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Welcome to The Darling Blog, a life and style blog by the owner of Darling Boutique, Linnea White. Darling is passionate about empowering women and inspiring strength through fashion to restore dignity and true beauty. Enjoy outfit inspiration and style tips, featured #darlingfinds, local collaborations, and so much more. Live the Darling lifestyle - an altogether beautiful life.

Darling, You've Got Style: How to Rock a Top Knot

Linnea White


The blonde Darling duo loves to rock a topknot, a bun, a throw-it-up-and-go hairstyle that works for our day-to-day routines of shop life, teaching barre, and all the things. Whether long hair or short hair, half-up or full bun, classically neat or tousled, the topknot is one of the season's hottest hairstyles. Not sure how to make it work? Get inspired, darlings.

All images via Pinterest (so also check out Pinterest).

The Messy TopKnot

AKA The Bedhead Bun. The messier the better. No twisting or fancy technique here. Just find a way that works for your hair to throw it up with an elastic and look fab.

The Ballerina Bun

You can’t go wrong with the classic ballerina bun. Place is high on the crown of your head (for ultimate chic-ness). For longer hair (for ultimate twist magic). Start with a high, tight pony tail. Brush it out and tighten the elastic. Twist the ponytail around and around into a bun, fastening with pins. Keep it neat, or add light texture.

The Knotted, Twisted TopKnot

With high texture and high knot-titude, this look is a straight off the runways. Pull your hair into a pony tail on the top (back half) of your head. For medium to short hair, section your hair into two pieces and twist each section, crossing over and overlaying the sections for extra knotted goodness (think sculpting height versus a flat circle). For long hair, section your hair into four pieces, twist each piece, and cross the pieces together two at a time for extreme volume knot-titude (think a messy, knotted braid). Wrap with an elastic to hold (pins, too, if needed). Use a brush to tousle and add flyaways as desired.

Photo by Megan Tiernan

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The Half-Up Topknot

More casual and great for shorter hair styles. This half-up, half-down look can still have plenty of fashion knot-titude. For shorter hair, separate your hair higher on the crown of your head, leaving some above your ears. For longer hair, separate your hair by the ears. Twist the top half of hair into a topknot and fasten with an elastic. Simply! Tousle, texturize, curl, or straighten as desired.