Nothing says Los Angeles wellness queen like an immaculately executed, slicked-back bun—just look at Gwyneth Paltrow, who attended an awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday wearing her hair in an ultra-smooth style, which was side parted and knotted at the nape of her neck.
Reminiscent of a style favored by her gym bunny counterparts for yoga or pilates, this knotted up-do was given an elevated, red-carpet twist. It spoke to the “quiet luxury” trend that’s doing the rounds in fashion circles: on the one hand, it’s a simple, understated look, but on the other, it’s polished and elegant.
Paltrow was joined by Elle Fanning at the event, who was sporting a near-identical style, but for a center (instead of side) parting. The beauty of a slicked-back style like this is that it draws attention to luminous skin and can create a snatched, lifted appearance, since it’s tied back relatively tightly. Another plus point is that it works on every age—Fanning is 25, while Paltrow is 50, and both look as glorious as the other wearing the style.