Braids are everywhere it seems, on the streets, the red carpet, Pinterest, Instagram, my 80-year-old country neighbor's head. In this gallery, I share my favorite braided hairstyles to give you inspiration for casual or more formal events.
The best thing about braids? They are an easy way to create a unique hairstyle and they can be worn in long hair, short hair, down the side (as pictured here on TV personality Maria Menounos), in a bun or an updo or even hidden in a jumble of curls. There are milkmaid braids, fishtail braids and French braids. There are the Little House on the Prairie braids, which you don't see much of these days, actually.
But no, none of the above is what I consider the best thing about braids. The best thing about braids is they are not just for kids. You can wear them well into your 30s and even 40s. I've even seen some braids on older women that are absolutely gorgeous.
In this gallery, I feature my favorite braided hairstyles for formal occasions. You can wear these for formal occasions and in some cases, day to day.
And don't miss my Pinterest page of favorited braided hairstyles.