Sienna Miller and the Elegant Updo: A Visual Case Study

Updos are the Audrey Hepburn of the hair world: understated, elegant, and timeless. It takes someone like Sienna Miller—queen of slip dresses and leather jackets—to come along, however, and make the pulled-back style actually cool. While other A-listers opt for old-school waves or brushed-out curls, Miller consistently favors twisted-back strands teased with a light touch on the red carpet. Ahead is a visual case study on all the ways Miller has made us reconsider the updo, and subsequently feel shameful for ever writing it off as a stuffy grandma 'do (no offense, Grandma—love you always). Warning: may cause strong urge to unearth every lost bobby pin in your bathroom abyss.

Keep scrolling for definitive proof that Sienna Miller is the queen of updos!

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Sleek and Pulled Back

Pink lips, a soft smoky eye, and a sleek black dress—Miller was elegant yet alluring at the 2015 Academy Awards. To copy this look at home, smooth a shine serum, like Kérastase's Elixir Ultime ($50), through damp strands, and pin everything place at the nape of your neck.

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Softly Teased

The perfect way to show off glistening diamond earrings? Pulled-back strands softly teased with windblown texture, obviously.


Double Braids

Miller was the stuff red carpet beauty dreams are made of at the Cannes premiere of Carol, with a striking lip, lush lashes, and head-turning hairstyle in the form of two mirror French braids that joined at the nape of the neck. (Spritz a texturizing dry shampoo, like R+Co's Death Valley Dry Shampoo ($32) through your strands before braiding to add grip.)


Statement Piece

The easiest way to dress up your standard bun? Take a cue from Miller and indulge your inner Blair Waldorf with a chic, thick statement headband. To make the look daytime (or anytime) appropriate, keep your makeup light and fresh, as not to appear costumey.

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Casual Center Part

This might be our favorite Sienna Miller look of all time. The casual pulled-back updo (complete with carefully placed wisps) was the perfect balance to her matte red statement lip.

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Tousled Double Braids

BRB—filing this breezy braided look under "summer hairstyles to commit to memory." 

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Pinned Twist

Proof there exists a non-awkward way to grow out your bangs? See Sienna Miller at the Harper's Bazaar Women of the Year Awards. All you have to do is spritz a bit of volume spray at your roots (try Amika's Un.Done Texture Spray, $24), twist your bangs away from your face, then hold in place with a bobby pin—just make sure you're using it the right way.

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Tousled Waves

The sass in this photo—it might be one of the best over-the-shoulder poses we've ever seen. The face-framing waves just added to Miller's all around mesmerizing quality.

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Ballerina Bun

Miller was the picture of ladylike grace with her slicked-back ballerina bun—but that pop of raspberry lipstick gave the overall look a playful touch.

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'90s Pony

Um, did Sienna Miller just singlehandedly revive the '90s high ponytail trend? We vote yes—excuse us while we hoard all the hair ties. 

Which of these looks is your favorite? Sound off below! 

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