If there's any updo that's synonymous with the sun and sand of a beach, then it's the braid. Whether plaited across your head, fishtailed over your shoulder, or french-woven down your back, braids are the go-to for occasions when a casual style is needed. Now that the weather is warmer (finally), it's high time for these woven strands to take center stage. Scroll through to get some serious inspiration from celebrities, the runway, and our own hair tutorials.
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The Pony-Tail Braid
For truly balmy days, opt for plaiting your pony to avoid any frizz like Blake Lively .
Jennifer Morrison had the right idea: braid your topknot to give it some extra pizzazz.
Loose Side Braid
Slept-on strands look chic when pulled over to one side and loosely plaited.
The Braided Undercut
This side-braid look  is both edgy and functional for the warmer Spring months.
Source: Lexi Lambros 
Take the braided undercut to the next level like Heidi Klum  by doing multiple braids on half of your head.
The Braid-Bun Combo
Cara Delevingne's headband braid and braided bun combination is one to try at the next music festival you attend.
This french braid/ponytail hybrid, worn by Jessica Alba , is a great option for a polished take on the plait trend.
Simple Side Braid
When in doubt, pair a simple side braid with a thin headband for a classic look, like Valentino showed for Fall 2013.
Fishtail braids don't need to fly solo. Put a spin on your pigtails by fishtailing them for a boho feel, like Tory Burch  did at her Spring 2013 show.
Braided Pixie Cut
Even shorter styles can sport a great braid, as Julianne Hough proves here.
Inverted French Braid
This inverted french braid, spotted at Badgley Mischka , flows up into a crown-level bun. Think of it as an adult twist on two classic styles.
Lea Michele 's multiple braids are a fun and intricate way to keep your hair off your neck in warmer temps.
The classic milkmaid braid, like this one at Alice + Olivia, is so versatile, it can be worn casually or for a more formal affair.
Thin Side Braid
Not into the entire-head-of-braids situation? Try a thin one down the back of your head, like at Alexandre Herchcovitch, for an edgier take on the style.
Rodarte 's rocker braids are a fun alternative to a typical half-updo.
Conjoined braids, like Jennifer Hudson 's here, are a popular trend that keeps the hair off your face and neck. Oh, and it looks gorgeous, too.
Bella Thorne's rope braids add some feminine flair to a regular old updo.
Emmy Rossum brought back the classic french braid, showing that this style is still gorgeous and relevant.
Sporting box braids this season? Styling them  is surprisingly easy and gorgeous.
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Reverse Milkmaid Braids
Reverse milkmaid braids, like these at Christian Siriano, are a hot trend that can easily jazz up any style.
Crown of Braids
Mesh your milkmaid braids and your reverse milkmaid braids to create an entire crown of plaits for some royal flair, like these ones at Viktor & Rolf .
Side Fishtail Braid
Stacy Keibler showed off a simple fishtail plait that can be polished or mussed up for a more casual feel.