19 Celebrity Side Braid Photos That Prove All Plaits Are Not Created Equal

Whereas summer is ideal for heat-proof updos and crisp autumn weather is ideal for loose waves, winter asks for styles that are hat, snow, rain, and wind-proof. The solution? A simple side braid. When it comes to the side braid, celebrities have the style down to a science. Some opt for a fish tail, others a simple French braid, and still others adore an undone milkmaid style with wavy tendrils left to frame the face. This winter when you're looking for a style that will be improved by your trusty woolen hat, here are the best celebrity side-braids for inspiration.

Rita Ora

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Rita Ora rocked a voluminous side braid whose cornsilk color and simple shape evoke the look’s swedish heritage.

Nicole Kidman

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Nicole Kidman’s lightly waved, long braid was perfectly accented by a pair of ornamental hoop earrings and a rosy glow.

Jessica Simpson

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Jessica Simpson went for a sweet and simple style with her braid, injecting volume at the crown and a slightly undone style at the bottom of the braid.

Eva Longoria

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Eva Longoria’s playful fish tale braid was sultry and alluring to a fault, featuring untucked pieces and a mussed aspect which suggested the actress’s ‘do had been whimsically rumpled pre-red carpet.

Blake Lively

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The ever-bohemian Blake Lively selected a single side braid for the premiere of The Green Lantern, interwoven with loose strands of hair and a golden clip.

Blake Lively Part Deux

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Channeling her favorite coif again, Lively selected a more streamlined fish tale version which was perfectly accented by diamond-encircled turquoise danglers.

Kerry Washington

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A pregnant Kerry Washington looked every bit the glamorous Earth Mother in this blue satin gown, made all the more alluring with a glossy side braid which reached all the way to the crown of her head.

Elizabeth Olsen

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Elizabeth Olsen chose a side braid that was high on gloss and low on fuss, letting a swath of hair from root to cheekbone loose before braiding a small section at the shoulder.

Joan Smalls

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Joan Smalls reminded the media exactly why she is a world-renowned model and style icon at the 2014 Met Ball, selecting a nude gown and, most importantly, a lustrous, long side braid.

Janelle Monae

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Singer Janelle Monae adopted a quirky twist on her typical pompadour hairdo by adding a satiny side braid to the mix.

Sarah Hyland

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Modern Family Star Sarah Hyland took a beachy approach to her braid, sweeping a short, undone layer over her fish tail braid.

Rihanna

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Rihanna elected for a side braid/milkmaid braid mashup, made all the more arresting by her vibrant red, Ariel-hued hair.

Bella Thorne

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Bella Thorne intertwined emerald and sapphire velvet ribbons in her side braid, hues which perfectly matched those in her collared shirt.

Lucy Liu

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Lucy Liu complemented her fairytale-ready Carolina Herrera gown with its cascade of florals and sky-blue shade with a beautifully twisted side braid and delicate diamond drop earrings.

Adele Exarchopoulos

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Blue Is The Warmest Color star Adele Exarchopoulos accentuated her sultry style with an undone side braid.

Lucy Hale

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Lucy Hale opted for a high-shine side braid, leaving a few strands loose for a more laid-back look.

Jennifer Hudson

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Jennifer Hudson rocked a polished fish tale braid, setting off her jade jacket and drop earrings to great effect.

Kristen Stewart

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Though the actress looks none too happy to be rocking a side braid — or sauntering down the red carpet — this tousled braid is exactly the type of wind-ruffled coif I would expect to see on Elizabeth Bennet or Jane Eyre.

Salma Hayek

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The actress chose a delicate side-braid with loose curls left undone to complement her crimson gown.