Small braids and elaborate twists that create texture can give the perfect girly look, while simple plaits can look grown up and glam.

This fabulously humble hair style has weaved its way onto fashion catwalks across the globe, with top designers choosing their models to sport the classic and fun look.

Forget plaits only looking good on schoolgirls, this tresses trend is perfect for any given occasion, is super stylish, and is easy to recreate.

Braids and plaits from Collette Dinigan AW2011 (above left and centre) and Pucci (above right). Images: Showbit

The look was favoured on Lanvin and Pucci’s Autumn/Winter 11 catwalks, where models sported simple plaits that draped down their backs – working the understated look to perfection. Kenzo were more experimental with their hair design. 

Models were seen gracing the runway wearing their locks in a multitude of different style plaits, woven into each other to create a looped effect.

Double plaits from Kenzo AW2011. Images: Showbit

A large number of other designers also sent plaits of one sort or another down the runway for AW2011, showing everything from messy braids like those at Erdem and Byblos to tightly wound plaited buns seen at Andrew Gn. Also seen were random smaller plaits worn with loose hair like those at Vivienne Westwood and Viktor & Rolf, or plaits topped with ponytails at Steffie Christiaens.

Wide variety of plaits and braids from AW2011 runways: Andrew Gn’s plaited bun, messy fishtail plaits from Erdem and Byblos (above top); loose hair with plaits at Vivienne Westwood, Rocha and Viktor & Rolf (above second and thrid); ponytails with plaited tails at  Steffie Christiaens (above). Images: Showbit

For an easy day look, keep hair loosely swept off the face and plaited to the side or back to create a chic style. Make-up should be natural and fresh to mirror the understated style.

For a more boho look, weave your hair into two plaits. Try experimenting with fishtail plaits and a French version for the ultimate take on the trend. © COVER MEDIA