Entertainment Fashion & Style A Gallery of Formal Short Haircuts Share PINTEREST Email Print Fashion & Style Hair Accessories Tops & Sweaters Dresses Skirts Jeans Pants Outerwear Lingerie & Swimwear Do It Yourself Shoes Skincare Advice Makeup Fragrance Tattoos and Body Piercings Kids and Teens Bumps & Babies Learn More By David Alexander Contributing Writer Georgia Southern University David is a contributing writer and licensed master hair stylist covering grooming for Byrdie. our editorial process David Alexander Updated May 08, 2019 01 of 12 A Short Caesar Ilya S. Savenok / Contributor / Getty Images Now, in the age of social media, every moment is a photo op. But formal events, like proms and weddings, are places where you'll be photographed more than ever—and unlike a drunken Insta story, those pictures will be around for a lifetime. When choosing a hairstyle for a formal occasion, you want to keep it groomed and classic. Trust us: you won't want that Faux Hawk to turn up in photos 20 years from now. In this gallery, you'll find several great options for people looking for a short haircut that's perfect for a formal occasion, along with notes on each style. To get the haircut you want print the photo or save it to your phone and take it with you to your barber or stylist. For those who prefer a shorter, more natural style, the Caesar will work well for even the most formal of occasions. 02 of 12 Slick and Parted Mark Sagliocco / Contributor / Getty Images This style takes the classic taper and makes it more formal with a neat side part. 03 of 12 Medium Length Style Slaven Vlasic / Stringer / Getty Images This medium layer cut is given a neater look with a side part. This is a good option for people who want to look neat with just a little product. 04 of 12 Neat with a Dry Look Jean Baptiste Lacroix / Stringer / Getty Images This is a good option for someone with short-to-medium hair who doesn't want to look like he's got too much product in his hair. Tousling it off to one side adds a formal flair. 05 of 12 A Side Part with Pomade John Sciulli / Stringer / Getty Images This haircut is made more formal with a heavy application of pomade and a neat side part. Be careful with this one as it may come off as looking "nerdy" on the wrong person. 06 of 12 Pomaded and Parted John Lamparski / Stringer / Getty Images This is another formal option for someone with medium-short hair. Pomade adds shine and control. 07 of 12 Controlled Style Dan MacMedan / Contributor / Getty Images To achieve this style, apply styling gel to damp hair and comb into place. Allow the style to dry and comb through. A light application of spray will set the style. 08 of 12 Short and Neat Kirstin Sinclair / Contributor / Getty Images This style can work well in formal settings, but a dab of pomade adds some texture and separation. 09 of 12 Close and Clean Meg Oliphant / Stringer / Getty Images This style, while cut very short on the sides and back, works for formal events because of the well groomed top. 10 of 12 Short & Formal Phillip Chin / Contributor / Getty Images This style is a gelled up classic Ivy League—it's short, but neat enough to be considered formal. 11 of 12 Short & Natural Paul Archuleta / Contributor / Getty Images This style is a bit more casual, but still a timeless haircut that will look good in photos 20 years from now. 12 of 12 Long & Neat Vittorio Zunino Celotto / Staff / Getty Images This style slicks back the long hair, while proving long hair can still look good in formal settings.