When Meghan Markle was a bonafide Royal, much was written — and plenty of it here at Allure — of her formal hairstyles. Now that Markle is no longer a titled Duchess, we've been keeping tabs on her hair evolution. In July, she surprised us by adding long layers to her medium-length hair. Now, two months later, she hosted a virtual gathering in honor of the one-year anniversary of her partnership with Smart Works, a UK charity that ensures free clothing and interview training to unemployed women — and she did so in a fittingly professional low ponytail.
Markle appeared from her new home in Santa Barbara, California, wearing a white blazer over a rose-colored silk top. But we honed in on her simple hairstyle, an easy manifestation of both California cool and stay-at-home casual. Keeping the hair in its middle part, she simply tied it at the nape of the neck and flipped the ponytail over her shoulder. If you, too, have signed on for a professional vidchat recently, chances are the style will be all too familiar.
In the virtual summit, Markle talked with Karla, Charlene, and Agnieszka, three women who have successfully landed jobs thanks in part to Smart Works's outfitting and mentoring. “It wasn't about the clothes, it wasn't about the bags and the coat, it was about getting the help for my interview questions so that I felt confident,” said one former client. “I'm due to start on Monday, and I can't wait. I will be wearing my clothes to work!”
In addition to her hair inspiration, Markle shared some sage advice for job hunters. "People can say that so much of Smart Works is about the clothes themselves but it's really not," she said. "All of that stuff is the exterior but it's what it does for you on the inside that ends up being the best accessory. It’s the confidence, it's what is built within, that is the piece that you walk out of that room with and walk into the interview with."
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