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ARE PIGTAILS BACK?

With the style all over the catwalks of Paris, FEMAIL find out if grown ups can EVER pull off the trend… and discover it should stay in the schoolyard
Pigtail hairstyles have made a comeback at Paris Fashion Week
Models walking for Chanel and Miu Miu recently wore the schoolgirl style
FEMAIL decided to see if grown-ups can pull the look off on the street
The reaction was mixed – from concerned and puzzled to very amused
Celebrity hairstylists say the look needs to be tweaked to be wearable
They need to be messy, low and non-traditional to be consumer-friendly

Pigtails are a style traditionally reserved for the playground.

But thanks to Paris Fashion Week, the humble childhood hairstyle has transitioned onto the runway – but with a futuristic and stylish twist.
Following the do’s apparent resurgence, FEMAIL decided to see whether adults really can sport pigtails off the runway and revive the look we thought we’d left far behind.

Back to school: Pigtails were spotted at Paris Fashion Week worn by models walking for Chanel and Miu Miu

Back to school: Pigtails were spotted at Paris Fashion Week worn by models walking for Chanel and Miu Miu

Schoolgirl chic: Models walking for Miu Miu (pictured) rocked Alice head bands with their long low pigtails

Schoolgirl chic: Models walking for Miu Miu (pictured) rocked Alice head bands with their long low pigtails

'I’m on pigtail trend alert and embracing it': Celebrity hairstylist Anthony Nader says he's a fan of the look

‘I’m on pigtail trend alert and embracing it’: Celebrity hairstylist Anthony Nader says he’s a fan of the look

Models walking for Chanel recently donned low, pulled back pigtails clipped with metallic bows – giving them a feminine, modern and sophisticated look, while the Miu Miu ladies rocked tight low pigtails paired with Alice head bands.
‘Who would of thought some of the most noted hairstylists in the world would all have the same idea and at the same time?’ Celebrity hairstylist and RAW salon founder Anthony Nader told FEMAIL.

‘There has to be a trend here readers, I’m on pigtail trend alert and embracing it – worn the right way, I am a fan.’
So after securing our locks in simple low pigtails and ribbons, we went about our days and observed the reactions of both our colleagues and the public.

Street friendly? The FEMAIL team took the the streets of Sydney in pigtails to gauge the reaction of the public

Street friendly? The FEMAIL team took the the streets of Sydney in pigtails to gauge the reaction of the public

'Too schoolgirl': While some were amused by the look, others suggested it was too childish and were bemused

‘Too schoolgirl’: While some were amused by the look, others suggested it was too childish and were bemused

Puzzled: Many made comments about our childish locks as they walked by, others laughed and some didn't notice us at all

Puzzled: Many made comments about our childish locks as they walked by, others laughed and some didn’t notice us at all

Within minutes our locks garnered a mixed reaction – predominantly confusion and amusement and some not noticing at all.
‘Too schoolgirl,’ one colleague said, with another adding, ‘no, no, no, I really don’t know how I feel about that at all.’

CELEB HAIR STYLIST AND OWNER OF RAW SALONS, ANTHONY NADAR, SAYS:
I must say I thought these 2015 shaped pigtails were super cool and quite chic.

Don’t secure your pigtails any higher than your nape area otherwise people will think you’ve come off the basketball court and little do they know you’ve been in the board room all day
Ditch the metal accessories and I would suggest slipping on a fun coloured Pucci inspired print scarf or even the ever so classic wide black headband
To sex it up – instead of going for the grungy middle part, sweep your hair to the side and keep the front looking a little more soft and textured
Keep more movement in the hair and the look will be less dramatic Don’t make it over contrived, keep it a little messy.

Schoolgirl or chic? FEMAIL revived their favourite childhood hairstyle - the pigtail - to mirror the runway trends seen at Paris Fashion Week

Schoolgirl or chic? FEMAIL revived their favourite childhood hairstyle – the pigtail – to mirror the runway trends seen at Paris Fashion Week

‘There’s something not quite right about that look,’ another said, ‘it looks like a year five school photo.’
But between the occasional chuckles, smiles, lingering stares and countless double takes, it seemed most people were neither impressed or too concerned by our appearance.
While our flowing coloured ribbons weren’t quite the large metal clips spotted on the runway, members of the public were more bemused than anything – much to our disappointment.

'I really don't know how I feel about that': Comments suggested people are yet to catch on to the new trend

‘I really don’t know how I feel about that’: Comments suggested people are yet to catch on to the new trend

Fancy dress? Some suggested we were dressing up while others were surprised we had pigtails in the office

Fancy dress? Some suggested we were dressing up while others were surprised we had pigtails in the office

On the commute home, fellow travellers and friends were more vocal.
‘Are you heading to a fancy dress event or something?’ One asked.
‘Why is your hair like that,’ one laughed, ‘didn’t you have work today?’
For a high-end trend, it was far from the reaction we had expected, perhaps due styling our pigtails the only way we knew how – simple and classic.

'Sex it up': Mr Nader said to avoid the classic look and focus on being a little less dramatic, messier and avoid the 'contrived' look in order to keep the style consumer friendly and wearable

‘Sex it up’: Mr Nader said to avoid the classic look and focus on being a little less dramatic, messier and avoid the ‘contrived’ look in order to keep the style consumer friendly and wearable

Fashion-forward: While the style is certainly coming back - a modern twist on the traditional style is crucial in keeping it fresh and chic off the runway

Fashion-forward: While the style is certainly coming back – a modern twist on the traditional style is crucial in keeping it fresh and chic off the runway

‘To bring your pigtails back into a more consumer friendly look and to sex it up – instead of going for the grungy middle part, sweep your hair to the side and keep the front looking a little more soft and textured – rather than slicked down,’ Mr Nader said.
‘Keep more movement in the hair and the look will be less dramatic – I’m a fan of the pigtail, just remember – to make it WEARABLE just don’t make it over contrived, keep it a little messy.’
So while the pigtail is certainly becoming more grown-up appropriate, our traditional schoolgirl approach didn’t quite hit the mark in the consumer world this time around.

By Laura House for DAILY MAIL Australia