Plaits have been the talk of the office ever since THAT Alexander Wang braid back in September at the S/S '10 shows, so now we're on braid watch. Set to be next season's must-have hair accessory, it's important to get all the braid options tried, tested and perfected. And this week, it's the turn of the side plait. Most recently, Alexa, Shakira and Jennifer Lopez have stepped out with their own variations; from relaxed and loose (Alexa); to neat and style-controlling (Shakira). Build them into a style like Alexa and JLo, or simply use them to keep hair off your face and create a parting. Whichever way you wear a side braid, you can completely change your look. Or use them as a styling tool - wear them during the day and take them out for the evening for instant loose waves. Simple.