Did you know that Kate Middleton is now the most influential beauty icon in the U.K.? It’s no wonder that I’ve noticed an increased interest in in half up hairstyles. After all, the Duchess is pretty fond of them. And why wouldn’t she be? Polished and feminine, half up styles combine the best of both (hair) worlds. You can enjoy the polished “done” vibe of an updo and the sexy look of hair that is down at the same time. While half up styles are great for any season, I love them in summer because they really nicely balance spaghetti-straps, tanks, and strapless tops and dresses. And because they straddle the line between casual and formal, they work perfectly for summer events, which tend to me more laid back. Click through the slideshow for 25 gorgeous ways to rock the trend.
25 Gorgeous Half Up Half Down Hairstyles 1 of 26
Vintage Half Up 2 of 26
Use a simple old-fashioned technique to create this vintage style with a modern twist.
Watch the video on Bobby Glam.
Half Up Braided Crown 3 of 26
I can imagine wearing this braided half up style to all sorts of casual summer events from picnics to concerts in the park.
Found on A Cup of Joe.
Celtic Knot 4 of 26
Create an intricate knot to make your half up more special. This one looks tricky to master but the result is worth the effort.
Get the how-to on Twist Me Pretty.
Sleek Half-Up with Braid 5 of 26
This clean half up style is made even prettier with a small braid on one side.
The tutorial is on My Shine Project.
Half-Up Braided Flower 6 of 26
A braided band that is wound into a flower is a perfect summer hairstyle.
Learn how to recreate the look at How-to Hair Girl.
Cascading Half Updo 7 of 26
Tie your hair back, literally, with this cute knotted style.
Found on Refinery29.
Braided Half Up 8 of 26
This pretty style is a unique take on the braided half-up with a teased crown and 2 braids.
Check out the video on Barefoot Blonde.
Overlapping Half-Up Half-Down 9 of 26
Overlapping strands make this a half up style a little bit fancier and it's easy to create.
Found on Makeup Geek.
Half Up Hair Bow 10 of 26
A pretty bow is a super pretty and girly style that would be great for any summer event.
Get the tutorial on New Trend Whore.
Half French Braid 11 of 26
This super pretty braided half up style is super easy to create.
Learn how on Parlor.
Perfect Holiday Hair 12 of 26
A teased half up style with a braid accent has a vintage feel and would be great for dressier occasions.
Check it out on A Beautiful Mess.
Casual Half-Up Hair Tutorial 13 of 26
Keep it simple and pretty with this casual half up style. Try adding an embellished barrette for fancier occasions.
Found on The Small Things.
Bridget Bardot Hair 14 of 26
Channel sexy Bridget Bardot with this hot half up hairstyle.
Get the how-to on Shabby Apple a Day.
The Half and Half 15 of 26
You don't have to be the bride to want to look elegant at a wedding or other event. This simple half up is stunning.
Get inspired at Martha Stewart Weddings.
Half Up Fishtail Braid 16 of 26
Go boho chic with this pretty, messy half up â€˜do. Flowy skirt optional.
Found on Alex Crabtree's Hair and Makeup Blog.
Simple 3 Twists Hairstyle 17 of 26
Get your hair out of your face with this beautiful twisted half up style. It's a lot easier than it looks!
Check it out at The Mother Huddle.
Waterfall Braid 18 of 26
Waterfall braids look so complex but they are really easy to do. If you can French braid, you can create this gorgeous half up hairstyle.
Get the step-by-step at Total Beauty.
Blogger Copycats 19 of 26
This simple half up hairdo is adorable and easy for carefree summer days.
Check it out on Delusions of Grandeur.
Romantic Half Up Half Down 20 of 26
This beautiful half up style is soft, feminine and a little reminiscent of Downton Abbey.
Watch the video at EBeauty Blog.
Half Up Twist 21 of 26
Twisting hair back is a super easy way to create a casual half up style.
Learn how to do it at Casey Leigh.
Half Up Half Down 22 of 26
I love the placement of this gorgeous twisted half up hairstyle.
Get the tutorial at OnceWed.
Rosette Half Up 23 of 26
Pretty spirals reminiscent of flowers make this romantic half updo super special.
Get the tutorial on Sidewalk Ready.
Plain Jane 24 of 26
Sometimes a simple, clean hairstyle is exactly what you need.
Learn more at Twist Me Pretty.
Messy Rope Braids Half Up 25 of 26
I love the pretty boho feel of these loose waves and pinned braids.
Found on Love Maegan.
Pretty Spring Half Do 26 of 26
This awesome and unique half up style would be gorgeous in any season.
Watch the tutorial video at Bubz Beauty.