Amanda Seyfried, Blake Lively and More Stars Give Braids the Red Carpet Treatment (PHOTOS)

By: Kristin Koch / January 3, 2013

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No need to get a blowout for cocktail party invite that comes your way this year. Opt for a trendy braid for a no fuss, sexy soiree hairstyle.

The answer to hot party hair in minutes (no shower or blowdryer required): This back-pocket style is trendy, chic and stays put on the dance floor — and it’s one of the hottest red carpet hair trends.

To give this middle school ‘do a chic update, just take a cue from its celebrity fan club, including Amanda Seyfried and Blake Lively.

From the fishtail pony to a braided updo, these celeb-inspired styles will take your hair from drab to red carpet-ready.

Whether you want to rock a boho braid, bring the fishtail back, or give a basic braid a chic update, we’ll show you how to pull off the hottest braided ‘dos straight from the red carpet.

Click through our gallery to find out how to pull off the red carpet’s hottest braided hairstyles.

What do you think of this middle school throwback? Are braids a trend to try or pass by? Share your take on the trend below.

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