The Retro Bob: A Year-Long Look

The Retro Bob: A Year-Long Look

retro bob – back in fashion?
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Retro looks are interesting because they evoke a vintage feeling that somehow still feels trendy. The retro bob is a great example of this. Sophisticated, simple, modern, and vintage, all at the same time, a retro bob will turn heads while also still fitting right in.

You may even be surprised by how stylish a retro bob looks; ’60s and ’70s-style haircuts have been coming back into vogue recently, but the retro bob never really left. It just hid in the shadows, waiting to be rediscovered.

The fashion world has rediscovered this beautiful hair style, and you can absolutely benefit from utilizing it. Here are six reasons the retro bob will never really go out of style.

1. It’s not too Retro

Retro hairstyles are great, but some people don’t immediately want to be noticed as having one. Victory rolls and huge updos are likely to immediately be noticed as a retro throwback. Although this can be great for some people, it’s not ideal for others.

The “undercover retro” look is a hit with many, and a bob is the perfect way to achieve that.

2. It’s Trendy, yet Unique

You don’t want a hairstyle that’s too ordinary, but at the same time, you don’t want to stick out like a sore thumb. Retro bobs, with their understated charm, fit right in the middle.

With a retro bob, you’ll often get comments on your hairstyle that don’t mention how aggressive people find it, which is exactly what most want in a style.

3. It’s Low Maintenance

Bobs in general are fairly low maintenance, and that’s part of their charm. Sure, to get a beachy, flowy look, you’ll have to give it a little bit of care in the morning. However, that’s pretty much it. If you’re running late for work, you just have to run a brush through it.

Lots of retro looks need constant maintenance that involves bobby pins and hairspray. Retro bobs work for themselves.

4. It Goes with Anything

If you’re wearing victory rolls, you’re not usually going to want to pair them with a band t-shirt and ripped jeans. However, a retro bob doesn’t tie you to the past. You can wear whatever you want with a retro bob; it’s perfect for all styles and seasons.

This also means it works well with just about any hair type and color. For limp hair, give it a little tousle with mousse and you’re good to go. If you have curly hair, take advantage of it and give yourself a vintage wavy look. If you have straight hair, use those sharp lines to make a statement. It’s truly perfect for anyone’s hair.

5. It Has Many Variations

There’s no one way to do a vintage bob. Often, what people think of when they think of a vintage bob is a gently wavy bob parted to one side. While that’s certainly an option, it’s far from the only one.

Vintage bobs can be wavy and loose, but they can also be extremely strict and sharp. In fact, the sharp look is one that was very much in style back in the day. You can also push the limits with an asymmetrical bob that’s almost an undercut. It’s an easily moldable hairstyle, and that’s part of its charm.

6. It Dresses up or Down

different settings for retro bob
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A mohawk isn’t going to go very well with a formal gown, but a bob will. A ’70s updo won’t work very well with your concert wear, but a bob will.

No matter where you’re going or what you’re doing, a vintage bob will stay right alongside you. With all the different vintage bob styles available, you can make sure your bob matches your own personal style. It’s the perfect option: silly when you want it and serious when you need it.

Bobs have been in style for quite a long time, and they don’t seem to be going away anytime soon. Their styles, however, have changed subtly over the years, and a retro bob is a good way to stand out from the modern-day bobs you see frequently.

With a retro bob, you can take a bit of a leap. However, you don’t necessarily want to take that huge leap with no guidance.

If you want a professional retro bob, look no further than an Ogle School salon. You’ll get a professional cut, framed perfectly for your face.

About the Author

Jeff Chiarelli
Jeff Chiarelli is the Head of Marketing for Ogle School. His responsibilities include leading Ogle School's marketing and branding strategy to amplify Ogle School's passion for helping create future beauty professionals in the communities Ogle School serves.