Pippa Middleton’s throwback raspberry wrap dress is perfection – and it has a very special connection to sister Kate!

We love this throwback photo of Pippa’s timeless wrap dress – but did you spot the connection to a very important Kate moment?

Pippa Middleton's throwback raspberry wrap dress has a connection to sister Kate
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A throwback photo of Pippa Middleton attending the wedding of a friend back in 2012 proves that her style is timeless. The raspberry silky wrap dress from Issa is perfectly versatile and can be accessorised to transition from summery soirees to autumnal events. While Pippa’s outfit is great, we especially love the hidden detail which connects her look to one of her sister’s most memorable life events.

Sisters sharing clothes is nothing new, but we absolutely love the connection between this throwback outfit of Pippa Middleton and one of Kate Middleton’s biggest life moments.

Back in 2012, Pippa looked pretty in pink as she carried out bridesmaid duties for the wedding of her friends Camilla Hook and Sam Holland.

Pippa wore a gorgeous raspberry wrap dress from Issa – the Forever dress – and completed her look with an oversized bloom headdress.

The Issa Forever wrap dress is long sold-out now, and it was in huge demand after Kate Middleton wore the exact same dress at the presentation of her engagement to Prince William.

Whereas Pippa opted for a bright raspberry, Kate made the dress instantly iconic when she wore it in a dark blue for the official announcement of her engagement to Prince William in November 2010.

Prince William and Kate Middleton announce their engagement in 2010

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It’s no surprise that Kate chose blue for the special occasion – the Royal Family are thought to turn to various hues of blue for a very intentional reason.

During the special announcement, Kate’s Issa wrap dress was front and centre – which was later dubbed “The Kate Effect” as it sold out instantly – as the royal pair explained how Prince William popped the question.

They revealed the romantic proposal came when the pair were vacationing in Kenya with friends. While they had been discussing an impending engagement for a while, Kate was still surprised when the big moment arrived.

“It was a total shock when it came,” Kate said. “There's a true romantic in there.”

Kate might have given sister Pippa a heads-up, as she was able to snag her own Issa wrap dress before the brand went bust.

Issa – which actually went into administration after struggling to cope with the unprecedented demand after Kate wore the label – offered the wrap dress in a selection of hues including emerald green, yellow, orange and lime.

It’s not the only time the Middleton women have shared clothes.

Many of Carole Middleton’s most stylish looks tend to share similarities to her daughters’ favourite designers, and Carole has indeed stepped out in the same clothes as Kate many times before.

One of Carole’s style hacks is thought to be loved by Kate, too - and we bet Kate will pass this down to Princess Charlotte. 

Jack Slater
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