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Move your bun: The top knot makes the scene

August 5, 2010 |  2:45 pm

KR It's a perennial on fashion runways, but the high-and-tight top knot isn't usually found on red carpets — or on the streets of L.A.

But that's where we've been spying the ballet-inspired 'do recently. And like the long, roughed-up side braid of spring, it's quickly becoming the coif of the season.

Kate Bosworth, Keri Russell and January Jones are among the celebs who've opted for the knot recently. Local stylist Ronit Nabi wore the 'do at her swanky nuptials last month and we've been seeing fashion-forward girls from Silver Lake to Venice sporting the style.

What's the appeal? For starters, it highlights bone structure beautifully, and lends your face a little lift when hair is pulled back tightly (as it should be). It's also seriously elegant and wildly versatile; leave the ends loose and tendril-y for a look that suits cut-offs and tees, or rock a super-smooth top knot for evening.

It's also incredibly easy to concoct, assuming you have medium to long hair. Simply pull your hair into a high ponytail, then wind it around the elastic (how flat or high you want to go is up to you) and secure with a few bobby pins at the base. For extra polish, smooth a dab of hair paste or gel into the roots to tame fly-aways. Voila, instant elegance.

-- Emili Vesilind

Photo: Keri Russell gets knot-ty. Credit: Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images