Blake Lively and Fergie are fans of the braided ponytail hairstyle. Photos: Kristian Dowling/Getty Images | Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

The braided ponytail looks effortlessly chic in any setting -- whether on a big night out or a quick trip to the grocery store. Plus, it's a simple and stylish alternative to the everyday ponytail. And while it may seem more suited for a schoolgirl, worn higher on the head helps to give this playful look a more modern edge.

Hollywood beauties including Blake Lively, Fergie and Jennifer Lopez are proven plait fans. So is celebrity stylist and Hair Basics expert Ted Gibson. His take on the braided pony: "It's the modern, new way of thinking about how you wear braids."

Watch the video and click through the step-by-step gallery for Gibson's tips on how to create this stylish look at home.

And visit our Hair Basics section for more easy hair how-tos.