The so-called short bob continues to appeal to girls of all ages and it remains on top of current hairstyle trends. In 2023, it is the stacked inverted bob which is super stylish and complements different face shapes. However, there is a catch. When this haircut is not properly done or shaped, it gives the despicable look of a typical Karen… So, can we avoid the unpleasant effect and how to modernize this otherwise super chic hairstyle? Here are some clever solutions that will allow you to enjoy it in a trendy way…
Before giving you our top tips, let’s see what stacked inverted bob is? As its name suggests, it is a short or medium haircut that can reach the bottom of the ears, go beyond the lobe to stop at the mandible or barely touch the shoulders. Most often, a bob is straight, but nowadays there are several interpretations that sometimes significantly diversify it. Such is the case of the inverted version where there is a gradual, but clearly visible difference in the length of the longer front hair and the shorter back locks. This dynamic structure creates movement and has the ability to optically lengthen the face.
And the stacked effect, what is it exactly? Well, it’s just excessive volume at the root, especially at the crown of the head, which produces a nice curve and an overall half-sphere look, or almost. It is this volume that tempts ladies aged 50+, most often with thin, flat hair. Combine that with the potential of the inverted bob to refine facial features and you have a universal go-to haircut recipe that every Gen X woman will wear for years to come.
10 ways to spice up the stacked inverted bob while avoiding the Karen effect
As you can imagine, this is where the Karen effect comes in. In the common slang of young people in the Anglo-Saxon world, this particular name has become a synonym for a white woman in her late 40s or 50s who is middle class. She’s constantly protesting, she wants to talk to the manager to make demands, and she has all the privileges. So, without intending to offend anyone, here’s how to wear the stacked inverted bob without immediately resembling that rather awkward character.
Opt for a tousled effect
Tapering the hair to give it a messy “choppy” look immediately gives it a more youthful appearance. It’s like saying, “I just got out of bed and I feel confident enough to go out as I am.”
Start with eye-catching hair color
Once the type of haircut has been chosen, you can continue with an extraordinary hair color. Unnatural colors that immediately catch the eye are not the only option. Partial dyeing like balayage, ombré or highlights are just as interesting…
Choose balayage, ombré or highlights
Take advantage of the tapered inverted bob
Move towards the shaved neck or the undercut
Benefit from the shaggy inverted bob
Choosing the shaggy inverted bob instead of the stacked variation is another wonderful way to update your hairstyle and make it more personal. Not to mention how easy it is to maintain if your hair is naturally wavy or curly!
Use the magic of bangs
Oh, the bangs! Every young girl has tormented herself at some point in her life whether wearing it is a good or a bad idea… Logically, the answer depends on several factors, the most important of which are your hair type and above all – the shape of your face. Certainly, it is the face shape that counts!
Wear your parting strongly off center
Similarly, getting a stacked inverted bob and wearing it with a side parting is another choice not to be underestimated. In fact, add some nice coloring to suit your skin tone and individual preferences plus some romantic waves and the potential Karen effect will be totally erased!
Playing with the lengths in a dramatic way
Combine multiple approaches into one custom fit
Taming the volume a little and opting for a straight bangs guarantees you a chic look
Parting on the side, long bangs and original hair color for a “Wow effect”
Accepting your white hair and wearing it with your head held high is bold and trendy!
Which way to wear a stacked inverted bob with style at 50+ years old do you prefer?