She’s used to turning heads, but Pippa Middleton’s latest look has divided self-declared fashion critics around the world.
The 34-year-old socialite, who’s pregnant with her first child, attended the christening of her baby nephew Prince Louis on Monday, and dressed up for the occasion in a powder-blue dress by London-based designer Alessandra Rich.
Pinched in at the waist and with a pleated drop skirt, the dress skimmed over the smallest hint of her growing baby bump and finished just below the knee. In typical 1940s fashion, it also featured a large collar and bold satin cuffs.
Given the prestigious royal event it was, Pippa also accessorised with a matching blue hat, clutch and towering Jimmy Choo heels with a delicate strap around the ankle.
However, Pippa soon began to feel the wrath of social media users, who of course are never shy at coming forward with their criticisms and dubbed her vintage outfit choice “hideous”.
“While I’m no fashionista, those dresses are absolutely hideous. Did they borrow them from the Queen?” one commentator wrote.
Another added: “This fashion might have been hot in [the] 1800’s.” And a third wrote: “That looks horrible and ill fitting.”
Others however, loved the outfit, with many taking to social media to praise her outfit choice.
“She looks good. Love the dress. I love pleats,” one wrote, and another added, “I love her outfit, she looks so good!”
Also arriving at St James’ Palace were the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, as Meghan Markle made an eye-catching appearance in a fitted olive frock and matching fascinator, as well as proud grandparents Prince Charles and Camilla and Michael and Carole Middleton.
However, the Queen, 92, and Prince Philip, 97, were noticeably absent. The Palace said the Queen was unable to attend the service due to her busy schedule this week.
Following the service, where Prince Louis was flanked by six godparents, the royals made their way to Clarence House where they enjoyed an intimate afternoon tea with guests.