Pippa Middleton’s duchess dreams & a faux Canadian tuxedo


Here are some new photos of Pippa Middleton, back in London after a whirlwind trip to Madrid with her ex-boyfriend, George Percy. She allegedly had a boyfriend named Alex Loudon, but she hasn’t been spotted with him since her sister’s wedding. Some think that Pippa and George, the son of the Duke of Northumberland, are just “friends” after their breakup several years ago. I tend to think that she’s probably “on a break” with Alex and seeing if she can upgrade to someone richer, with a title. More on this in a moment. What I really want to talk about is Pippa’s faux Canadian tuxedo. When CB and I were first looking at these pics, we thought she was wearing full-on denim, but now I think the blouse is just cotton gauze or linen, and it unfortunately looks exactly like her light-wash, tapered jeans. The whole combo is very… I don’t know?… dated, I guess. Pippa looks like The Preppie’s Girlfriend in an ‘80s teen film. Here’s a little bit more from Us Weekly:

At least one of the famous Middleton sisters is back on home turf.

Pippa Middleton stepped out in London on Thursday — and turned heads yet again. This time, the 27-year-old socialite and entrepreneur kept it super-casual but sexy-chic in a pair of skintight, light-blue jeans, paired with a sleeveless top in a matching hue. Also causing comment was her lunch companion at eatery Casa Brindisa: George Percy, whom she dated back at Edinburgh University.

The son of the Duke of Northumberland (one of the richest men in England), Percy, 26, accompanied Pippa and her pals for a weekend romp in Madrid, Spain. The duo have reportedly been pals for over 10 years. Middleton’s current beau of one year, Alex Loudon, stayed behind in London.

(Middleton’s big sister Duchess Kate, 29, is currently wrapping up a reportedly $720,000 honeymoon on the Seychelles’ North Island with hubby Prince William.)

How does Pippa keep that suddenly-famous bod in shape, anyway? Pilates!

“Over the past few months I have noticed a huge difference in my core strength and posture,” she wrote of her fave studio at London’s Parson’s Green near her flat. “From breathing techniques, muscle toning to overall flexibility and relaxation, my Pilates sessions have become something of a weekly necessity that keeps me fit, happy and energized.”

[From Us Weekly]

Regarding my previous post where I referred to the House of Northumberland as “royal” – yeah, I was wrong. I was just thinking “duke, duchess, royal,” but many of you were right, the duchy of Northumberland is “aristocracy” and a member of the peerage, but not royal. I looked up the house on Wikipedia and I found that George Percy is really The Earl Percy, because he’s the firstborn son and heir to the current Duke of Northumberland. God, I love British sh-t. I could look up peerages all day and be quite happy. Anyway, if Pippa got with George right now, before he becomes a Duke, Pippa would be Lady Percy, and then later, the Duchess of Northumberland. And I do think Pippa is going to try to make this or something like this happen. Pippa wants a title. Maybe she won’t get to be a princess, but she may get to be a duchess.





Photos courtesy of Pacific Coast News.

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  1. really says:

    the son of the Duke of Northumberland, not to shabby……… let Pippa get her title on!

    Following in big sis footsteps.

  2. Genevieve says:

    As a Canadian…WTF?

  3. azurea says:


  4. Hautie says:

    I like Pippa’s outfit. And have started seeing girls wearing the same stuff here. (Texas)

    There is nothing wrong with wearing cute cotton casual wear. That fits.

    I am so tired of super low riders, belly shirts, tattoo’s and crusty feet in ratty flip flops… on twenty-somethings.

    I hope she sets the trend where girls wear cute appropriate clothing again.

    (Lordy, I feel old as dirt harping about how girls dress. I am about a half a step away, from screaming at those bad ass neighborhood kids to get off my lawn!) haha!

  5. mary jones says:

    Ugly outfit. Sorry but I don’t think either sister has any style.

  6. theotheryael says:

    i’m with genevieve…. wtf at the canadian tuxedo comment?

  7. Aria says:

    She is not pretty and her body is pretty average.

  8. Ponytail says:

    $720,000 for a honeymoon ? How on earth did they get that figure ?

  9. Kaiser says:

    Attention, overly sensitive Canadians!


    It’s seriously not offensive. Chillax.

  10. Roma says:

    @Genevieve: same coloured denim on denim is called a Canadian tuxedo. But it’s even worse when the denim’s are totally mismatched.

    That shirt and tight, white jeans would have looked awesome.

  11. Mari says:

    If this is becoming a trend (again) please let me off at the next stop. I will not be riding the denim train.

    On another note, $720,000 for an f’n honeymoon…! Did they rent a country??

  12. Dhavy says:

    There’s nothing sexy about her or her outfit.
    That said, she does look better than some of the sloppyness I see on women around her age

  13. Mia says:

    @Mari & Ponytail…Ridiculous, isn’t it? They rented every available bungalow on the resort so they could vacation in private.

    And Pippa will never happen. People will eventually tire of her and move on to the next D-lister.

  14. Heavenbound says:

    Can someone please inform me on why this woman is so wonderful? I have noticed that there has been a campaign around her since the royal wedding. It’s like a hard sell.. Every magazine wants us to believe how great she is. I don’t get it.

  15. mdf says:

    I believe the $720,000 was to rent out ALL of the villas (I read somewhere it was 11 of them) wherever it is they stayed. That’s the price you pay if you want privacy when you’re rich and famous, which I’m not agreeing with, just stating.

  16. Stephie says:

    (chillax! hahah, that’s an oldie but a goodie)

    I wonder what these famous people do with the handbags (clothes, shoes, etc.) that they only seem to wear/use once or twice. What happens to all the expensive (so-called “trendy”) merchandise?

  17. P.J. says:

    I love her necklace!

    Now that Kate and Will have tied the knot, the papers have to have someone young and beautiful, rich and sexy to write about, so here comes Pippa! They will now be obsessed with her love life until she too is married.

  18. Lisa Turtle says:

    It speaks volumes that her first public statement after the wedding is about pilates. This chick is loving the attention. She wants everyone to talk about her body and how she got it; she wants everyone to talk about her love life and how she climbed there; she wants everyone to pay attention to her, and not her sister.

    I’m already bored of Pipster. She’s just another famewhore. I can’t wait for her spectacular fall from grace, and some nasty snide quips about her non-existant hips from that evil old Camilla.

  19. mojoman says:

    She is ok but she is built like a boy (just like Kate), no hips nor a$$.

  20. Hanh says:

    Pippa is a smart ambitious woman who has always been keen to get to the top. I wouldn’t be surprised if she parlayed her international tabloid fame and her new royal connections to landing her a duchy. Whether it be Percy or not, she is going to get her Duke. I’m kinda jealous of her right now though 😛 hehe to be young and carefree with no money worries must be nice.

  21. Slim Charles says:

    She dresses like one of the girls in my high school in the 80’s. Those light-colored jeans look good on NO ONE.

  22. Embee says:

    She looks miserable, poor thing. I like that you see her wearing the same shoes over and over.

  23. Lisa says:

    Only Brits could become enthralled by a rear end like this, bless them.

  24. GradStudentEatingHotPockets says:

    Don’t feel old! I find myself yelling at the undergrads to “get a job” and “get off the quad”…which I guess I would consider my lawn haha. I also rant about them constantly if I see them. Next thing you know, I’ll be in the quad with curlers in my hair and sweat pants on and 50 cats…:)

  25. oh my! says:

    Canadian tuxedo? How offensive!! btw, she’s a pretty girl. Like her shoes..

  26. Tiffany says:

    Stephie, there are some great “used” clothing stores in London. I lived right near one and they had the most fabulous clothes, all maybe worn once. You can sell your designer clothes on consignment.

  27. guilty pleasures says:

    Hmmm, I too, am a little hurt by the Canadian tuxedo comment. I am Canadian, I live in an urban centre where people dress very well, the ‘BLANK dinner jacket’ comments are very pointed toward one community or neighbourhood, not our whole COUNTRY!!!
    (my gucci bag and shoes weep)

  28. RocketMerry says:

    Seriously, if she gets to marry Prince Hot Ginge, gives him a son and then Kate doesn’t “produce an heir”… Lordy, that would be a very OtherBoleynGirl-esque dramatic situation!
    That would be the ultimate sister-rivarly victory, ever. I’m almost hopin’ she does this… Go for it, Pippa!

  29. Zzzzzzzzz says:

    She has a great figure. Pippa may aiming to be a duchess, but I think she should hold out for princess. I think I read somewhere that Prince Harry and his on/off girl are off yet again…

  30. Kloops says:

    I laughed and I’m Canadian. But I did think denim on denim was a Texas tuxedo but what do i know? Regardless, Pippa, is a fashion fail. But I do have a hankering to dig out some denim…hmmm.

  31. Genevieve says:

    I know what it’s supposed to mean. It’s ugly no matter how you try to ‘match’ it, so call it something else. Texas Tuxedo?

  32. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    Where’s Lord Percy Percy, now? Did something happen to her foot?

  33. MJ says:

    As a Canadian, I am very familiar with the Canadian Tuxedo and it is in no way offensive! Think Bryan Adams in the ’80s or this: http://www.allmusic.com/album/canadian-tuxedo-r1382783

  34. KsGirl says:

    My fellow Canadians… I have come across the stereotype of Canucks as overly-sensitive and tried to fight it, and you’re not helping. It’s a JOKE! It’s funny! C’mon, we *aren’t* known for our sartorial skillz. And there are worse things in this world.

    As for Pippa. Meeeeeh.

  35. KateNonymous says:

    Cute, casual outfit in terms of shape and style, but it needs more contrast re: color.

  36. Zelda says:

    As a Canadian I’ve heard that lots.
    It’s a bloody joke, guys. I don’t even see how it COULD be offensive. You never make a joke about Americans or Brits? Come on.

  37. Testarosa says:

    Thanks, Kaiser, for providing the Urban Dictionary definition of “Canadian tuxedo”. Though Canadian, I’d never heard of it. What a total hoot! That said, I think it might be applied more in a regional than a blanket, cross-country sense: I am a Montrealer and, believe me, the vast majority of women here are very, very well-turned-out — pretty much as a rule. Sigh: it’s hard being female in Montreal. :-)))

  38. Lindsay says:

    Lisa Turtle: To be fair it was a testimonial on their website. Who knows when she said it? I’m sure the studio is using the hack out of it right now! I do think she is buying into her own hype and it is ALL hype, she is not amazing or interesting. The most interesting thing about this post is that so many people are objecting to “Canadian tuxedo”! It is a really common term and has been around for years.

  39. Lindsay says:

    Texas tuxedo is a denim jacket, denim jeans, bolo tie and button down shirt. There is usually cowboy boots and/or a cowboy hat. But they are pretty much interchangeable terms. Maybe it is what Canadians call it. I have heard both terms and as a Texan neither one bothers me. I’ve even heard other Texans use the term “Texas Tuxedo” and even though Texas, like Canada, has very metropolitan areas and many citizens with great taste and dress up. There are rural areas where people dress down and put practicality ahead of atheistics. It doesn’t imply the whole state (or country) dresses poorly! Also, no matter how fashionable the town there are always some people who don’t care and/or don’t dress well. It is meant to be funny. So I second the chillax sentiment!

    But Genevieve how does it make it any better? Because you don’t live there? Hate to break it to you but the term has been for YEARS and the name has stuck. It’s not like everyone thinks that this is actually Canadian formal wear or how everyone dresses. It is also not Kaiser’s term/exclusive to this site. What is the big deal? There are a lot more offensive slang terms and Canadian stereotypes.

  40. 4Real says:

    Man they have the tools but cant put a decent outfit together??? That’s hard for me…get it together Pippa!

  41. She’s a good looking woman and that body is anything but average in my opinion. I think she looks great and more power to her. She’ll probably not escape the double-edged sword of celebrity, and long for the old days one day soon. And I don’t blame the newlyweds for desiring a bit of privacy and not wanting to worry that someone’s taking cellphone snaps of their cellulite so we can judge it. They can afford it, more power to them, too.

  42. Sakota says:

    So I take it that her beau Alex Loudon will be kicked to the curb soon?

  43. Chickadees4me says:

    As a Canadian living in a urban area with relatives who are farmers, don’t see anyone dressing like that. Odd term, and untrue.

  44. Roma says:

    Canadians – calm the hell down.

    It’s an expression. Just like how people in American make “aboot” jokes. On How I Met Your Mother they do hilarious rips on Canadian stereotypes.

    AND as much as you’re defending our fine home land (which yes, our major urban centres are excluded) you know that there are a fair amount of guys in northern Ontario rocking that look and loving it. No shame.

  45. MJ says:

    Hell, I even rock the CanTux now and again while doing yardwork. It’s a term my parents used as far back as the 1980s here in BC!

  46. Zelda says:

    Don’t forget the Canadian dinner jacket (lumberjack plaid jacket)

    And touchy Canadians–if your biggest complaint about international stereotyping is “They think we all wear double denim!” (they don’t) then realise how lucky we are as a nation.

  47. Poppy says:

    Actually if Pippa married George Percy right now, she would become ‘Countess Percy’ so she would have a title right there no waiting, it would upgrade to Duchess after his father passes on.

    She would be more than a Lady on the nobility scale, Lady is a title the daughters of Earls inherit , such as Lady Diana Spencer, who was the daughter of Earl Spencer.

    Prince Edward (the Queens 3rd son) is the Earl of Wessex and Sophie his wife is the Countess of Wessex (there are no British Counts)

    In the British peerage all Dukes and some Earls are regarded as being higher on the nobility charts than Princes (who are a dime a dozen in Europe), thats why Prince Phillip (a prince of the Greek royal family) was given the title Duke of Edinburgh on his marriage to the Queen, hence Williams recent upgrade to Duke on his marriage.

  48. painterspirit says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised at all if she got back together with George. She wants that title! She couldn’t possibly let her sister be the only Duchess now, could she? But, I have to say, I don’t know why the media is trying to make her ‘happen’. She’s a plain-face, boy-bodied girl. I remember the blissful days where I didn’t know who she was. *Siiigh*

  49. Ashley says:

    As a Canadian I know that a proper Canadian tuxedo is made from a much darker denim, and has sleeves. I prefer the ultra classy black denim Canadian tuxedo. It looks like she put on some old rags to paint.

  50. koko269 says:

    I’m from Canada but never heard of that term. Interesting though. Canadian Tuxedo. I swear, not all of us are lumberjacks or eskimos. =P

  51. Canuck says:

    Not only that, but we don’t take a skidoo to work, nor do we live in igloos. We’ve even got electricity. Besides, doncha know that it’s -40 C all year round and we’re under 10 feet of snow, denim just doesn’t cut it, we wear furs and little racoon hats with the tail attached.

  52. Franny says:

    I agree with everyone above complaining about young girls dressing terrible. I’m a recent graduate (of a week) and spending the last 5 years in college makes me hate most girls. High school sweatpants tucked into uggs are not cute. Buy some jeans, put on a nice shirt. Its not hard. Even though the Middleton girls are obviously dressing nice because they know they are being photographed, I appreciate their style of dress. Its chic but young.

    And I also love her necklace because I wear the same one everyday (its a diamond passed down to the first female on my mother’s side for the last 4 generations). Its simple and goes with everything!

  53. Peanut says:

    Hahaha… Canadian Tuxedo is not offensive. I always laugh to myself whenever I see my fellow Canadians rocking one. Thought I thought it was more specifically jeans and a jean jacket.

  54. Tiffany says:

    Yes, I know how you Canadians feel about Americans. My kids got beat up and called names constantly in school last year. That said, ladies in Montreal DO dress fairly nice. It’s not LA or London, but everyone dresses pretty well there. Lived there almost all of last year, and will be back in a month-2 months in Montreal, 3 in Toronto, where I have never been.
    Honestly, you guys are very nice, but I do not get the American hate. We don’t hate you nor rip your government a new one-what’s with the hate, “polite” Canadians? I honestly don’t understand-my husband works for a Canadian company and we are surrounded by Canadians.
    BTW, loved living in Quebec city as well!

  55. jello says:

    As for Canadians taking the chill road, I’ve certainly seen American, Scottish, Irish and other communities get in a snit when they’ve felt insulted (rightly or wrongly) on this site, don’t see why we should be any different.

  56. Zelda says:

    It’s equally annoying when all the groups do it. It’s not like our morals or integrity were questioned in some way. It’s a joke about wearing denim, for chrissake. Do you REALLY think everyone from Texas has giant belt buckles and 10-gallon hats? Or that everyone from Maine wears deck shoes and sweaters knotted around their shoulders? And that everyone in England wears tweed and monocles? No, because you are not a total moron and know a lighthearted joke about stereotypes when you see one. Give the non-Canadians some credit in that they don’t actually think it’s a reality and take one on the chin. If people can’t take a little teasing, they are making their own lives unnecessarily miserable.

    Though I admit to being puzzled by the “Canadians say ‘a-boot'” myth. We clearly say “a-boat”.

  57. Andie B says:

    Poor old Pippa is probably on a post wedding downer. She looks fine, but white jeans would have been a better choice. She will definately become a Countess rather than marry some wealthy guy with no title. I’m sure I wore denim on denim a couple of times in 1992,and I thought I looked great.

  58. Testarosa says:

    @Tiffany: I SO envy you for having had the chance to live in Québec City. I get there every chance I can (it being only two hours away). Though a proud and bilingual Montrealer, I would have to say that bilingual service is far easier to come by in Québec City. On top of all that, the city looks like something out of a fairy tale. BTW, Toronto is very different from Montreal but there’s a tremendous amount to do there: you definitely won’t get bored. Good luck!

  59. Tiffany says:

    Testarosa, I actually can’t wait to get back to Montreal, I feel like it’s a second home. Quebec city was LOVELY to live in, and we will go back when Cirque gets double days off. Montreal is great, we’ll be there for the jazz festival, and the summer. Cirque’s hometown always treats us well! Lets me use the French too!
    I will say that Canada does have it’s problems too. Homeless, druggies and trash-all nations have their problems!

  60. londonLady says:

    She is dressed like a typical sloane ranger- a.k.a preppster. Fashions don’t really impact on that look- its all about the bling. She does not look like a typical 29 year old woman for london, its a specific look.

  61. eternalcanadian says:

    Lolz @ Canadian tuxedo. I’m Canadian and this is the first I’ve heard of such a term. 😛

    Interesting William and Catherine spent almost a million dollars on a ten-day honeymoon. Trying “to be like normal folks”, yeah right pull the other finger. 😐

    Philippa definitely dumping Alex. Why hang out with him when she can be the Duchess of Northumberland! 😛

    @Zelda: Regarding the word about, I’ve never used a-boat. I say a-bowt. Are you sure you’re Canadian? 😛

  62. Suz says:

    Does anyone else think Pippa has sorta ugly face? She does have a fit body, but really man-like features. Don’t understand what the hoopla is about. Kate is *way* prettier.

  63. Fue McCormick says:

    Pippa Middleton: Ugly outfit No. 4. Honestly, the casual top and jeans are fine, but what the hell was she thinking when she picked those shoes?