Borne of necessity, the ponytail often gets a bad wrap for being a sloppy solution for second day hair, a humid day or a trip to the gym. Lately, however, we have been seeing stylish ponytails wagging down runways and red carpets and we wanted to share some of our most favorite looks with you. 

When sporting a ponytail, the key is to find the most complementary placement and style for your face. Middle parts and slicked-back locks are certainly not for everyone! Play with it and find your sweet spot when it comes to height then determine if you want something fierce (think: high and tight), or something more romantic that’s low, loose and wavy. Careful consideration will make the style look thoughtful and intentional; a ponytail with a purpose, if you will. So, whether you wear it high, low, to one side, curly, straight, flipped through, tucked under, wrapped, teased, super-slick or messy, own it, ladies!

However you wag, you will probably need some product, so be sure to arm yourself with the necessities like gel, hairspray, bobby pins, a teasing brush and holder of choice. Speaking of… Don’t let your ponytail be the butt of any jokes, either! Leave that scrunchie that you use when washing your face in the privacy of your boudoir. Instead, opt for a less conspicuous hair tie or something with a more fashionable flair like an edgy metal barrette, a preppy, spring silk scarf or a jeweled broach for an evening look.

It’s true, these ‘tails are as old as time but  when executed thoughtfully they can breathe new life into your hot weather hairstyle rotation in a very haute, high-style way. Finally, here are some of our favorite ponytail looks from around the web:

Love the look of this wrapped pony tail from Cult Beauty

Love the look of this wrapped ponytail from Cult Beauty

 

Taylor's ties one on with an evening gown! Low and to the side is how she likes it shown here on Harper's Bazaar online

Taylor’s ponytail ties one on with an evening gown! Low and to the side is how she likes it, shown here on Harper’s Bazaar online

 

Double the trouble with these high and tight tails with bouncy flipped out ends from longhairstyles.com

Double the trouble with these high and tight ponytails with bouncy flipped out ends from longhairstyles.com

Lela Rose's Spring/Summer 2013 runway look from StyleBistro.com has me doing a double take. Models donned this hairstyle with everything from ball gowns to day wear. We like that it looks thoughtfully “done”, without being over-done and stuffy. Great option for second-day hair!

Lela Rose’s Spring/Summer 2013 runway look from StyleBistro.com has me doing a double take. Models donned this hairstyle with everything from ball gowns to day wear. We like that it looks thoughtfully “done,” without being over-done and stuffy. Great option for second-day hair!

A pretty pouf from Pinterest. http://pinterest.com/pin/280138039292917231/

A pretty pouf from Pinterest, which has some major teasing going on.

 

Gwyneth always gets it right. Her low, loose yet sleek look is seen here in the pages of Vogue

Gwyneth always gets it right. Her low, loose yet sleek look is seen here in the pages of Vogue.

 

A runway look from Etro S/S13 fashion shows. This fresh take on the sometimes preppy pony tail incorporates long black ribbons tied around long, back combed, slick, straight, blunt cut tails with a nod to the orient. By pulling lose one side of the “bow” it makes them not so sweet but oh so stylish.

A runway look from Etro S/S13 fashion shows. This fresh take on the sometimes preppy ponytail incorporates a long black ribbon tied around a backcombed, slick, straight, blunt cut ponytail with a nod to the Orient. Pulling lose one side of the “bow” makes it not so sweet but oh, so stylish.

 

Clip back strands like Ellie Saab's models sashaying down the runway who sported deep side parts and sleek, low pony tails secured with thin metal barrettes created just for the show. This is something anyone can do and Saab proves the graceful ‘do can compliment a sundress or evening gown!

Clip back strands like Ellie Saab‘s models, who sashayed down the runway sporting deep side parts and sleek, low ponytails secured with thin metal barrettes created just for the show. This is something anyone can do and Saab proves the graceful ‘do can complement a sundress or evening gown!

 

Or flip it through like we used to do as seen on Claiming What is Not Yours http://claimingwhatisnotyours.tumblr.com/post/30914840458

Remember doing this? Flip it through for old time’s, sake as seen on Claiming What is Not Yours

 

Beyonce's Grammy winning look from handbag.com features slick, smooth locks secured tightly at the nape of her neck. A portion of her pony tail is then used to cover the pony tail holder by wrapping it around and securing with bobby pins and finished with lots of hair spray.

Beyonce’s Grammy winning look from handbag.com features slick, smooth locks secured tightly at the nape of her neck. A portion of her ponytail is then used to cover the ponytail holder by wrapping it around and securing with bobby pins and finishing with lots of hair spray.

 

Jessica Chastain's romantic ponytail seen on Harper's Bazaar http://www.harpersbazaar.com/beauty/hair-articles/kate-beckinsale-high-best-celebrity-ponytails#slide-6

Jessica Chastain’s romantic ponytail seen on Harper’s Bazaar begins with waves and volume.

Thank you for joining us for a few Pony Tales, just in time for hot summer weather!