All three women above are beautiful and elegant – and they all have some sort of bob. In the middle, you see Patricia Arquette with the original and classic bob. All the hair is one length.
Gwyneth Paltrow’s bob (at left) is the American and British version, and it’s a takeoff on the Vidal Sassoon look – longer in the front and shorter in the back. Heidi Klum‘s bob is in the French style and has pointy layering that frames the face.
Which hairstyle is best for you?
The classic bob is a little dated looking, even though it remains popular. If you have any shortcoming around the jawline or chin, don’t go for a bob this short, because it draws attention to the chin and will make it look longer and/or or more pointy. It’s better to do the classic, one-length bob in a shoulder-length style.
My favorite bob is the French version, right, because it frames the face so beautifully and looks the most natural. If you want to make your face look like a perfect oval, this is the style for you. It can be worn with or without bangs/fringes, but the angled side-part bangs look great with this bob.
The English bob, left, looks much more stylized, so it doesn’t shout “natural.” It works best with hair that is straight with good body so that it doesn’t look stringy. Unless you have very good features, this may not be your best choice. If your face is very angular or pointy, this style will accentuate the fact.