From Kate Middleton’s Ponytail to Kim Kardashian West’s Top Knot, Here Are 12 Photos of Casual Celebrity Hairstyles

Amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, our lives — hairstyles included — have become decidedly more casual. Don’t get us wrong; there’s nothing bad about dressing up from time to time. But these days getting fancy means wearing jeans for many people. The rest of the time we can’t be bothered to spend more than a few minutes on our wardrobe or hairstyle.

With all the comfy vibes of stay-at-home life, we’re taking inspiration from celebrities, royals, and other public figures who have made casual styles downright iconic. 

Carolyn Bessette Kennedy

First up is Carolyn Bessette Kennedy. The late wife of John F. Kennedy became a minimalist style icon, and that included her hair. No matter how fancy the event — whether it was a gala or a magazine launch — Bessette Kennedy stuck to simple and easy hairstyles. Although her affinity for understated styles had a sad backstory, there’s no denying it worked for her. 

Bessette Kennedy wore her hair in a ponytail while walking her dog Friday. 

Carolyn Bessette Kennedy walking her dog
Carolyn Bessette Kennedy | Lawrence Schwartzwald/Sygma via Getty Images

She also wore the same style to a much more formal event, keeping with her simple yet chic approach to style. 

John F. Kennedy and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy
John F. Kennedy and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy | Time Life Pictures/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images

Kim Kardashian West

A style icon who launched her own shapewear brand and line of cosmetics, Kim Kardashian West has had many hairstyles over the years. Way before her sleek hairdo, she and the rest of the Kardashian-Jenner family couldn’t get enough of top knots. The 39-year-old wife of Kanye West would put her hair in a bun on the top of her head for all sorts of occasions. 

Kardashian West wore the top-knot style at the airport. 

Kim Kardashian West walking through an airport with a top-knot hairstyle
Kim Kardashian West | Olivia Salazar/FilmMagic

And at times, she opted for a more polished version of the top knot. 

Kim Kardashian West walks down the street
Kim Kardashian West | Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images

Meghan Markle

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has become a major style icon since she married Prince Harry in May 2018. But even before joining the British royal family, Meghan knew how she liked to wear her hair: in a messy bun. 

Meghan Markle with a messy bun hairstyle
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex | Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

The laidback style quickly became part of Meghan’s signature look. She wore her hair in a messy bun on royal engagements, her wedding day, and many more occasions. It’s been said Meghan strategically picked the style to come off as more relatable. No matter why she chose the look, we’re betting her messy bun sticks around for years to come.  

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex | Niall Carson – Pool/Getty Image

Jennifer Aniston

Audiences couldn’t get enough of Jennifer Aniston’s haircut as Rachel Green on Friends. The character’s look became iconic and had women requesting the style in salons, asking for “The Rachel.”

Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green on 'Friends'
Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green | NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

Not only did Aniston’s character become known for her hair, but Aniston herself has become known for her hairstyles. She’s sported straight, sleek styles that are simple but never boring. They can cost a lot to maintain. But Aniston does wear the casual style on red carpets, too, so maybe the price tag is worth it. 

Jennifer Aniston on the red carpet
Jennifer Aniston | Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

Kate Middleton 

Look up “ponytail” in the dictionary, and there will be a picture of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge wearing her signature casual hairstyle. As the wife of the future leader of the British royal family, Kate’s ponytails are elevated but still casual compared to her other go-to look: a shiny, bouncy blowout.

Kate Middleton wearing her hair in a ponytail
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge | Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

Kate’s ponytail goes well with her casual, off-duty look.

Kate Middleton wearing her hair in a ponytail
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge | Suzanne Plunkett – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Princess Diana

While Princess Diana had many iconic outfits, her hairstyles were memorable, too. Meghan and Kate’s late mother-in-law made headlines when she switched up her short hairstyle. Like Aniston’s straight locks, Diana’s short hair worked for any and all events. 

Her short hair even looked great wet. 

Princess Diana with wet hair standing next to Prince Charles
Princess Diana and Prince Charles | Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images

And the casual hairstyle also worked when photographers snapped pictures of Diana leaving the gym. 

Princess Diana wearing bike shorts and a sweatshirt leaving a gym
Princess Diana | Anwar Hussein/WireImage

Here’s to more casual hair days!