I don't know what's wrong with the world these days - somehow one of the most innocent of hairstyles (pigtails) has turned into one of the 'sexiest'. I use that term loosely because this is according to various mens magazines and action flicks, as I think the cast of Sucker Punch took all of my elementary school yearbooks and mimicked my plaid skirt-and-pigtails look, though I wore comparatively fewer (i.e. none) bustiers than they do.
That's something best not thought about - I prefer to think of pigtails in the way that I used to wear them, before they were taken over by whorish Catholic schoolgirls (the ones in costumes, not the actual girls!) every Halloween. When the style was sweet and innocent, and the girl wearing them looked like she smelled like daisies and pet kittens all day and drank apple juice on her swing set.
And yes, I think that all of these things are connected in some vast mutually inclusive phenomenon.
So here I celebrate the bygone innocence of the pigtails. I hope you all whip your hair back and forth in fond remembrance
Brooke Shields was quite the 'pretty baby' in pigtails as a young teen model (Was that allusion creepy? My b.)
Pigtails go high fashion
One of the official arbiters of pigtailed cool, Judy Garland as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz
The adorable Natalie Wood gets back into touch with her former child starlet roots when she does the look in the late 60s
Always one to try every trend (and do each look completely over-the-top) Veruschka rocks waist-long locks
A young Brigitte Bardot in braids - it's such a treat to see her so carefree and goofy here!
Zooey Dechanel often pulls her hair into low pigtails for a cute carefree look on the red carpet, though always manages to blow all the other primped girls out of the water
Drew Barrymore is probably the only thirtysomething woman in the world who can still pull off pigtails and a peace sign and still look adorable
Britney Spears (my role model in the late 1990s) first made it big in the video for "... Baby One More Time." While wearing pigtails. Coincidence? I think not
Anna Karina in two different films (Une Femme Est Une Femme and Bande a part) sporting not just similar expressions but also similar hairstyles
Audrey Hepburn got all the men while in her pigtails - George Peppard in Breakfast at Tiffany's and Gary Cooper in Love in the Afternoon
Marianne Faithfull does little to dispel that former convent girl image while holding daisies and sporting pigtails
Brigitte Bardot pairs her pigtails with ribbons and bows - how cute!
A scene from Sedmikrásky (aka Daisies)
Pattie Boyd poses in braids alongside Samantha Juste, and strikes a pigtailed pose by herself
Kate Moss channels a late 90s Lolita in this Ellen von Unwerth photo shoot
Perhaps her penchant for adorable pigtails was among the reasons why Serge Gainsbourg named France Gall the 'French Lolita'
Nastassja Kinski first shot to superstardom as the teenaged love interest of Roman Polanski. Which has nothing to do with her wearing pigtails here
Pigtails were the go-to style for Marilyn Monroe on the set of The Misfits
Françoise Hardy makes a rare change from her usual muss-free style, ditching her long hanging locks for them tied back in ribbons
Raquel Welch works the look throughout the sixties
Sucker Punch starlet Emily Browning
She doesn't look old enough to be a 'Mama' - Michelle Philips sings with her band in an innocent look
Sylvie Vartan makes the style look somehow more badass than one would think bright blonde pigtails would allow (I think it's her crossed arms and slight resting bitch face)
Penelope Tree makes the 'do look anything but plain
Both Theodora Richards and Lizzie Jagger are equal parts Rolling Stone and supermodel (Theo by dad Keith and mom Patti Hansen, Lizzie by papa Mick and mama Jerry Hall), so of course they'd look rock'n'roll hot in pigtails and Terry Richardson-style glasses
Title: from "Pigtails and Freckles" (Perry Como)