To wit: the New York Times has championed topknots, a “cool girl’s take on the informal ponytail.”
I couldn’t agree more; I’ve been wearing topknots, on and off, for the last 20 years, depending on the length of my hair. (And no, I'm not stuck in a style rut!!)
I love the look when it’s messy (I like tight topknots only on ballerinas), but I do have one caveat: the casual topknot must be worn without tendrils above the ears, lest one resemble Miss Kitty on Gunsmoke.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that—if you’re Miss Kitty.
Or Bridget Hanley on Here Come the Brides (shown here with Bobby Sherman to the left; be still my Grade-One-girl’s heart).
I love the height that a topknot brings (I’m 5’10” in heels; must be almost 6 feet in a topknot!) as well as its insouciant chic. For me, imperfection is perfection, and this look provides a desirable mix of mess and polish.
Kind of like chipped nails.