Pippa Middleton's fashion tips for Royal Ascot goers

Who better to dole out Royal Ascot fashion advice than the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister, Pippa Middleton?

In a new column for Vanity Fair, Kate’s socialite sibling offers her tips on how to dress for the prestigious racing event.

“It is a busy day trying to fit in horse racing, betting, picnics and afternoon tea – oh, and avoiding sinking your heels into the grass,” she advises.

“I recommend wedged shoes – there's often a lot of walking.”

Pippa Middleton

The advice comes after the Duchess, née Kate Middleton, donned wedged heels to tread on the sand at manly during her royal tour Down Under.

“Some picnics are really elaborate, with white tablecloths and even real butlers!” Pippa added about the racing meet she attends every year.

Pippa recently opened up in a report by the Daily Telegraph newspaper, about the Alexander McQueen bridesmaid dress that she wore to sister Kate’s wedding to Prince William in 2011.

The slinky gown instantly catapulted her to international fame.

“As I have found out, recognition has its upside, its downside and – you may say – its backside,” she joked at a dinner held by Women in Advertising and Communications London group.

Revealing that she was so nervous before her sister’s wedding that she didn’t sleep for two days, she said of her bridesmaid dress that she was just “glad it fitted” at the time, but added, “In retrospect, it fitted a little too well!”

Around 400 people attended the dinner, which was held at London’s Savoy Hotel.

Many were surprised by Pippa’s candor, as she admitted that accusations she was cashing in on her royal connections by writing a book and magazine columns had hurt her.

Pippa Middleton and the Duchess of Cambridge

She also said that the negative response to her party planning book Celebrate – which only sold 18,000 copies – had been “difficult”.

“It was the first time she’s made a speech of this kind, but you wouldn’t have known it, she was so relaxed," one guest told the Mirror. "It was unbelievable how open she was – I don’t think anyone was expecting that.

“She talked about the royal wedding and her career since. She came across as really grateful for the opportunities but also talked about the pitfalls of her position.”

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