7.9.08

{the classic chignon}

There is a film called 'Le Chignon d'Olga' in which a young man falls hopelessly in love with a girl after he glimpses her chignon from afar . . .

Something about Fall 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 . . .

{1 - via layers of meaning; 2+3 - via the fashion spot; 4 + 6 via on decorum; 5, 7 + 8 - Harper's Bazaar Runway Report Fall/Winter 2008}

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33 Comments:

Anonymous Amelie / Ces petits riens parisiens said...

I'm loving the bottom one... So cute but since I've cut my hair last month, I can't do that any more... What a sad story isn't it ?

September 07, 2008  
Blogger P said...

I love the one with the braid - how lovely.

September 07, 2008  
Anonymous Melissa Lewis - Off The Wall said...

What a great post, I love it! I love this look too, very femine:)

September 07, 2008  
Blogger i.d. said...

The chignon lends sophistication to even the most casual of outfits - and it's so easy to pull off!

Great post, I love that anecdote about that French film - tres romantic! :)

September 07, 2008  
Blogger .vanessa said...

bottom left is nice, they are all nice actually... very nice post!!

September 08, 2008  
Blogger Songy said...

:)
I just have my hair long enough to try these cute looks. How proud..

September 08, 2008  
Blogger Persian Tea said...

love this classic. just love it.

September 08, 2008  
Blogger Absolutely Fabulous said...

this just made me decide to keep my hair long!

thanks for leaving me *heart* words...
:)

September 08, 2008  
Blogger Absolutely Fabulous said...

oh! and happy gazing.....

September 08, 2008  
Anonymous Miss G* said...

I'm loving it, but mine is never so well done!

September 08, 2008  
Anonymous Sarah said...

I love a good chignon, especially when braids are worked in... terrible at doing it myself though, I always end up with bumps!

September 08, 2008  
Anonymous thrilled by the thought said...

I'm glad you wrote how it is pronounced. I have always wondered!

September 08, 2008  
Blogger SimplyGrove said...

I love this look!!!!

September 08, 2008  
Blogger Joanna Goddard said...

LOVE the braided one.

September 08, 2008  
Blogger Chloe's Chic Conception said...

I loooove the braids one and am dying to wear my hair like this! Gorgeous!

September 08, 2008  
Anonymous ambika said...

That first one is such a lovely shot.

September 08, 2008  
Blogger AnastasiaC said...

i love it - will always be chic...classic style!
ive grown my hair the longest its ever been...i actually avoid putting it up too much as it tends to break!

September 09, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

cute, though not as easy to do when you have thick hair.

does anyone know who makes the handbag in the 1st picture???

September 09, 2008  
Blogger Easy and Elegant Life said...

The chignon and the upswept French Twist deserve hall-of-fame status in my book.

September 09, 2008  
Blogger littlebrownpen said...

Lovely photos, lovely hair. Just lovely. Thanks so much for sharing.

September 09, 2008  
Blogger -h of candid cool said...

i never know if im doing it properly but i try...

September 10, 2008  
Blogger Miss Shortcake said...

now I feel better about wearing a bun amost every day :P

September 11, 2008  
Blogger annechovie said...

This is so simple, yet perfect!

September 11, 2008  
Blogger Aysia said...

i love chignons because they always make you look 10 times more sophisticated :)

Care to trade links?

www.themillenniallife.blogspot.com

September 11, 2008  
Blogger Mélanie said...

I now have short hair , I'm sad about it because I love chignons

September 12, 2008  
Blogger ryder said...

i have a long hair so i will definetly study thhis approach of styling hair...

its very elegant...

u should style it like that.

September 12, 2008  
Blogger Ursie B said...

So inspiring...I'm going to try the last one with the braid.

September 12, 2008  
Blogger {this is glamorous} said...

Amelie – very sad, but perhaps when your hair grows again?

i.d. – completely agree – in jeans or an evening gown, it’s equally perfect, and sounds like you’re a romantic like me :)

anon – try www.lagarconne.com

elegant – so glad you brought up the French twist, an equally lovely and sophisticated style

September 12, 2008  
Blogger la la Lovely said...

so pretty ... I can never quite figure these out....it always looks a little too sloppy. Now I'm inspired to figure it properly :-)

September 12, 2008  
Blogger Jennifer Ramos said...

These hairstyles are so sophisticated and would look so amazing on a bride. LOVE the braid!


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September 16, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All the photos feature women with sleek, straight hair. With thick and curly hair, these styles look less 'glamorous' and more 'crazy cat lady', unfortunately.

November 18, 2008  
Blogger franki durbin said...

I'm convinced I look better with my hair pulled up & back. I love a chignon. It's elegant. Simple. Graceful and uniquely feminine.

May 04, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always thought it was called a 'bun' we have to wear our hair like this in the Army. nothing messy though, sleek and above the collar. Most look like the bottom left.

January 27, 2012  

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