Kate MiddletonStop whatever it is you're doing right now -- grab a seat, and take a deep breath. If I hadn't seen these photos of Kate Middleton's ponytail, I doubt I would've believed them. Yep, you heard me right. Kate Middleton finally took the plunge and pulled her gorgeous locks off her shoulders into a ponytail -- something I can't ever recall seeing her do before. (Other than back in 2011, when the photo at left was taken.)

She chose to go the more casual route for a shopping trip with her mother, Carole, where they were spotted picking up a Moses basket for Kate's future prince (or princess?).

Ok, before we talk any further about her hair -- can I go ahead and comment on how adorable it is that Kate and her mom were sporting matching outfits? Love it.

Even though it's spring, I guess skinny jeans and boots never go out of style. (Not that anything does as far as Kate Middleton is concerned.)

Anyhoo, back to the ponytail.

Um, now that she's been spotted in public wearing one, there's really no reason for her to feel pressured to wear her hair down all the time anymore. It actually looks pretty cute pulled back, and it shows off the pregnancy glow she's got going on even more.

And another thing, I know she's royalty and all -- but after that baby arrives, she may find that she has less time to primp in the morning, so she might as well get comfortable with the idea of going the ponytail route at least two or three times a week. That's about what most moms average, right? (I'm more like four or five.)

I don't know about you, but I'm digging this new, laid-back side Kate's showing off. It makes her seem so much more like the rest of us -- even though we know all too well she's in an entirely different league.

Sigh. Yeah, you're right. Even her messy ponytail is a hundred times more polished looking than our hair will ever be on a good day.

How often do you wear your hair in a ponytail?

 

Image via Pacific Coast News