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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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Amelie / Ces petits riens parisiens [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

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 ?

P [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

I love the one with the braid - how lovely.

Melissa Lewis - Off The Wall [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

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

i.d. [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

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! :)

.vanessa [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

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

Songy [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

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

Persian Tea [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

love this classic. just love it.

Absolutely Fabulous [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

this just made me decide to keep my hair long!

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

Absolutely Fabulous [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

oh! and happy gazing.....

Miss G* [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

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

Sarah [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

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

thrilled by the thought [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

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

SimplyGrove [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

I love this look!!!!

Joanna Goddard [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

LOVE the braided one.

Chloe's Chic Conception [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

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

ambika [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

That first one is such a lovely shot.

AnastasiaC [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

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!

Anonymous [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

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

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

Easy and Elegant Life [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

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

littlebrownpen [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

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

-h of candid cool [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

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

Miss Shortcake [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

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

annechovie [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

This is so simple, yet perfect!

Aysia [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

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

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Mélanie [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

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

ryder [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

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

its very elegant...

u should style it like that.

Ursie B [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

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

{this is glamorous} [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

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

la la Lovely [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

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

Jennifer Ramos [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

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


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Anonymous [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

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.

franki durbin [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

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

Anonymous [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

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.

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