds of chic. We’re loving Emily’s laidback look, and think this is the perfect style for those with fine brunette hair.
Kristen Stewart’s super-glam and oh-so-on-trend slick-back, wet-look bob is all kinds of cool, and the perfect inspo for a statement evening look.
Want something super-chic but ultimately low maintenance? Then take your cue from Kate Hudson’s side-parted loose wavy long bob for work, weekend and play.
Ashley Greene is one star who certainly suits medium hairstyles. The actress adds summery texture with loose waves at the Tony Awards in New York.
Reese Witherspoon showcased her enviable blonde locks at the 50th Academy Of Country Music Awards, giving us all kinds of hair inspiration in the process. Not only is this a great look for those with blonde hair, but we think the soft layers, and subtle side fringe is the perfect way to transition from long locks, to mid-length hairdo, whatever your hair hue.
Suki Waterhouse’s mid length hairstyle benefits from a girlie touch by side-parted fringe, giving her blunt ends a little softness.
Alexa Chung champions the choppier medium hairstyle, and it totally works. This mod looks features some natural-looking lightened tips and a light wave for effortless styling.
Jessica Alba is the queen of medium hairstyles. She wears hers poker straight with a centre part to bring a 90s look back into fashion.
Taylor Swift has recently gone for a more-relaxed look that suits the medium-length lob hairstyle perfectly. Gentle waves fall out to straight ends for a natural, yet mainucured look.
Olivia Palermo makes medium hairstyles look effortless. With her naturally sleek straight locks, the mid length suits Olivia because it’s a simple style.
Leighton Meester knows how to make a mid-length hairstyle look red carpet glamorous. She rolls her lengths into 1920s-style victory rolls.
Reese Witherspoon swaps her long and girly waves for this grown up lob to great effects. The blunt ends and wispy fringe frame the actress’s face and showcase her striking bone structure.
Hair hero Kate Bosworth has flirted with many different hair lengths but this medium style is perfect for her strong jaw line and high cheek bones. Try a one-tone mid-length hairstyle for maximum impact.
Let us remind you of the length of ‘The Rachel Cut’ from 1994. It was medium. The world went crazy for Jennifer Aniston’s voluminous mid length hairstyle, which she now wears in a more of-the-moment straight style. Medium hairstyles don’t come much more memorable than this.
Chloe Grace Moretz’s wavy lob is oh-so au courant. This style is perfect for the teenager because it brings a certain maturity and well as youthful appeal.
Emma Stone pairs her medium hairstyle with a heavy fringe during one of her platinum blonde phases.
Kylie Jenner has ditched the bright blue dip-due in place of a glossy black mid-length cut and brings out her classic features.
Beth Behrs debuted her new medium hairstyle back in January. She adds a side-swept fringe to her shoulder-length style to give it another dimension.
Rihanna’s more demure look is well-suited to a mid-length hair cut. This look is reminiscent of her former clean teen days.
Toni Garrn’s side-swept hairstyle puts the sex appeal back into mid-length haircuts. She sweeps her high-shine platinum locks heavy on one side and rolls them under for a natural look.
Oh we do love Ellie Goulding’s new medium haircut. She chopped off her long golden locks in favour of this season’s hot mid-length hairstyle.
Alexa Chung’s famed messy locks have grown from bob to lob. Alexa lets her famous hair is grow out naturally and her subtle waves look so effortless, resting on her shoulders.
Jenna Louise Coleman wears her medium hairstyle on the longer side with a thick blunt edge. She pairs hers with a light side-parted fringe.
Jessica Alba has rocked many styles and colours over the years, but we love how she’s given her medium hairstyles a voluminous wave for the Alma Awards.
Dakota Fanning debuted a series of medium hairstyles in Teen Vogue back in 2011 when the grown-up world fawned over her no-layer blunt medium haircut.
Mid-length hair is best suited to a blunt cut. Julianne Moore’s medium hairstyle as a lustrous, healthy shine because the ends have been cropped at all the same length.
Taylor Schilling’s platinum locks are cropped into chic mid-length hairstyle could pass for a bob at just an inch shorter, but at this length she’s adopted the season’s hottest style.
Alexa Chung is queen of the medium hairstyle. Her style is always more of a grown out bob. Chopped style? Too obvious. Mermaid tresses? Too much hard work. Alexa nails the half-way haircut.
In a juxtaposition from her sisters’ long mermaid locks, Elizabeth Olsen picks a medium hairstyle that complements her thick golden hair.
The long bob on Fearne is a huge LOVE of ours. This lovely lady opts for big volume with a strong left side-part, tucking her mid length hair under at the shoulders.
Sex and The City’s Sarah-Jessica has long been recognised for glorious long hair but we love her poker-straight, centre-parted style sitting just off the shoulder.
Alice Eve has had her medium hairstyle cut in with feathered tips so it perfectly frames her face.
Rihanna’s medium hairstyle had us rushing to book a cut. She opts for a sweet fringed hairstyle to frame her face and give her that girl nextdoor look back.
When it comes to medium hairstyles, Rachel McAdams has tried them all. The actress’s current luscious look, with gently curling layers sitting just below her shoulders, is one of our favourites.
Mollie King ditched the extentions a while back and now indulges her natural hair length. The medium suits the songstress because she has a strong oval-shaped face.
Eternally cool, Sienna embraced medium length hairstyles way before we knew they were making a comeback. Ms Miller was way ahead of the curve with her relaxed half-way-to-long locks.
Queen of cool, Nicole Richie pulls off a relaxed half-way length leaving her roots dark and her ends light – the perfect colour match for medium hair.
Perched lovingly just on the shoulders, Vanessa Hudgens’ medium length hairstyle oh-so sultry. Worn with some large barrel curls, the medium length haircut has never looked so good.
After shaking off her Twilight alter-ego Alice Cullen, actress Ashley Green has embraced a string of medium length hairstyles. Her current, side-parted glossy crop sits lightly on her shoulders and emphasises her elfin features.
Taylor Swift ditched her long locks after a lot of hanging out with Karlie Kloss, and coincidently ended up with the Karlie crop with a subtle curl. We love.
Lea Seydoux’s auburn locks totally complement this medium haircut, giving it a blunt bulk of block colour to enhance shine and texture.
Medium hairstyles keep Heidi Klum’s hair looking shiny and healthy. She’s also got some shorter lengths at the front to contrast the medium lengths, which roll just beneath her jawline.
Rita Ora changes her hair styles more than most celebrities; whether it’s more blonde, shorter, lengthened with extensions. We love this voluminous (and luminous) mid-length hairstyle. It packs a real punch, especially paired with her statement lips.
Caroline Flack opts for no layers using a blunt cut across the bottom to achieve a bold mono-length medium hairstyle.
Lea Michele has gone for a fuller style adding body to the medium lengths of her hair with some large curls. This ensures the style sits pretty on shoulders.
Nicola Roberts knows how to get hair that’ll impress on the FROW. She shows off a subtle dip-dye and a strong centre parting.
Sienna Miller’s hair looks at it’s best at a mid-length style. It flatters her face shape and has a natural volume which longer lengths weigh down. It’s also not too long that you cannot experiment with colour – as Sienna knows judging by her new pink look.
Gwen Stefani’s platimum blonde locks are legendary. Even off-duty she looks glamorous as ever with a signature dark red lip and laidback style.
Downton Abbey actress Joanne Frogatt shook off Anna Bates’ dowdy updo and wore her medium length locks in a dainty wave for a a junket appearance in Hollywood. Gorgeous.
A perfect combination of subtle colourings and au naturel curls, Jennifer Lawrence perfects the medium length hairstyle. She wears a style that just kisses her shoulders to show off her great dress.
Hair hero Jessica Szohr sticks to the shoulder length yo-yoing between bob and medium length. She rocks the longer bob, medium length style.
Reese Witherspoon does red carpet glamour fabulously with her glossy blonde locks swept into a side-parting and a slick of red lipstick.
Thandie Newton was last seen with a tight perm, embracing her natural curls. Luckily, medium length haircuts suit curls or straight styles.
We are obsessed with Kate Moss’ hair; whether she’s on the red carpet or out on a night out, it is tousled to bed head perfection – a style which certainly benefits a mid-length. Too long can make it look scraggly and shorter lengths don’t tousle properly, Kate has got it just right.
Get a mod-twist on a medium style like Camilla Belle by ruffling up some bedheads flyaways. Run your hands through your hair, applying pressure to the roots for lift.
Before the pixie crop, we had medium length Carey Mulligan. We loved her half-way hairstyle and can hardly see why she opted for the chop… until we see that amazing pixie style again.