Somewhere between Kate Middleton's iconic Alexander McQueen gown and Meghan Markle's minimalist Givenchy design was another, equally stunning, royal wedding ensemble. As she walked down her own aisle in 2017, Pippa Middleton's wedding dress made a subtle statement, merging elements of tradition with contemporary couture. The younger Middleton demonstrated a bridal style that was all her own.
On May 20, 2017 Middleton married James Matthews wearing an all-lace wedding gown with cap sleeves, a high neckline, and a form-fitting waist. While her sister, Kate, and Markle opted for ultra-famous wedding dress designers, Middleton selected a more modern label, Giles Deacon.
A Central Saint Martins graduate, Deacon worked at luxury fashion houses like Gucci and Bottega Veneta before launching his own womenswear label. He spends time collaborating with brides to produce their dream dresses, describing his mission as creating "designs that are inimitably personal for the client and the occasion," according to his website.
Because of the more conservative neckline, an updo was practically a given for Middleton's special day. The 35-year-old sported a twisted chignon style, complete with a bejeweled tiara that sat at the crown of her head. She completed her bridal ensemble with a sheer veil to create a traditionally regal look.
A short-sleeve gown is fun and playful, perfect for a spring or summer wedding. Meanwhile, the contrast of a flouncy skirt adds a more formal component to ensure your look is as formal as you want it to be. If you're stuck deciding between a strapless design, a sweetheart neckline, or long sleeves, Middleton's sophisticated silhouette is the ultimate compromise.
Although a bespoke, designer gown may not be factored into every bride's budget, emulating Middleton's style isn't totally off limits. Ahead, shop The Zoe Report's selection of Middleton-inspired gowns that will add a touch of royalty to your wedding day.