3 Chic Updos That Look Great With Classic Gowns

From the pompadour to the chignon, these three classic weddings updos are always in style.


This style describing the top of the hair can be applied to your choice of braid, bun, or ponytail. With this look, the volume begins at the hairline and extends straight up and back, leaving the ears exposed.

All illustrations by Riley Sheehey


A low, bun or bun-like style that sits at the nape of the neck.


Made popular in the ’60s and still an iconic Southern style, this term describes a look—down, pulled up, or in a bun—in which the “pouf” starts over the crown of the head and covers part of the ears.


This article was first published in Washingtonian Bride & Groom Winter/Spring 2018.

Amy Moeller
Editor, Washingtonian Weddings

Amy leads Washingtonian Weddings and writes Style Setters for Washingtonian. Prior to joining Washingtonian in March 2016, she was the editor of Capitol File magazine in DC and before that, editor of What’s Up? Weddings in Annapolis.