Stars like Hailee Steinfeld, Felicity Jones, Stacy Keibler, and Beyonce are embracing braids for fall and experimenting with a range of creative styles. “I was going to do a [braided] headband, but then I thought, ‘I have the hair to do it without the headband,’” Steinfeld told InStyle.com of the small hairline plait she wore to a Chanel dinner in Los Angeles last night. “I haven’t done anything like this before—I love it!” Meanwhile, hairstylist Marcus Francis gave Like Crazy star Felicity Jones a roughed-up, fishtail braid earlier this week. “I loosened the braid by gently pulling apart each side to widen it and bring out the flyaways,” he told us. “It helps to soften a structured look.” A cascading braid like Keibler’s is ideal for formal events, while a simple side braid like Beyonce’s is always classic and ultra easy. For more of the most memorable hairstyles of the year, click through the gallery! 

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— Hannah Morrill, with reporting by Kwala Mandel