Summer’s lean toward insouciance is no excuse to skimp on the glamour. Just ask Gabrielle Union, who readied for an evening out in Los Angeles by pulling her hair into a low-slung ponytail defined by its drama. Combed tight from a center part and secured at the nape of the neck, Union's tie-back billowed between her shoulder blades, leaving all frontal focus to fall on a preternaturally luminous complexion supplemented by a lash-laden smoky eye (and, of course, her dress emblazoned with husband Dwyane Wade’s face).
But back to the ponytail: Union's natural texture created a triangular silhouette, her mane widening and increasing in volume as it inched toward her waist. And rather than allowing the entire style to skew untouched, the actress opted to top things off with a leather headband wrapped tautly around the crown before snaking at the pony's base. All other accessories—save for a simple set of studs—were rendered superfluous, resulting in a moment that drew its power from organic texture and lit-from-within skin. And what screams summertime louder than that?
Originally Appeared on Vogue