Pippa Middleton in a £1,200 Suzannah dress at Wimbledon: cute or overpriced?


As we know, the Middleton family loves their tennis. Over the weekend, the Daily Mail even claimed that Pippa and Carole Middleton were trying to “push” their way into memberships at the All England Club, the club which hosts Wimbledon. As of right now, Pippa and Carole are not members, but for some reason, the Middletons always get seated in the royal box. The same thing happened on the first day of Wimbledon Monday: Pippa and James Middleton arrived to watch James Ward vs. Novak Djokovic (Novak won, of course) and they were seated in a prominent position in the royal box. The last time this happened, the Daily Mail called them “pushy, useless and Kardashian-esque.” I can’t wait to see what they’re called this year!

Anyway, the point is that Pippa was photographed and she made an effort to look like the sister of the future queen. And much like the Duchess of Cambridge, I think Pippa needs to make smarter investments with her clothing purchases. I was aghast to realize that Kate spent £3,450 of her father-in-law’s money on that terrible Dolce & Gabbana dress, and now I’m equally aghast that Pippa spent £1,200 on this Suzannah dress. I think this is a cute dress, absolutely. It’s appropriate, it’s summery, it’s sweet. But not for £1,200!!! This dress should cost a few hundred dollars/pounds, not more than a grand. All of that money for bib around your neck and a frilly skirt that hikes up when you sit down? Not worth it, people. Also: what do the Middleton sisters have against pencil skirts? Did a pencil skirt hurt them as children?

PS… I’m a little bit surprised that Pippa didn’t come to Wimbledon with her soon-to-be fiancé James Matthews. She’s gone to Wimbledon before with friends/boyfriends and there’s every indication that James and Pippa are pretty serious about each other. Come on, give us some photos!




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  1. LannisterForever says:

    Cute AND overpriced IMO.

    • Imqrious2 says:

      For that money, the flowers at the seams should be matched. This looks like a Home Ec project, esp. the way it pulls at the sides. I first thought it was ruching, but it appeared on one side, and then it appeared on the other! That’s just tight/pulling. Sorry Pips, this is a big Fail in my book.

      • Hazel says:

        I completely agree. It reminded me of dresses my mother made for me when I was a kid, but hers were better made. And I wore a slip. Didn’t Carole teach her daughters about slips?

    • minx says:

      It looks better when she is seated. It’s not flattering to her body when she is walking…for some reason.
      And it looks very inexpensive.

    • Smith says:

      There are some photos in the DM and she really seems to be mean-girling Rebel Wilson who was sitting directly in front of her –

      Seriously she had a couple of looks on her face that I recall from 12th grade.

      Or maybe she just has WRBF (Wimbledon Resting Bitch Face). It’s a thing.

  2. AmandaPanda says:

    it’s awful

    and why is she, well, clutching a clutch? I can’t imagine carrying what looks like an evening clutch to a daytime sports event

    • Lynnie says:

      Oh it’s a thing. Clutches are even being used more and more in the daytime as a way to add “casual glam” or so I’ve been told. Fashion is impractical at times what can I say

    • Sarah says:

      I agree. Not even cute. Would be on the CLEARANCE rack at TJ Maxx for $18. Ugly.

  3. Patricia says:

    That dress shouldn’t cost a cent over $60. It’s awful and cheap looking, in my opinion.
    When I think what I could do with 1200 pounds…

  4. I like this dress but not on her. She is not supported by taxpayers so she could wear expensive clothing without being criticized for it.

    Classic case of nepotism, these middletons.

    • HH says:

      I like the dress as well, but two things are needed on Pippa. First, tailoring. It’s ill-fitted in the hip/waist area. Second, new shoes. The dress calls for a “lighter” look. Strappy sandals or peep-toe pumps. The thick straps and wedges weigh the look down. Actually,while I’m at it, she should lose the watch too, or switch it with a smaller one.

    • Sarah says:

      And it struck me for the first time how much Kate looks like her brother – practically twins!!!!

  5. Megan says:

    Surprised to see the Midds so early in the tournament. They tend to favor the later matches and It would be awkward if Pippa attended more matches than Kate, the new patron. I doubt Kate will show for anything other than the men’s final.

    As for not bringing her boyfriend, the Club owns the royal box and controls the invites. Perhaps James Mathew was not extended an invitation.

    Pippa does not know how to dress for her figure. Frilly just doesn’t work on her.

    • Whatabout says:

      Her boyfriend/fiancé has a pretty serious job as the head of a major hedge fund. I doubt he can take off many days.

    • Lisa says:

      Unlike Pippa and James Middleton, James Mathews is not there because he actually works for a living. As for Pippa’s dress sense, I agree that she doesn’t know how to dress for her figure. This overpriced but underwhelming flouncy dress is doing her no favours. And the shoes are ugly IMO.
      Also, is flashing photographers a Middleton family compulsion? Why the need to lift up her dress to cross her legs? So tacky! I guess any attention is good attention in her mind.

    • Tourmaline says:

      James Matthews definitely has more going on business-wise than Pippa or Brother James, but he created the hedge fund he works at (Eden Rock, named after his family’s resort in St Barths). So it’s not like he has to hoard his vacay days or anything. He isn’t a working stiff.

  6. JustVisiting says:

    I don’t care for the shoulders.
    And for a dress that price the pattern shouldn’t be cut at the stitch.

    It’s an OK dress, but should not cost more than £40 imo.

  7. Nicole says:

    It’s cute but overpriced. But like someone already said she pays for her own clothes so what do I care?
    I do think they could both rock a pencil skirt but idk is that something Kate would be allowed to wear? I’m truly asking because I have no idea

    • LAK says:

      Her preferred style is floucy, full skirts, but she has worn pencil skirts/dresses.

    • Adele Dazeem says:

      I think Kate is allowed to wear pencil skirts–Diana did 30 years ago. My personal theory is that she thinks she looks bad in them so she refuses. Although I’m not a fan of her fashion these days, I get the impression everything Kate wears is very deliberate to conceal what she perceives as her flaws. If only she’d let me dress her!? Gaaaaaah

      • Locke Lamora says:

        Her hips are more narrow than her ahoulders, so maybe she’s self conscious about that?

      • Lisa says:

        Yes. I think she figures that a fuller skirt gives her a more hour-glass shape since she has such a boyish figure. (Also, I think she likes to titillate with the possibility of a flash every now and then). But then she often wears more fitted sheath dresses too especially on more formal occasions. Either way, she’s a boring dresser and her accessories and shoe game are the worst.

      • Nicole says:

        Got it I don’t really follow the royals beyond looking at pictures occasionally and I was a kid when Diana died so it was a genuine question. A few of my friends have said they wanted to dress Kate ha

      • Adele Dazeem says:

        Omg we ALL want to dress that woman!! She’s got such potential and such opportunity to be so awesome! Gaaaah

    • COSquared says:

      I’ve seen Sophie and Camilla in pantsuits(which is funny considering that Kate apologists claim trousers aren’t allowed) so I think a pencil skirt won’t be much of a deal.

      • LAK says:

        Kate wears jeggings to engagements yet people think trousers aren’t allowed?! O_0!!!!

      • Vava says:

        Hopefully Kate will ditch the jeggings sometime during my lifetime, because they do not look professional or appropriate for someone in her position.

    • Betti says:

      I am getting quite annoyed that the Middleton PR that Kate can’t do ‘things’ because the palace won’t let her -its BS. She can do and wear whatever she likes – she just likes floaty skirts that blow up in the wind, giving us all an eyeful of the royal biscuit.

  8. COSquared says:

    It’s eerily similar to the dress she “designed” for charity-does anyone know how much was raised? Anyways, chances are it’s a freebie- the necklace wasn’t the only occasion where a gift/freebie was accepted.

  9. Lainey says:

    It’s awful. Don’t understand that ruffle thing at all. And apparently that plain red had is bespoke!? Like why I could find an exact replica for a couple of euros.

  10. Rapunzel says:

    I see London, I see France, I see Pippa’s underpants. Why can’t she or her sister sit properly in a skirt/dress?

  11. lilacflowers says:

    Those shoes are hideous.

    • BDA says:

      Eunice on the old Carol Burnett show

    • Pixelated says:

      New from Middleton Orthopedics: the Wimbledon. Free your corns in this delightfully supportive sandal made from soft nappa leather. With a .25′ heel, this shoe is especially appropriate at book signings or the opening of a Boomf factory, if you have to stand for 5 hours, that is! Not too flattering, not too crazy, these cozy babies won’t make you look like you’re trying too hard. Hyacinth Bucket would definitely approve. Best to wear with overpriced floral dresses and/or signet rings. Cost: $700.

  12. Kita says:

    I wonder if either Pippa or James will ever again make a
    ‘semi-official’ appearance with a gf/bf at a public event (not charity skiing race, etc), or will they wait until properly engaged or even married now? Perhaps part of an effort to appear more discerning and socially elevated?

  13. Wren33 says:

    I love the way a pencil skirt looks, but I find them really uncomfortable to wear. I love flouncy skirts.

  14. lisa2 says:

    I’m still surprised that Pippa is still getting attention. I don’t understand that. She doesn’t do anything really.

    I like the bottom of the dress. The top part throws it off. That’s it.

  15. SusieQ says:

    The dress is cute but overpriced and her shoes look like my neighbours house shoes.

  16. Hazel says:

    As always with Pippa, the try is strong on this one.

  17. burnsie says:

    Neither Kate nor Pippa knows how to dress for their figures. Neither of them need to emphasize their shoulders

  18. serious says:

    Fugly shoes, fugly sunglasses and fugly hair. By the time I get to the dress, I am already done.

  19. TeamAwesome says:

    Nope. She would look so much better in some clean lines. That dress is so ill fitted and the shoes are fug.

  20. Citresse says:

    The Tzar’s pants shrunk at the dry cleaners.

  21. Llamas says:

    Pips with the tips is back, thirsting for attention!

    Also, what’s with the photo nearly showcasing her crotch?

    And where is her sister Daisy?

  22. Danielle says:

    Something about the dress is off. I think maybe the size is too small?

    • Rae says:

      I definitely think it is on the tight side. Perhaps a little looser on the waist would help it not look as cheap as it does now.

      I just don’t like it simply for the very large collar. As someone who has a decent chest, I’ve never been able to get away with wearing them (and thankfully, I’m not deliberately trying too because their hideous), I’ve come to despise them.

    • Cricket says:

      agreed. I thought it was a Kate cast-off – especially through the waist area and it is lower in the back than in the front?

      I totally agree with everyone up top regarding the cost vs. the pattern and all the poppies being cut off in the seaming, never would pay that much money for a dress with that workmanship.

      I wonder if she and James Matthews marry, if she will switch from being known as ‘sister to the future queen’ to ‘sister in law of Spencer Matthews’ .. hehe

  23. Hollz says:

    That dress is frickin’ terrible! Which is extremely annoying because it has some potential. Get rid of the bizarre should thing, line up the print, and fix the fit and it could have been a cute, appropriate dress for Wimbledon.

  24. CarolinaBelle says:

    The signet ring makes another appearance!

    • Tourmaline says:

      Somebody educate me on the signet rings of the Middletons. What is on it, their made-up crest? I can see some kind of design on Pippa’s but can’t make out what it is. I remember something about the Midds designing a coat of arms around the royal wedding–something about an acorn and skis?

      I’m surprised Kate and Wills don’t wear the rings as well to display their allegiance to all things Middleton.

      • LAK says:

        The ring has their coat of arms.

        Only the Middletons can brazenly design a coat of arms around their personal pleasures as opposed to service to crown or country which is the usual type of thing anyone with arms wants to highlight in said arms.

        William doesn’t wear rings, not even a wedding ring. Kate has the ultimate trophy in her engagement ring, why have people focus on anything else?

      • Cee says:

        It’s not a made up crest. Before the wedding Michael Middleton was granted a coat of arms he helped design because it represents his branch of the Middleton family. His coat of arms can be used by his wife and children – Kate used it in the wedding programme.

        It seems all of the Middletons – with the exception of Michael – wear signet rings with their coat of arms. People mock them because the coat of arms is new (and not inherited) and possibly granted only because Kate was going to be the only bride marrying into the Royal Family in history without a family coat of arms.

      • Vava says:

        LOL………these Middletons are so gauche.

        I’m a descendant of William Sevenoke, Mayor of London in 1418, maybe I should design a coat of arms. LOLOLOL……………..

      • Sarah says:

        I’m a descendent of an Irishman who was a drunk and was going to be shipped back to Ireland, courtesy of the US government, so he jumped off the ship while still in NY harbor and swam back to shore.
        My coat of arms will include a pint of beer and a swimmer. :)

      • Olenna says:

        The Middleton coat-of-arms is “made up” and is not based on MM’s ancestry. The way this description reads, most of the design input came from Carole.
        “The Middleton Family worked closely with the College of Arms throughout the design process to create a Coat of Arms that was personal to them and visually identified them as a family.”

    • Megan says:

      I have a signet ring. I recently dug it out of my jewelry box to wear as part of my “preppy” costume for a 1980′s party. I thought that trend died out 30 years go.

  25. Joannie says:

    I’ve never found her to be particularly attractive but I love the dress and shoes. Very cute! I’d wear it. And it doesn’t appear cheap to me.

  26. hogtowngooner says:

    She looks awfully smug for being so useless.

  27. Redgrl says:

    Pattern is nice, but I find the style, cut, tailoring hideous. Nice to see flashing is a family trait….

  28. ickythump says:

    Did they include a boomf marshmallow on th coat of arm?I cant stick this pair of smug useless posers.

  29. Denise says:

    I too would look smug if I was wearing that hot Laura Ashley valance.

  30. Meadow says:

    No restrictions on Pip getting free stuff so the price is irrelevant to her, in fact she is probably being paid to wear it.

  31. mazzie says:

    Yeah, for 1200 pounds, at least make the print match at the seams and line the damn thing.

  32. Starlight says:

    The dress is so tight that it rides up when she sits down so you would have thought she would have tested it out before showing off her top thighs and pants. Wimbledon centre court is full of cameras both media and general public including the public peering through binoculars to look at the players from seating that is far from the action. So or if your really nosy your peering through binoculars a those in the Royal box. So they must have got an eye full ALL of them!