Elisha Cuthbert, Kiernan Shipka, Lauren Conrad, Uma Thurman, Sarah Jessica Parker

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Center parts have taken, well, center stage in Hollywood. Several red carpet veterans, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Uma Thurman and Lauren Conradhave recently parted ways—literally!—with intricate updos in favor of middle parts paired with easygoing, loose locks.

The fuss-free hairstyle is surprisingly versatile, channeling a boho chic flair when worn with loose curls (as seen on blond beauty Elisha Cuthbert) or a sophisticated sleek vibe when paired with pin-straight tresses. We love Kiernan Shipka's take on the trend, which offsets a potentially harsh precision part with a playful volumized lift.

Perfect ponytails pop up on red carpet

The young Mad Men star also sports the best length for the look—a collarbone-skimming, medium-length mane. Middle parts tend to elongate the face (making them ideal for those with round or wide face shapes), but can venture into undesirable "Why the long face?" territory for those with super long hair.

The best, ahem, part about the look? A fine tooth comb and flyaway-controlling product is virtually all you need to create the effortlessly chic style.

What do you think of this red carpet trend? Would you wear a middle part to your next formal occasion?

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