The ‘Karlie’ Chop – Haircut of the Year?


It seems I’m not the only one feeling shorter hair these days. According to The New York Times, model Karlie Kloss’s new chop is the haircut of the year. Vogue declared it the “cut of the moment” in a four-page feature story in the January issue, saying “the season’s new hair is swingy, sexy — and refreshingly easy to wear.”

I adore it, but donning a chin-length cut in the past, I know they aren’t the easiest to style day in and day out. I’m not sure “refreshingly easy to wear” is completely accurate. What do you all think? I know that if my hair looked like that every day with minimal effort, I would do it in a second!

  1. Sarah | The Cyclist's Wife

    January 17, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    I don’t think “refreshingly easy to wear” is accurate either! I’m at that chin length now (growing a pixie out) and it requires a round brush and a blow dryer each morning. A pixie is easier. But, if you haven’t already pixied your hair, this might be a good in-between place to start.

  2. Julie

    January 17, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Most “refreshingly easy to wear” hair? Any length that can go in a ponytail or a ballet bun. Although her hair is so beautiful, I might need to step it up a little…

    • whoorl

      January 17, 2013 at 3:22 pm


  3. Jackie

    January 17, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Delurking to say that you seemed really unhappy the last time you cut your hair, but chin length is not the same as pixie…maybe you could try a cute pixie wig for a few days and see if you like the look? I wore a pixie for 10 years until my hair started thinning, and now it looks thicker if I wear it longer (chin length angled bob, naturally curly but I blow it out with some moroccanoil and a round brush – takes 10 minutes). But you can’t beat a pixie for ease of styling – clean, dirty, smooth, messy, it all works.

  4. Haley @ Cardigan Junkie

    January 17, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    When left to its own devices, my hair most certainly does not look like that at chin length but on her it looks so Paris-girl and not too perfect. Long hair is actually easiest for me since I can quickly heat style in the morning or do a messy bun after washing it at night.

  5. Cass

    January 17, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    I think you should go for the pixie, as well. This haircut is okay – but not really exciting. I love my hair in a pixie or quite long, but in between I just feel “meh.”

  6. Jessica

    January 17, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Isn’t it a bit early in the year to call it the cut of the year? I am not fashion smart though, so maybe I’m wrong? Having chin length hair is not terribly simple to style, and I even have curly hair.

  7. Annika

    January 17, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    My hair is similar to that, but jaw-length. I want to say it’s super-easy, but the truth is that I just don’t do anything with my hair, and sometimes it looks good and sometimes it doesn’t.

  8. Shannon

    January 17, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    LOVE that cut on her… but I think I love the idea of a pixie more. Every time I fall in love with a shorter cut like this and decide to go for it, I end up feeling less “chic Parisian” and more “perky”… and I have no idea how to prevent that.

    The pixie is just plain super-chic…and you could always grow it out into this or Lady Mary’s new cut later!

    • Jennifer

      January 17, 2013 at 5:41 pm

      @shannon! Perky…. you are totally correct. I tried to get the Alexa Chung cut and I looked like a mom with bangs!!!

  9. Ginger

    January 17, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Short hair (pixie and bib) requires so much maintenance. Anyone that has done the big chop can tell you that.

  10. kevin

    January 17, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Since my wife has hair that is almost identical to Sarah’s as a husband and apparently the only male following this blog I have two things to say. Personally I think that in 90% of cases long hair looks better. Sarah has buy in for the pixie from the hubby which other than herself is the only opinion that should matter other than her own of course. If growing that out took weeks I’d even tell my wife to give it a try, but unfortunately if you want long hair again it is probably going to take 2 years to get the hair back that Sarah has now so you better be certain you want to be without the long hair for a long time. If you chop it I’ll be interested it how it looks, but I doubt I’ll ever recommend it to my wife. Good luck.

    • Lori

      January 18, 2013 at 1:53 pm

      LOL…Men ALWAY like long hair….

      • Lori

        January 18, 2013 at 1:53 pm

        LOL…Men ALWAYS like long hair….

  11. Tamara

    January 17, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Having myself had every hair length under the sun, I do have to caution against a pixie unless you are REALLY, REALLY into the idea and see yourself having it for the long haul. The problem with a pixie cut isn’t the pixie cut itself (that part is wonderful and easy and fun and liberating as you imagine it will be). The issue is that 1) you have to get your hair cut about ten times more often than with longer hair and 2) it’s a real bear to grow it out. I mean, really, really awful. You’ll spend about six months to a year hating your hair every single day. There is a reason that nobody really has in-between length hair, and that’s because it’s terrible. Everyone is pretending that there’s only one increment between a chin-length bob and a pixie cut, when in actuality there is about six different stages of mullet between those two cute stages. Nota bene, I guess. For the record, your hair makes everyone on the internets gasp with envy already, so maybe don’t mess with a great thing?

  12. Mel

    January 17, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Okay, been mulling this over. I have a pixie. I had shoulder length naturally curly hair that just “hung” there. I love my pixie, I think it flatters me best. It has to be super short to be easy, otherwise it is more work than my med length wash-and-go hair. I have to wonder Miss Sarah James, if you chop off your famous locks, would you book as many on-camera gigs. I know that hair length shouldn’t matter, but in the world of film it seems that it might. Just a thought. You are a gorgeous woman (duh) who could wear any length and look incredible. Your husband knows this. Good luck and have fun! Can’t wait to see what you decide. I love that Kevin up there^ put in his two cents. Rock on Kev.

  13. Erica W

    January 18, 2013 at 6:39 am

    I have a chin-length bob and while it’s not wash-and-wear I can get it looking decent (and similar to photo) with minimal effort. My hair is wavy and decently thick. After I wash it I can either let it air-dry for a couple of hours or blow-dry it right away. Once it’s dry I take the straightener and curl a few pieces here and there. Mostly the front and enough of the top layer to give it an overall curly/wavy look. The trick was using the straightener for the curls and only curling the top layer. I tried so many times with a curling iron and it just wasn’t doing it but the straightener makes looser, less defined curls that are more reminiscent of the above picture. I’m not sure if what I described was ‘minimal’ enough but for me it’s much less work than straightening the whole deal.

  14. Christina

    January 18, 2013 at 7:16 am

    This post isn’t helping me with my hair appointment tomorrow morning!!! I have been growing it since I was pregnant (she is about to be 2…) and it is finally bra strap length, the longest is has EVER been as an teenager or an adult. I always go back a forth trying to decide between letting it grow longer and going back some sort of bob. The above picture does not make the choice easier!

    Truth is…it takes much less time for me to do my hair now that it did when it was in some sort of bob.

  15. Joy

    January 18, 2013 at 9:47 am

    I love hearing everyone’s experiences in growing out their hair. I have hair the length of yours, Sarah, and I only wish mine looked like yours. I have to (ok, don’t HAVE to, but I do) dye my hair because I went prematurely gray in my mid-30s. If I had your color and thickness, I would never cut it (I swoon at your Pantene commercial). Of course I’m partial to long hair, so that’s just my two cents. However, you do have gorgeous features so I’m sure you could rock a pixie like no one’s business.

    I, too, can’t wait to see what you decide.