If you are looking for a way to pull your hair up in a slightly fancy way without being overly conservative, I would highly recommend this modern take on a french twist. I love the ends sticking out as a way to soften and relax the style. . . it feels a bit more casual to me which was exactly what I was going for.
A few key products to help assist the style are great bobby pins, a strong clear elastic, and perhaps some texture spray or powder to build a little chalky texture in the hair for hold. I love the Diane bobby pins, the Blaxx clear elastics, and either Amika Un.Done Volume and Matte Texture Spray, or IGK Texture Powder.