It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when the choker began reigning supreme as the accessory of choice for the fashion world, but the main takeaway is that, for the foreseeable future, it’s here to stay. Luckily, the throwback staple has become decidedly more interesting than the braided elastic shape of years past, so to guide you through how to style your hair with what has become a vast sea of neck-adorning options, we tapped Clariss Rubenstein, stylist to Olivia Culpo, January Jones and Mindy Kaling. See Part I, The ’90s Flip and Part II, a Tousled, Twisted Braid. For the final installment of our take on styling the iconic choker trend, a Kendall Jenner inspired top knot.

TUTORIAL: THE WISPY TOP KNOT

STEP ONE
Start by dividing the hair into three sections. For the top section, start at your temples and create a triangular shape, with the point ending at the crown of your head. The bottom section is everything from the middle of your ears down, and the middle section is everything else before brushing.

STEP TWO
Spray a wax, like Unite’s Tricky Lite Finishing Spray, on to the middle section of your hair anywhere you see frizziness and flyaways to help create a smooth base.

STEP THREE
Using a Mason Pearson Brush, create a ponytail with the middle section of hair, placing it wherever you want the top knot to sit. Secure with an elastic, then repeat applying the spray wax to the top and bottom sections, adding both sections to the ponytail, and secure all three sections with a second elastic.

STEP FOUR
Grab the length of the ponytail and twist clockwise, rolling it on top of itself to create a bun shape around the center of the ponytail.

STEP FIVE
Secure with bobby pins that have been sprayed with dry shampoo for extra hold, and leave the last two inches of the ponytail out to give the look the wispy-effect

FASHION CREDITS

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Credits

Model
Ashleigh Austin [Newmark Models]
Photographer
Jin-Woo Prensena
Makeup
Hannah Biddle [Cargo Collective]
Hair
Clariss Rubenstein [TWG]