These stylish celebs prove that short and sweet is the way forward when it comes to gorgeous and distinctive hair… get us to a salon, now!
Long, luscious locks… every woman wants them, right? Wrong! These ladies, whose style choices span almost a hundred years, prove that a timeless gamine crop, pixie cut, swept-over fringe or short bob can look totally gorgeous and super-distinctive. Thinking of going for the chop? Take a look through our gallery of the most iconic celebrity short hairstyles ever for some serious style inspiration…
By Sarah Kershaw
She was the emblem of the Swinging ’60s, with her sleek blonde haircut, bambi legs and lashings of black mascara – Twiggy epitomises the gamine glamour of the short hairdo.
It was the ’80s, so massive bouffant hair with a flicky fringe (and frilly collar) were totes acceptable. Princess Diana always did it best though, leaving the other society beauties in her wake.
Before The Great Gatsby was even written, let alone filmed, ’20s screen icon Louise Brooks was inspiring Daisy’s close-cut flapper-girl look. This lady really knows how to rock a blunt fringe.
When legendary stylist Vidal Sassoon cropped Mia Farrow’s hair for the film Rosemary’s Baby in 1968, he made her a fully-fledged hair icon and it’s now one of the world’s best-remembered short cuts.
Maybe this now has a ring of Patricia Hodge about it, but conical-bra era Madonna definitely rocked this look first. Bleached, flicked off her face and paired with strong brows and lips, it certainly made a statement on her 1987 Material Girl tour.
She inspired Sienna Miller to sacrifice her own boho locks for the film Factory Girl, and was one of the ’60s’ most infamous party girls. Edie Sedgwick’s chic blonde pageboy coiff saw a lot of Warhol parties! And we think a certain Ms Delevingne may have been inspired by those dark brows…
US actress Clara Bow starred in 46 silent movies during the '20s and was even the inspiration for the phrase ‘It girl’. We like to think it was down to that dishevelled (and much-copied) finger-waved bob.
Oh Audrey, how much do we love you? An all-time screen icon, the actress first graced the silver screen in the '50s, when she was rocking this gamine Parisienne pixie cut in Roman Holiday. We reckon it rivals her Holly Golightly beehive any day…
The Pob was undoubtedly the late noughties’ biggest hair trend, and we couldn’t move for the short-at-the-back, long-at-the-front look. It’s flattering, grown-up and still looks just as good today – thanks, Victoria Beckham!
Whether she’s wearing it pink to suit her name or going for a more subtle platinum hue, Pink works a short style like no other. Let’s face it, long locks would just get in the way of all those on-stage acrobatics…
All-time rom-com queen Meg Ryan has gone for many a short bob over the years, from ruffled and curly to sleek and straight, but always epitomizing the girl-next-door charm that made her so famous. Now, where did we put those curling tongs?
Carrie cut off her curls! OK, so this isn’t strictly ‘short’, but it was a big on-screen departure from Ms Bradshaw’s previously wild mane, and, off-screen, marked a new phase for Sarah Jessica Parker as she was pregnant with son James Wilkie.
The undisputed queen of all that is stylish, US Vogue Editor Anna Wintour’s sharp, fringed bob is as instantly recognisable as a Louboutin red sole. Legend has it she gets it trimmed every day so it’s always en vogue. Need we say more?
OK, so this was for her role in 2005’s V For Vendetta… but we still think it’s an iconic short hairstyle and marks Natalie Portman out as a woman who’s determined to go for broke when it comes to her career. And, with a face that pretty, she gets away with it…
Her famous look may involve longer, mussed-up, rock chick locks, but Kate Moss's 2001 elfin look led to hordes of women heading to their hairdressers, magazine clippings in hand. That’s what happens when La Moss gets the chop.
At the height of Girls Aloud mania in 2008, Sarah’s sleek blonde ’do was much-copied by fans. It’s sexy and sultry – can we have one, too?
No Pirates Of The Caribbean ringlets here – Keira went short and sweet with this tousled ’do in 2005. We think it really highlights that famous face…
When it’s time to say goodbye to a role that’s defined your childhood, Emma Watson is the mistress of the reinvention. At the 2010 premiere of the last Harry Potter film, Emma had flashbulbs popping left, right and centre with her new cheeky crop. Hermione who?
When Agyness Deyn stormed onto the supermodel scene in 2007, bringing with her an ’80s revival that’s still going strong, this shiny platinum sweep-over spawned legions of tributes and made Aggy an icon.
OK, so it’s more of a short bob than a crop, but Alexa’s shaggy, don’t-care hair has become one of the most copied styles around – even 2013’s ‘Karlie Kloss crop’ is a version of Alexa’s laid-back 2008 style.
She’s come a long way since Dawson’s Creek! Michelle Williams’ name has become synonymous with great performances – and her gorgeous elfin haircut has become the mainstay of kooky, clever, cool girls everywhere.
Hair chameleon Ri-Ri has showcased everything from red curls to a long platinum mane with an edgy undercut, but we adore this pageboy crop. It’s sophisticated, healthy-looking and looks stunning with a red lip.
She’s everyone’s favourite new Girl on the block, and we think actress/writer Lena’s side-parted, ’20s-style crop suits her feisty personality much more than her Hannah Horvath bob.
The definitive maestro when it comes to modern short hair icons, Halle shows us that short can be very sweet indeed – and shows off her enviable cheekbones in the process.
At first, we were shocked. Then, we were awed. When Miley Cyrus showcased her ever-shortening new hair look, she well and truly cut ties with her Disney past. Now she’s rebellious, punky and definitely an individual. Miley, we salute you!
Not only is she one of the hippest indie actresses around (not to mention being sister to the delicious Jake), Maggie Gyllenhaal has recently been working a sophisticated gamine crop, just adding to her cool credentials.
Not only did she give herself a buzzcut for charity, Jessie J made it look cool in the process. Going platinum was a stroke of genius, and turns her into, as Carrie Bradshaw once said: “One of those fabulous bald women who’s all about the earrings”. We love the new look, Jessie!
She’s a national treasure and one of our all-time girl crushes, and Ms Mirren’s elegant grey sweep is age-appropriate while still staying nonchalantly cool, like the lady herself. All hail Helen…
He’s Just Not That Into You star Ginnifer Goodwin is one of Hollywood’s biggest short hair advocates, and always keeps it interesting by curling, mussing up, spiking and straightening her dark pageboy cut.
We know she’s added extensions since announcing her pregnancy in May 2013, but this soft, fringed cut will always be The Saturdays singer’s signature look for us. She’s certainly got the face to pull it off!
She’s a pop chameleon, belting out tearful ballads, sing-along soul and cool dub-step, but when it comes to her barnet, Emeli Sandé is nothing if not consistent. This bleached undercut quiff has helped make her one of our most-loved popstrels.
Any young actress trying to make it in Tinseltown could do worse than take a tip from Carey Mulligan – go for the chop and the roles will come flooding in! She’s made this cute crop her signature style – sometimes blonde, red-tinged or brunette, but always interesting and iconic.
We cried along with Anne Hathaway when she had her glossy locks hacked off in Les Misérables, but she’s definitely had the last laugh with this red carpet-worthy short ’do. It’s given her an extra shot of style and boosted her career up to the highest heights – heck, it’s even Oscar-winning!