My freshman year of college, I was waiting for a friend of mine to pick me up and go to lunch when I impulsively decided that I needed bangs. Like, right that minute. Instead of taking shears to my own hair, I quickly called my salon and made an appointment. When my friend arrived I told her of the spontaneous detour. She was surprised, but fortunately obliged. Five years later, I still have bangs, and still love them.

With my bangs, I have been confused for Zooey Deschanel, Felicity Jones and more fair-skinned, light-eyed, brunette actresses with bangs, but I actually brought a much different photograph with me when I got my bangs cut: Jane Birkin.

The French singer-actress's long blunt bangs have served as an oft-mentioned beauty reference for decades now. Deschanel and Jones are just two actresses to try out '60s-inspired hairstyles. Other stars, such as Rooney Mara and Marion Cotillard are channeling an Audrey Hepburn-esque short fringe from the 1950s.

Take a peek at the photos below and let us know whose bangs you like best.

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  • Louise Brooks, 1925

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  • Antonia Barrett, 1948

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  • Audrey Hepburn, 1950s

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  • Bettie Page, 1952

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  • Joan Collins, 1955

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  • Bette Davis, 1960

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  • Francoise Hardy, 1960s

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  • Elizabeth Taylor, 1962

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  • Brigitte Bardot, 1963

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  • Marianne Faithfull, 1964

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  • Jane Asher, 1965

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  • Julie Christie, 1965

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  • Twiggy, 1967

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  • Cher, 1967

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  • Linda Ronstadt, 1968

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  • Joni Mitchell, 1968

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  • Anita Pallenberg, 1968

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  • Petula Clark, 1968

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  • Diahann Carrol, 1969

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  • Karen Carpenter, 1970s

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  • Jane Birkin, 1971

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  • Anjelica Huston, 1971

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  • Valerie Bertinelli, 1980

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  • Jane Fonda, 1980

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  • Sarah Ferguson, 1991

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  • Kim Basinger, 1991

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  • Princess Diana, 1995

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  • Gwen Stefani, 1996

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  • Kim Cattrall, 1998

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  • Claudia Schiffer, 1998

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  • Calista Flockhart, 2000

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  • Liv Tyler, 2000

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  • Milla Jovovich, 2000

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  • Julianne Moore, 2001

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  • Molly Sims, 2001

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  • Heidi Klum, 2001

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  • Sandra Bullock, 2002

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  • Bebe Neuwirth, 2003

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  • Mandy Moore, 2003

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  • Charlize Theron, 2003

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  • Bai Ling, 2003

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  • Jennifer Morrison, 2006

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  • Penelope Cruz, 2006

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  • Salma Hayek, 2007

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  • Abbey Lee Kershaw, 2009

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  • Jada Pinkett Smith, 2010

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  • Naomi Watts, 2010

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  • Carol Alt, 2010

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  • Kim Kardashian, 2010

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  • Emily Deschanel, 2010

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