There are times when the temptation to cut your hair becomes difficult to ignore. And while this can certainly be the correct maneuver—aspirational abbreviated hairstyles abound—those on the fence would do well to test-drive the shift prior to lopping lengths. Enter Lili Reinhart, and an evening-ready updo that moonlights as a trompe l'oeil chop.
A Thursday night out in New York found the actress sweeping her baby blonde hair into a nape-of-the-neck knot defined by the strands liberated at the front. From Reinhart's center part (which featured a contrast of brunette roots) wavy locks sprung free to frame her face—enough, in fact, to mimic the effect of a long bob. A rim of gold shadow, long lashes, and a pink glossed lip made the could-be casual updo one worthy of a red carpet, but it was the tie-back's execution that carried the moment's main takeaway. Whether you're considering a holiday haircut or simply want to experience the appeal of abbreviation, letting layered lengths loose is the perfect place to start.
Originally Appeared on Vogue