Style File – Hair Chop

My hair has been getting long, or at least long for me. It’s very fine, which causes it to tangle throughout the day and look a bit ragged. Not exactly a professional look. When you work in higher ed and already look younger than your age, having messy hair only encourages getting mistaken for an undergrad.

I scheduled my chop for this past Friday. I missed having short hair and was in the mood to do something completely different.

'To Bob or Not to Bob,' Life magazine cover, 1921

Also, I’ve been reading a lot about the 1920s (more on that tomorrow). The more I read about chic, American women living in Paris with their short hair, the shorter I wanted to go. Bobbing of hair in the 1920s is probably over romanticized today, but, oh well, I’m totally caught up in allure of the liberated, glamorous hairstyle.

'The Revenge of Samson,' La Vie Parisienne magazine cover, May 1924

Above is my before shot taken just minutes before I left for the salon. It makes me cringe just remembering how bad it had gotten.

And below is my after shot. Short and chic. I love it! The people who worked in the salon kept asking me, wasn’t your hair long when you came in? Yes, yes it was. I love the drama of a long to short chop.

And the 1920s is influencing more than just my hair right now. Friday after the cut, I wore a sweater and dress combination by Elsa Esturgie, a French designer, and my beat-up Nine West black flats. The silhouette reminisces of the dropped waist, boxy cut from the 1920s.

It’s such a relief to loose all that hair and have a completely new style. This isn’t the shortest haircut I’ve ever had, but it’s probably the second shortest. I keep catching glimpses of myself in the mirror and doing double takes.

photos by Travis Haughton – Wasabi Photography


  1. I love it! You know I’m a fan of short hair anyway, and this looks fantastic on you. I think it’s interesting that it’s already influencing how you dress – I definitely found myself dressing differently when I had an extremely short crop compared to when it was long. I was put off by girlish or ladylike styles and found myself choosing more masculine pieces or interesting combinations. I did feel the need to wear a bit more makeup though, just to avoid looking like an actual boy.

    Fun times ahead!

  2. Amanda says:

    Wow, you are one brave girl. And glamorous too. It suits you very well, frames your face and goes with your features.
    I don’t think I could ever go that short… my hair is curly and fuzzy and my face is round-ish, and my skin gets blemishes more often than not, so in a way I am jealous. I already have trouble finding someone who can cut curly hair properly, and that is just for getting the bad ends away.

  3. Emilia Jane says:

    Love the short hair on you girl!!

  4. Maggie says:

    Wow! Very dramatic and stylish. I like the asymmetry in front.

    I’m trying to decide if I should get mine chopped again… though “short” for me is about chin-length, LOL.

  5. Liz F says:

    AH! Love love love!! You look so chic and modern!

  6. Elissa says:

    You’re gorgeous! I love it! The cut shows off your pretty neck :)

  7. Liz says:

    Hooray! Looks awesome, and I’m supremely jealous. I find that I dress according to my hair length, too!

  8. Karen says:

    It looks really great. Not too many people can pull off long and short hair.

  9. Trillium says:

    You look a lot like Janet now.

  10. jacqueline says:

    Thank you everyone for your very nice compliments! You are all so sweet.

  11. Jo says:

    Love! You seem made for short, sassy hair.

  12. Carrie says:

    Very late to the punch, but I just wanted to say that I love the cut! It looks great on you!

  13. miss alix says:

    I’m only just seeing this post now, but I love it. It really suits you.

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