As the calendar rapidly moves towards the day of Pippa’s wedding, May 20th, the WWKD team couldn’t help but wonder what we may see Kate wearing for her sister’s big day. We asked several of our contributors for their thoughts on Kate’s possible outfit choices for Pippa’s celebration.
For as much as we’ve been enjoying bright colors on Kate of late, I expect the Duchess to take a muted approach so as not to upstage her sister’s big day. Although the Duchess has favored Ivory in the past (notably at Zara Tindell’s nuptuals), I don’t think Kate would want to clash against Pippa’s white gown in the family portraits, which is why my money is on taupe. We’ve also seen Her Royal Highness favoring some larger brimmed headpieces a la Queen Maxima, so I’m pulling for the Quill Statement Hat by Love Lupin (who notably also retails the Whiteley Pillbox that Kate has worn previously) paired with a bespoke coatdress from a go-to favorite like Emilia Wickstead or McQueen.
It is easy to imagine that Kate will wear something with understated elegance. An outfit that is beautiful, timeless, sophisticated, but does not take attention away from the bride. My recommendation would be this Melrose Catherine Walker ensemble. It is described as “A delicate dusty pink Venetian wool coatdress with hand applique taupe corded lace spreading up from the hem and cuff. Seen here with the matching lace Melrose dress.” Kate could easily accessorize with a similar fascinator as seen on the model as well. It would be the perfect choice for Pippa’s special day.
While muted colours are, I think, a safe bet – and I am willing to wager that we see a coatdress ensemble from Jenny Packham, Catherine Walker or Alexander McQueen for the ceremony itself. I am secretly hoping that we get to see photos of Kate from the evening reception… And that she chooses something with a little edge. I love the prairie guipure lace midi dress from Self-Portrait, for example, as a dress that is true to Kate’s style, intricate and formal enough for a fancy wedding reception, and yet different from Kate’s normal looks. This isn’t just any formal royal engagement, it’s her sister’s wedding!
I think that Kate’s main concern at Pippa’s wedding will be not drawing attention away from the bride. Therefore, I do not think we will see anything like a repeat of the sister-of-the-bride’s dress in matching white like at the royal wedding, whether Kate is a bridesmaid or not. Her struggle will be to be understated without looking dull. I think a black dress is too safe and dark for a spring wedding, but I could see her wearing a mid-length, very simple dress, perhaps in a springy color like dove gray, light pink or icy blue, with a coat with a fascinator to match.