Lunch Break: A Bit About Braids

Truth about me: I’m a wannabe designer. A dedicated wannabe, but a wannabe, nonetheless. With all the tell-tale signs. Reading design blogs and trade publication websites, making fast friends with every girl designer I meet and probably falling in love with every guy designer, wondering if I have some magical design power hidden within that will appear someday, in Creative Suite, when I least expect but most need it.

So it should come as no surprise to you that Design Observer is one of my faves. I’ve been reading/stalking it for a long time.

Today, this showed up – it’s about the braids worn by the character of Mattie Ross in True Grit (Matt Damon! Matt Damon!). The writer talks about the total appropriateness of the braids for Mattie’s character – they remind us that she’s a little girl, but one with the gumption to take on a chase after her father’s killer. The hairstyle brings gravitas to a character who could otherwise be seen as silly or weak.

Mattie’s look…clean, sophisticated, take-no-prisoners.

When I was little, I always wanted to wear my hair like that…but somehow, braids on a redhead come across more as Pippi Longstocking than serious, father’s-murderer-seeking, fast-talking pre-teen.

Pippi's Look - Whimsical, joyous, and swashbucklingly chic

Oh, and if you haven’t seen True Grit yet, do so. Immediately. Fantastic movie, and not just because of MD.



About LE

PR professional by day, writer by night. Remembering life isn't an episode of "Saved By the Bell." Getting culture, not babies.

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