It's no secret that the Duchess of Sussex has had a long-term love affair with the low bun. And after mixing things up in the hair department for a string of royal engagements (the Duchess experimented with tousled waves and bouncy curls in recent weeks), Meghan Markle's low bun is officially back in business. After seeing photos of the Duchess' visit to Sussex, you're going to want to mimic her hairstyle ASAP.
Markle made an official visit to West Sussex on Oct. 3 with Prince Harry in tow. The Rachel Zane-inspired monochromatic blouse and pencil skirt combo she wore during the outing was an absolute winner (you'll be thrilled to know that you can snag her & Other Stories blouse for only $99), as was her elegantly pulled-back hair.
Markle wore her long, dark hair in a classic, ballerina-style low bun. In her usual aesthetic, the Duchess opted for a blunt middle part, leaving a few perfectly curled pieces to frame her face. The bun had a refined look, perfectly shiny and structured, while the loose bangs gave it that necessary touch of ease. Markle's updo struck just the perfect balance between formal and "just throw it in a bun."
It makes sense that the Duchess has nailed the perfect messy bun — Markle has been wearing the hairstyle since her Hollywood days. Her low bun became habitual back in 2014, when she wore it on the red carpet at the Elton John AIDS Foundation's 13th Annual An Enduring Vision Benefit and New York Fashion Week — both spring and fall events. The updo has been a permanent fixture in Markle's catalogue of hairstyles ever since.
Over time, Markle has worked to refine the look. On formal occasions, she tends to wear it tighter and more structured, but her everyday look typically consists of a loose and voluminous low bun with wispy pieces pulled out and hanging around her face.
The former Suits actor actually tried to kick her bun habit for a little while — leading up to the May 19 wedding, Markle often opted for loose curls (sometimes even accessorizing with a fascinator) as she tested the waters on British customs Markle also wore her hair down throughout much of 2017 and the spring of 2018.
Some would argue that the royal's bridal hairstyle was certainly a variation of her signature low bun. Since then, she's worked it into her looks time and again — at the WellChild Awards, the Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition, in the stands of Wimbledon alongside Kate Middleton, and at the Prince of Wales' 70th birthday patronage celebration, just to name a few.
Sometimes Markle opts for a low-loop bubble bun, but on Wed., she went with the classic donut bun. The great news is that just about anyone with hair past shoulder length can recreate the sleek style, which Markle has proven is appropriate for formal and casual occasions alike. The secret is finding products that will help you enhance shine and create volume on the fly.
Ahead, recreate Markle's signature hairstyle in The Zoe Report's five easy steps.