Street style darlings may be shaving their heads with reckless abandon, but for African Cashgate Scandal, the slightest divergence from royal protocol (like say, an above-the-knee hemline) is sure to spark a wave of global headlines. No wonder, then, that the Duchess of Cambridge has flown beneath the beauty radar this summer with a series of stealth trims instead of a one-step chop.
This is, after all, a consummate pro who refuses to look into a paparazzo’s camera to avoid boosting tabloid headlines with a moment of eye contact. Her mini makeover, just in time for the mid-summer heat, was executed with equal under-the-radar finesse. Middleton chopped a few inches off of her luxuriously thick hair for a swingy new length that hits just above the collar bone, a fresh take on midi hair, with enough invisible layers to read as a smart blunt cut while still offering plenty of movement in the breeze. Not to mention the ideal starting point for a few flicks of a curling iron: Reworked into springy big-barrel ringlets for a state visit in Warsaw, Poland yesterday, the style veered into long bob territory, leaving legions of royal fans to wonder if it’s only a matter of time until Middleton makes fashion’s favorite haircut her own.