Whether at a wedding or the office, every woman wants a formal hairstyle that does the same thing. Make you
stand out without falling apart and (ideally) easy to do. We’ve got you, don’t worry.
We’ve gone through
thousands of looks, stylists and bad hair days to find our collection of favorite hairstyles. We’ve covered a little bit of everything from tousled looks to tight buns. All of them just scream powerful feminity. ❤️ You might find some inspiration here or a style to copy for yourself. We’ve also included a few videos on how to do some easier ones yourself.
Stunning color and splendid hairstyle? Our first entry perfectly fits in that category. It probably took a long time to finish this, but it’s worth the wait.
A formal hairstyle for a formal event, but you can absolutely have your hair done in this style on a regular working day. Love the braid and the silver clip!
How about a mix of twists and curls and then top it up with a fishtail braid for added sophistication? I’m sure anyone’s going to love your hair in this style.
This one will look so good on those with thick and shaggy hair. Go for a half updo contained in a twirl, and then let the rest of your curly hair dangle gorgeously.
Ooh, a combination of sleek and playful… gotta love the mixture of elegance and lightness in this hairstyle. I wonder how to enclose a bun just by using clips.
This one has big, loose braids that go into twirls once bunned in the middle. After the main event, you can actually let the bun detach, and it will look like a ponytail.
This is almost similar to the previous one, except it continues into a braid that supports the whole hair. Stylists call this the ‘halo’ braid. It does look like one.
A simple textured ponytail if the event you are attending is not too formal. Have this hairstyle even when working, exercising, or even grocery shopping.
Here’s a half updo inspiration for those who like to keep their curls intact even when dangling. You need to use a large, strong clip that can hold up half of your hair.
A very formal one, indeed, this DIY hairstyle is easy to apply even without the help of a stylist. Just make sure you won’t get tired of holding your whole hair while circling it.
Aren’t these tight braids beautiful? This would be the perfect option if you want your appearance to look neat and stylish. Pigtail braids are rather chic to look at.
Keep it clean and simple with this kind of hairstyle. I guess the most essential part would be the clip. Use something that would be very striking and noticeable.
How about a simple ponytail with some big waves? This is an easy peasy piece if you already have wavy hair; if not, you can always make it appear like that with a curler.
I’m not sure if this is a braid or a twirl. Regardless, it is beautiful, especially with the dangling curls. You can wear it at any formal event and even every day.
Braids for the bridesmaids! Bohemian hairstyle at the top and a low bun at the bottom. It’s easy to imitate this design if you know how to do a boho hairdo.
Oh, here’s something marvelous for those with super long hair. It can be tough to contain all your hair, so you need a really strong holder.
Braided headband mixed with a mid-bun. I am always amazed by how hairstylists play along with braids, waves, and buns to create lovely hair masterpieces.
I am so trying this one! I’ve always wanted to try wearing small braids. Then, you just have to collect them and constrain them in one updo, and your formal hairstyle is ready.
Pull-through braids always bewilder me. I always find myself eager to learn how it is correctly done. This formal hairstyle right here is a pull-through braid in half-do fashion.
I love her wavy hair, to be honest. Wavy hair make you look attractive and sophisticated. And, twirl additions can make your hair more alluring.
I really like this style, and I think it perfectly fits ‘formal’ because of the pearl add-ons. It’s suitable not just for formal events but casual ones as well. A business meeting, for instance.
Whoa, isn’t that braid dazzling and delightful? I love how the rolls at the end are flaring and dangling while contained in a neat ponytail updo.
Are you a collector of hair accessories? I love designing my hair, that’s why I have a lot of hair dresses. I bet this style will look lovely in a silver floral hair clip.
A unique look for those who like it braided and at the same time relaxed. You can definitely do this in DIY mode without going to the salon; you can be your own hairstylist!
Oh, the classic high bun with a bit of french twist… and in half do! We usually see this appearance in a whole bun, but half dos give us the clash between formal and casual.
The vintage loose plait is the perfect hairstyle for flower and pearl add-ons. They make you look like a goddess. This kind of hairstyle will fit with your white dress perfectly.
I haven’t had enough of the classics yet. Here’s another typical formal hairstyle: the classic loose curls! This style is your go-to if you are in a hurry.
This is similar to the one I showed earlier, except it is for those who want straight hair. Again, remember to choose a stunning and remarkable hair clip.
Sit back and relax as I’m going to show you more DIYs. Check this one out, and try it as soon as you can. Do a simple braid on one side of your hair, and then have it in a ponytail.
Is your hair too long? This is almost the same as the one I showed before, except it is braided at the bottom. Oh, and the bangs gave a nice touch, huh. I’m still an absolute sucker for dyed bangs and I’d love to see a little color in there.
Another hairstyle you can do on your own. Start with small braids on both sides, then combine them in the middle. Twirl them a little, and don’t forget to seal.
Got short hair? No worries! There are formal hairstyles for you, too. Loose braid falling down at the side and then wavy curls at the end. Use a lovely clip for the final touch.
You can also go for tight and thin curls like this one. Clip a huge part of it on the side, so it will look like the two previous ones, except it’s curly. Choose a stunning clip, ok?
An updo in braids to create that mystic look. You can also add floral hair dresses or pearl add-ons to make your hair look more attractive.
The classic french braid looks too fab on this beautiful set. I must say, she chose a really beautiful hair dress.
I would love to wear this on a wedding occasion… either as a guest or as the bride. It has a simple appearance, but the clips are remarkable.
Oh, a stunning high updo for those who want to ooze with freshness and elegance. I love looking at women who wear this kind of hairstyle.
Lovely DIY formal up-style for those with long, thick hair. It looks so charming and graceful, won’t you agree?
It’s a bit messy, but I love it. The curls in the middle look like they form a flower, while the falling hair on the sides looks like veins in waves and twirls.
I believe you can try this hairstyle at home without the help of a stylist. Simply divide your hair into three and then braid each of them. Tie them in one ponytail, and you’re set!
Wow. I can’t express in words how impressed I am with this braid. It’s clearly the classic ponytail plait, but I still get amazed by how it’s done.
Top-wrapped high bun to make you look dignified and noble. Quite an easy hairstyle to accomplish on your own. Don’t forget the lovely bangs!
I agree with the artist that the classics will never go out of style no matter where and when. The french twist will always be elegant and fabulous.
Here’s an inspiration for those with super short hair. You can still enjoy a formal hairstyle even if your hair is not suitable for braids or buns.
The concept here is ‘ Old Holywood‘ clashing with ‘ Modern Glam‘. I can definitely see how conventional yet contemporary her appearance is.
Formal hairstyle ideas don’t have to be dull. You could take messy
blue and pink hair and put it into a quick updo. Instant formal look. Hopefully, this has given you some inspiration to work with and when you create something great, we want to see it! Our inspiration photos come from user submissions and open sources and we’ll always give credit. All of the fantastic styles belong to their respective owners. If we’ve got a credit wrong or you’d rather we don’t feature you – just drop us an email.