The Duchess of Sussex stepped out in London on Thurs. afternoon for day two of her engagements at the Association of Commonwealth Universities, and the mom-to-be looked as elegant as ever. To meet students and academics across the ACU, the royal wore an all-black outfit featuring a pleated midi dress and Givenchy coat, but Meghan Markle's topknot hairstyle was the main attraction.
A departure from her go-to tousled blowout, the refined updo paired flawlessly with her sophisticated outfit. It's not the first time the royal has opted for a bun, but Markle usually wears a low chignon with undone tendrils as opposed to this sleek, classic style. With her brunette locks pulled back into the notably polished look, she showcased her radiant pregnancy glow for all to see.
Former hairstylist of the duchess, Lydia F. Sellers, revealed Markle doesn't often stray from her sleek and shiny blowouts, telling Refinery29 she generally gravitates towards undone looks with a "slight bend or a slight wave." Well, it looks like she was in the mood for a polished switch-up, and the unexpected look served as a pleasant surprise.
After nailing the color-blocking trend with that show-stopping red and purple outfit earlier this month, the duchess is reeling things in and keeping it classic with this all-black look. She topped the refined number off with nude pumps and simple gold studs.
The next time you're in the mood to channel Markle's sophisticated sensibilities, why not opt for a sleek, structured topknot? A flawlessly crafted bun is ideal for highlighting your makeup, and the refined hairstyle will add a classic touch to any look. Offset a laid-back outfit with the polished hairstyle, or go all in at your next formal function, finishing off your gown or power suit with the Markle-approved look.
Regardless of which stylistic road you take, you'll need a few key products to pull the look off. Ahead, shop The Zoe Report's necessities for a sleek topknot, and get ready for your royal moment.