It’s bye bye bun! How the Duchess of Sussex ditched her signature style for a sleek new ponytail at Prince Louis’ christening
Slipping discreetly into the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace on her husband Prince Harry‘s arm, Meghan ensured all eyes were on the star of the show on Louis’ big day, but fans were still quick to spot her new ‘do, a departure from her trademark ‘undone’ bun.
The ponytail is something of a new style for Meghan – since joining the royal fold she has typically worn her hair in a bun with loose tendrils, with the occasional foray into Duchess of Cambridge-esque loose curls for formal events.
Award-winning celebrity hair stylist Edward James, who has worked with Stella McCartney and Chanel, told FEMAIL the change was evidence of Meghan tweaking her style to fit her ‘new formal role and more structured dress style’.
‘The sleek ponytail is a comfortable move towards looking groomed and chic, without looking dated or frumpy,’ he said.
‘I imagine with the humid hot weather we have been having in the UK that the Duchess didn’t want any hair disasters, especially with her hair having a natural tight curl that tends to frizz in humidity, so the sleek ponytail is a brilliant way to keep groomed even in the heat,’ Edward said.
Having relied heavily on a wardrobe of pale pink ensembles for her first high profile outings in the wake of the royal wedding, choosing the shade for a Buckingham Palace Garden Party, her first Trooping the Colour, and the Queen’s Young Leaders’ Awards, Meghan now seems to be experimenting with colour.
She wore a vibrant yellow Brandon Maxwell shift dress for a Youth Challenge reception in London last week, and yesterday chose a Ralph Lauren belted dress in a flattering shade of olive green, with matching suede Manolo Blahnik heels.
Meghan and Harry were among the small party of Kate and William’s inner circle invited to their third child’s christening service at the chapel, which was followed by a private tea at Clarence House hosted by the couple.
Proud grandparents Carole and Michael Middleton attended, as did Kate’s brother James, and her sister Pippa with her husband James Matthews, who are themselves expecting their first baby within a matter of months.
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were also there, as were Prince Louis’ six new godparents and their respective spouses.
The Lady Laura Meade, Harry Aubrey-Fletcher, Guy Pelly, Lucy Middleton, Nicholas Van Cutsem, and Hannah Carter were all named by Kensington Palace yesterday as having been chosen for the special roles by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Meghan has been finessing her royal star ever since she officially became the Duchess of Sussex on May 19th, much to the delight of fans.
On 26th June the Duchess of Sussex attended the Queen’s Young Leaders Awards at Buckingham Palace, and wore her hair in defined curls tumbling over her shoulders.
And her bun was sleeker than usual when she joined Harry at a Commonwealth youth reception at Buckingham Palace.
Experts have suggested the more elevated version of her usual style Meghan has adopted since her wedding is evidence of her taking her cues from Kate.
Celebrity hairdresser James Johnson previously revealed which ‘copy-Kate’ hair looks are hits for Meghan, and those she should avoid.
Sophisticated, chic, fashionable and elegant, this low bun is a classic way of keeping your hair up without being ‘over the top’.
It’s no wonder Meghan has re-created this simplistic look seen on Kate before, it shows off her stunning features whilst keeps the overall look young and on trend.
In my opinion, this look suited Meghan more. She kept it tame with stud earrings and the gloss on her hair is enviable!
BRUSHED OUT WAVES
Here Meghan as opted for a relaxed, side parted brushed out waves hair style. This is very soft and suited her well.
Having the hair waved too meant her overall image was softer, proudly bringing that American effortless chic to the U.K.
In my opinion, out of the two, Meghan suited softer waves better than Kate’s half up half down hairstyle.
Sometimes half up half down can look too relaxed and needs to be kept to either one or the other, especially when wearing a statement fascinator.
Curls are always going to be in fashion. It’s immediately considered elegant and something Kate became instantly known for… that famous Chelsea blow-dry!
Adding movement in the form of a curly blow-dry will instantly thicken up the hair and give it volume, creating the illusion you have more hair!
In my opinion, although this hairstyle is always going to be on trend, I think it should left to Kate to pull this off too, Meghan needs her own stamp.
Waves are a simple wave of creating movement whilst keeping the overall look effortless.
As much as a Chelsea Blowdry is bang on trend, sometimes anything flicky on the ends can be ageing.
Having the ends straight and the movement more relaxed and un-done, creates a more youthful look, perfect to be dressed up or dressed down.
This for me is Meghans look. Meghan really suits waves. With this hair, she still has that look of royalty, just in a youthful red carpet way which is bang on trend.
HOW TO RECREATE MEGHAN’S SLEEK PONYTAIL
Celebrity stylist Edward James reveals how to recreate the Duchess of Sussex’s latest look…
1. If your hair has curl or a lot of volume at the roots, apply a product that will control volume and give some hold, such as Aveda’s Texture Tonic on towel dried hair. Dry your hair with a paddle brush and smooth the roots as much as possible, paying attention to smaller flyaways around the face.
2. Once completely dry and smooth, tilt your head back slightly (so you don’t get any bumps at the nape of your head). Tie the ponytail tight. At catwalk shows we use elastic cord which we tie and cut at the ends, but if you are doing it yourself at home a hair bungee tie is a great alternative.
3. Apply a pump of lightweight serum such as Oribe’s Gold Lust hair oil to both hands and sweep over the hair to banish frizz. Apply a generous spritz of super-fine mist hairspray, applying underneath the ponytail also.
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