Meghan Markle Went the Slicked Back Bun Route

The queen of the tendril took a cue from Sofia Richie's lookbook.

Meghan Markle
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While Sofia Richie might be our slicked-back bun queen, she just got an actual royal's stamp of approval. The latest star to give the simple-yet-so-chic hairdo a whirl? The one and only Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle herself.

On Thursday, November 16, the Suits actress walked the red carpet at Variety's 2023 Power of Women in Hollywood event. Forgoing any kind of statement piece (Markle loves to leave a tendril out of her updos), she stuck with the trend and chose a tight, low bun with a sharp middle part.

The Archewell founder walked the red carpet alone—no Prince Harry in sight. Still, her style more than made up for his absence. To compliment the chic hairdo, Markle went with a similarly elegant asymmetrical Proenza Schouler gown. Draped off her shoulder, the sand-colored dress was sweetly complimented by tiny gold hoop earrings and simple, neutral makeup. Maybe it's just a sign of the times, but the look is truly giving Sofia Richie.

Meghan Markle

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While Markle didn't comment on her hair inspiration, she did share some insight into what's going on in her life.

"We have so many exciting things on the slate," she told Variety. "I can’t wait until we can announce them, but I’m just really proud of what we’re creating. My husband is loving it, too. It’s really fun.”

Sophia Vilensky
Freelance Writer

Sophia Vilensky is a Freelance Beauty Writer at Marie Claire with a beauty, wellness, and entertainment journalism portfolio that includes contributions to Byrdie, Bravo, Teen Vogue, and Us Weekly. Growing up in a family of beauticians—and through her own personal studies—she developed an in-depth understanding of aesthetics, cosmetic product formulation, and beauty treatment development and has also held roles as a senior copywriter, content strategist, and proofreader for top beauty and wellness brands. Even so, you'd be hard pressed to find her with her hair and makeup actually done. Sophia is based in Minneapolis and is a 2019 graduate of the University of Minnesota, where she majored in English and minored in cinema studies. During her time at the university, she was the Arts & Entertainment Editor for the Minnesota Daily, earning the 2019 Editor of the Year award for her work. She connected deeply with the Twin Cities arts scene, collaborating with leading beauty professionals, designers, and artists. Graduating Summa Cum Laude, her thesis—a close-reading of Vanderpump Rules—was featured on NPR. When not immersed in writing or testing new products, Sophia enjoys watching reality TV, reading, and exploring the newest woo-woo wellness trends. Keep up with her on Instagram @sophiavilensky.