So how do we feel about the super-high bun, a.k.a. the donut bun? For me, it depends who is donning it and how it’s been styled. Too tight and severe, and you’ll look like an off-duty ballerina who’s missing her legwarmers. Too sloppy and wispy, and you’ll look like you just sauntered out of bed after a hibernation session. The key is getting it right in the middle – and using the right tool. If your donut isn’t right, neither is your bun!
No one seems to know this better than Erica Domesek of P.S. I Made This, recently seen with a bun of her own at the Oscar de la Renta show – aside from maybe Sarah Jessica Parker…
The Good: I love the messy-chic SJP rendition the best. For a style that takes a little work, it looks absolutely effortless. Pure modern-girl elegance.
The Cool: With a few wisps and bleached-out platinum hair, Gwen Stefani – who’s an avid wearer of the extreme topknot – nails a cool, relaxed bun.
The Edgy: Slicked down at the crown and culminating in a deeply off-kilter bun, it doesn’t get much edgier than an asymmetrical top bun, unapologetically off to the side.
The Bad: Too tidy, too tight, and those massive earrings to weigh it all down! Kim Kardashian’s bun is way imperfect because it’s too perfect. The bun needs to be messier and bigger. It looks like she’s trying just too damn hard.
What to Use: The Soft N’ Style hair donut acts as an easy base to get a voluminous bun (because there’s nothing cute about a tiny, little topknot). On Amazon for $8.99.