Often considered as being girlie, boring and commonplace, the timeless ponytail comes back this season with gorgeous, wearable versions, perfect when temperatures heat up. From messy and effortless to severe and slicked, take a glimpse at some of the hottest summer 2011 ponytail hairstyles.

Time to take advantage of your beautiful, long tresses and play with styling, trying different A-list hairstyles. Still, if there is one standby 'do to see you through the warm season, that is the classic, old faithful ponytail. We love its versatility that allows us to have fun and create numerous styles. From casual and laidback to va va voom versions, the famous pony is adaptable and utterly cute. Therefore, go wherever your imagination and creativity takes you! In this context, we suspect that the pony will be around for long.

The simple version of the ponytail has been seen nearly everywhere for the spring/summer 2011 season (Ralph Lauren, Doo Ri, Calvin Klein). It is so quick and easy to make and it requires minimum amount of effort and, of course, no special styling skills and tools. Make a fashionable ponytail as spotted at Blugirl making a cute middle parting and secure it at the nape of the neck. For a special retro effect, add some volume by backcombing the crown. Carlos Miele proves that the pony works great even on curly hair.

Summer 2011 Ponytail HairstylesBlugirlSummer 2011 Ponytail HairstylesBrioni

Summer 2011 Ponytail HairstylesCelineSummer 2011 Ponytail HairstylesRalph Lauren

Summer 2011 Ponytail HairstylesDoo RiSummer 2011 Ponytail HairstylesCarlos Miele

Besides being the hair world's quick fix and the right lifesaver for bad hair days, the ponytail can also take a look from day to night with just a simple touch. A sleek and perfectly polished pony is your ticket for a formal event. Go seriously elegant with a simple, yet absolutely stylish party ponytail as seen at Laura Biagiotti and Giambattista Valli. The secret? A lock of hair ingeniously twisted around the base. Give a glamorous twist to your ponytail creating a chic quiff (Jonathan Saunders) or going for a dramatic side parting with a slightly tousled flair (Philosophy). Don't forget that loose pieces are so on-trend! You can also get the party started with flawless curls that scream absolute glamour (Maurizio Pecoraro). And since braids are so hot this season, braid one side along the hairline and pull your hair into a pony (Lacoste).

Summer 2011 Ponytail HairstylesLaura BiagiottiSummer 2011 Ponytail HairstylesGiambattista Valli

Summer 2011 Ponytail HairstylesJonathan Saunders Summer 2011 Ponytail HairstylesMaurizio Pecoraro

Summer 2011 Ponytail HairstylesLacosteSummer 2011 Ponytail HairstylesPhilosophy

There is something about the ponytail that makes it so alluring and lovable. Messy or slicked, this hairstyles will undoubtedly make a real impact, whether we are talking about a red-carpet event or a casual, daytime occasion. You can always reinvent it and create a hot new look by simply making some interesting twists as spotted at Haute. For a very sexy approach, try the slicked, raked-back ponytail (Lanvin) or the severe, forward-facing style brought by Chanel.
Our ultimate crush? The original and beautiful pony seen at Kenzo. Start by making a low, loose ponytail. Next, create a space in the hair just above the elastic band and pass the ponytail through the hole, pulling it out the bottom. Simple and oh so stylish!

Summer 2011 Ponytail HairstylesHauteSummer 2011 Ponytail HairstylesKenzo

Summer 2011 Ponytail HairstylesLanvinSummer 2011 Ponytail HairstylesChanel

Summer 2011 Ponytail HairstylesDiesel Black GoldSummer 2011 Ponytail HairstylesMichael Kors

Photos via elle.com, vogue.com