By Jonathan Borge
Jul 21, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
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The pastel floral Band of Outsiders dress that Greta Gerwig sported last night certainly was appropriate for a mid-summer California cocktail party—but it was the arrival of her newly chopped, above-the-shoulder ‘do that really has us talking. Sure, the actress may have rocked a medium-length hairstyle for the past year, but a smartly tamed mane has always resonated with Gerwig. “I feel like I’ve always been a short-haired person. I just happened to have long hair for the past few years. I just completed a movie and I realized I didn’t have to have it long for anything. And it’s so hot out right now,” she told InStyle while celebrating the Women in Film fête inside Barneys New York.

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So what about the less-is-more philosophy strikes Gerwig’s attention? “I like the way girls with short hair look. I’ve always had a thing for ladies with a short cut. Plus, I like Kristen Stewart’s cut. It’s so cool.” The daring actress also cited the sexy look Michelle Williams sported in Louis Vuitton’s spring 2015 campaign as a source of inspiration. “Then Kristen Wiig did this cool haircut where she cut [it] really short on one side. Anyway, there were a lot of pictures I looked at,” Gerwig added. It seems like the star’s research paid off stylishly.

—With reporting by Brianna Deutsch

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