If you want a summer hairstyle that is prettier than a ponytail but will still keep hair off your neck, your only option is one of these summer updos. They're surprisingly simple but give the illusion of being painstakingly difficult. Only you will know just how easy they are.
The trick to dressing up a normal bun is to make the front look somewhat elaborate. Create a deep side part before gathering hair into a bun, but be sure to leave a large tendril out front. Use a curling iron to give it a little movement.