Amazing Wedding Updos from Every Angle

Scarlett Johansson
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Whether you are looking to spice up your hairstyle or attending a wedding or prom, see our favorite updos from every angle.

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Kate Middleton

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WHERE: The Creative Industries Reception in London.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Middleton's usual blowout was pinned into a voluminous, neck-skimming twist.

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Jessica Biel

Wedding Updos
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WHERE: The Christian Dior Cruise Collection show in Monte-Carlo, Monaco
WHY WE LOVE IT: Is it a bob? Is it a bun? We're not sure, but we do know we're fans of Biel's modern-day 'do with a wavy 1920s spin.

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Kerry Washington

Wedding Updos
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WHERE: Elle and Tod's Celebrate Kerry Washington
WHY WE LOVE IT: The night's honoree donned a faux bob so that her face and neck could be the center of attention.

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Kate Hudson

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WHERE: The Venice Film Festival
WHY WE LOVE IT: Hudson's finger-combed tresses preserve her hair's natural texture in this gently twisted chignon-so elegant!

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Rosamund Pike

Rosamund Pike
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WHERE: 87th Annual Academy Awards
WHY WE LOVE IT: Pike's loose and voluminous bun can be paired with either a dressy or more casual look.

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Nicole Richie

Wedding Updos

WHERE: Jimmy Kimmel Live! in Hollywood
WHY WE LOVE IT: The wispy, undone style of Richie's braids make for casual glamour.

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Keira Knightley

Keira Knightley
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WHERE: 2015 Critics Choice Awards
WHY WE LOVE IT: Knightley's gorgeous bangs add a unique touch to this trendy pinned look.

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Felicity Jones

Felicity Jones
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WHERE: 72nd Annual Golden Globes Awards
WHY WE LOVE IT: This sleek, luminous look gives a mature, effortless vibe.

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Hannah Davis

Hannah Davis

WHERE: Vanity Fair 2015 Oscar Party
WHY WE LOVE IT: The deep part and slicked-back strands give the look a chic and sophisticated feel.

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Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde updo
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WHERE: 2014 Oscars
WHY WE LOVE IT: Wilde's slightly undone chignon gave her '60s look?complete with a retro cat eye, light pink lips, and high-necked Valentino gown?a French twist.

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Maria Menounos

Maria Menounos updo
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WHERE: 2014 Oscars
WHY WE LOVE IT: Menounos gave the basic milkmaid style an update by wrapping the ends of her hair into a messy bun.

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Lucy Liu

Lucy Liu updo
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WHERE: 2014 Huading Film Awards
WHY WE LOVE IT: Liu's elaborate twisted braid-bun hybrid impressed us even more than her show-stopping fishtail braid from the 2013 Golden Globes.

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Emma Watson

Emma Watson updo
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WHERE: 2014 Golden Globes
WHY WE LOVE IT: Watson's classic slicked back, side-parted bun contrasted with her open-back pants-dress combo by Dior.

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WHERE: 2013 Emmy Awards
WHY WE LOVE IT: Soft waves added a touch of Old Hollywood glam to the singer's low, side-parted chignon.

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Lake Bell

Lake Bell
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WHERE: 2013 Emmy Awards
WHY WE LOVE IT: Bell's heightened crown took the swept-back style from casual to red-carpet-ready.

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Jessica Pare

Jessica Pare
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WHERE: 2013 Emmy Awards
WHY WE LOVE IT: Pare's wispy strands gave the elegant 'do a young, effortless vibe.

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Ireland Baldwin

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WHERE: 2013 Emmy Awards
WHY WE LOVE IT: The loose, asymmetrical shape gave the classic chignon a modern twist.

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Freida Pinto

Wedding Updos
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WHERE: The Cannes Film Festival
WHY WE LOVE IT: The hairpieces add uniqueness to an otherwise classic bun.

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Carey Mulligan

Wedding Updos
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WHERE: The Cannes Film Festival
WHY WE LOVE IT: A twist on the classic bun, Mulligan's 'do is simple yet complicated.

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Berenice Bejo

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WHERE: The Cannes Film Festival
WHY WE LOVE IT: The braids are a headpiece to themselves, and the hairstyle lends itself well to a veil.

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January Jones

Wedding Updos
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WHERE: Coach's 3rd Annual Evening of Cocktails and Shopping to Benefit the Children's Defense Fund
WHY WE LOVE IT: An off-center part adds a unique touch to an already interesting updo.

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Kirsten Dunst

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WHERE: The Cannes Film Festival
WHY WE LOVE IT: Simple, yet so chic and elegant, Dunst's bun can be re-created for a walk down the aisle or a walk on the beach.

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Olga Kurylenko

Wedding Updos
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WHERE: The Moves magazine Spring Fashion Cover Party
WHY WE LOVE IT: Worn wavy and swept to the side, a classic chignon gets a modern upgrade.

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Amy Adams

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WHERE: The Golden Globe Awards in Hollywood.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Adams's stylist took inspiration from Old Hollywood and deco references to put a modern spin on the classic Marcel wave.

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Jamie-Lynn Sigler

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WHERE: C. Wonder Fashion Island store opening in Orange County, CA.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Jamie-Lynn Sigler donned a variety of wraparound plaits for an ethereal, bohemian effect.

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Jennifer Garner

Wedding Updos Update
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WHERE: The Los Angeles premiere of The Odd Life of Timothy Green
WHY WE LOVE IT: Garner's loosely styled hair looks stunning in a slightly-messy, wavy updo-a few face-framing tresses complete this trendy "undone" look.

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Jessica Biel

Wedding Updos Update
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WHERE: The Germany premiere of Total Recall
WHY WE LOVE IT: Biel gives her gorgeous gown the full attention with a simple bun and blunt bangs.

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Kate Beckinsale

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WHERE: The Costume Designers Guild Awards
WHY WE LOVE IT: Beckinsale's low chignon was set off by intricate fishtail twists and sweeping layers.

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Kate Mara

Kate Mara
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WHERE: The 2012 Academy Awards
WHY WE LOVE IT: This soft, twisty chignon was topped off with a touch of sparkle.

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Emma Stone

Emma Stone
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WHERE: The 2012 Academy Awards
WHY WE LOVE IT: "I didn't want to compete with the high neck of Emma's dress, but I felt like I could really have fun in the back," Couture Colour hairstylist Mara Roszak told us of the star's twisty bun.

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Berenice Bejo

Berenice Bejo
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WHERE: The 2012 Academy Awards
WHY WE LOVE IT: The Best Supporting Actress nominee sported an intricate hairline braid that finished in a casual knot.

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Taylor Swift

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WHERE: The Los Angeles premiere of Dr Seuss' The Lorax
WHY WE LOVE IT: Swift's breezy plait is intertwined with her low bun to create a loose updo with an ethereal feel.

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Rachel McAdams

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WHERE: The Los Angeles premiere of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
WHY WE LOVE IT: The multiple twists, created by hairstylist Mark Townsend, make the style more intricate; loose flyaways lend a relaxed vibe. "I must have used 100 bobby pins," Townsend laughed.

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Kristin Cavallari

Kristin Cavallari
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WHERE: The Dennis Basso show at Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week
WHY WE LOVE IT: We love the undone, messy look. Cavallari's hairstylist Marcus Francis created three tiny braids along her natural part. He split the hair into two sections before pinning them into vertical buns, making sure to preserve wispy pieces around the face. "I kept the look loose and slightly undone to avoid looking too coiffed or prom-ready," Francis told us.

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Carrie Underwood

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WHERE: The 2012 Grammy Awards
WHY WE LOVE IT: Underwood created a thick, braid-bun hybrid by twisting her blond strands below her plait.

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Dianna Agron

Dianna Agron
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WHERE: The 2012 SAG Awards
WHY WE LOVE IT: The Glee star created a boho updo by pinning a roughed-up fishtail braid along her hairline.

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Zoe Saldana

Zoe Saldana
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WHERE: Audi's Golden Globe Awards Party in Los Angeles
WHY WE LOVE IT: Saldana twisted her low bun into a spiral shape, while keeping the front sleek and polished.

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Kirsten Dunst

Kirsten Dunst
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WHERE: The Critics' Choice Awards in Los Angeles
WHY WE LOVE IT: This half up, half down style is a sweet alternative to formal updos. A loose, diagonal French braid adds subtle visual interest.

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Piper Perabo

Best Knotty Updo: Piper Perabo
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WHERE: The Golden Globe Awards
WHY WE LOVE IT: The tousled updo is easy to achieve. Her hairstylist Nathaniel Hawkins prepped hair with a sea salt spray, then pulled hair back into a series of ponytails, twisting across from the nape of her neck to the bottom of her crown.

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Emma Stone

Emma Stone
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WHERE: The Critic's Choice Awards in Los Angeles
WHY WE LOVE IT: Though wispy and undone, it's still sexy and off-the-neck.

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Charlize Theron

Amazing Wedding Updos At Every Angle - Charlize Theron
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WHERE: The Critic's Choice Awards in Los Angeles
WHY WE LOVE IT: The double braids are unique and grant a sophisticated feel to the typical braid. "The idea is to keep the shape generous and flowing, so twist both braids together in a low bun," Theron's hairstylist Enzo Angileri said. "The style will look intriguing from every angle."

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Claire Danes

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WHERE: The 2011 Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles
WHY WE LOVE IT: A deep side part and cheekbone skimming layers give Danes's hairstyle a sophisticated shape. Hairstylist Peter Butler teased the strands at the crown just enough to add lift and a tiny bit of retro sex appeal before pinning the length into a low, tidy bun.

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Sarah Michelle Gellar

Sarah Michelle Gellar - wedding hair
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WHERE: A CBS, CW and Showtime party in Los Angeles
WHY WE LOVE IT: The loose braids on either side pull the hair off the face; a messy chignon and pulled-down flyaways feel pretty and windswept.

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Charlize Theron

Charlie Theron - wedding hairstyle ideas
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WHERE: The Los Angeles premiere of Young Adult
WHY WE LOVE IT: Sleek and simple in front; playful braid-wrapped bun in back.

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Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson
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WHERE: The New York premiere of We Bought a Zoo
WHY WE LOVE IT: Johansson channeled her inner pin-up girl with rolled up curls.

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