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Your Take – Buns: Sleek, Severe, or Sassy?

I am talking about buns in the hair here. Of course! Call it a bun, a chignon, a knot, it’s a perennial favorite. Student of the hairstyle that I am, I invite you to join me on a deep dive into bun deployment and the royal lady. I say lady because we haven’t seen a royal man bun. YET.

Victoria is the Queen of the Royal Hair Bun. She wears one to almost every royal engagement, defaulting to it so often that there are those royal-watchers who beg her to loosen up, to try another style. When she was younger she was more inclined to change it, but she has definitely settled on this look as her working crown princess hairstyle. The no part, tightly pulled back version is her go-to. The benefit to this approach is that is takes her hair out of the conversation; she is all competence, and all business.

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Letizia and Meghan each have several hairstyles in their rotation, and both have pulled out the sleek bun to excellent effect. This is is my favorite of the royal bun selections, and it works well for those professional events when one will be in the outdoors and wind is a factor. It’s also an elegant evening option. I particularly like the deep side part variation, which manages to convey a youthful effect, and a sophisticated one.

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Of course, there are those times when you go with the classic, a sleek bun with a center part. Best to show off those earrings, right?

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As much as I like the sleek bun, there are times when one must simply loosen it up. I like the slightly looser hairstyle on Kate. It can skew prom – ish, but it can also have a youthful effect. It can make those intimidating hairstyles more accessible, and the next Queen-to-be but one is all about being accessible.

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The messy bun gets a lot of grief, but I think, artfully deployed, that it has its place. Of course Meghan is the one who has brought it to the royal scene with a flourish. I enjoy her casual Californication of royal style at some events. Leti, of course, has opted for her own version of it.

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I cannot leave this topic without mentioning the many and varied bun styles of the Swedish royals at the Nobel ceremonies. They really deserve their own post, so deep is that topic. Some day we will tackle it, probably in a three part post. A quick Google showed pages of braids, rolls and updos. Keep your eyes peeled. In the meantime…

How do you like your buns?
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One Royal Lady Ponytail…

….is a statement. Two keep each other company. Three’s a trend. More than four – well, now that a movement! A movement of which I approve, particularly when it’s finished off with a sassy I Dream of Jeannie wraparound effect.

Case in point, our first lovely lady.

Sofia has a gorgeous head of hair, but often she defaults to the center part. This can be a bit severe as a one-off, and dull as a steady diet. I often find tendrils to be a messy look, but they complement the entire overall seventies vibe here, and beautifully frame those mega statement earrings.

Look! Here comes Victoria, not one to shy away from getting her hair out of her face, and often out of the picture entirely.

Sofia’s sister-in-law is not unfamiliar with severely styled hair, but she lightened up her usual business bun by letting loose with high ponytail. Quite a jaunty effect for a woman who usually won’t even let a part near her scalp.

Letizia, of course, brings the glam with her entry.

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A slightly different take here, simply slaying the notion that ponytails are only for casual events.

I wish the Duchess of Cambridge would hop on the Royal Lady Ponytail wagon more frequently, because her thick hair makes for a spectacular entry in the field.

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It is also slightly less mature than some of her updos, and a girl has to have some fun.

Did you think I was forgetting someone?

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Call me crazy but I think it’s one of Meghan’s best hairstyles – youthful and spirited and businesslike, all rolled into one. I wouldn’t complain if she brought this out more often. Or even often.