Pippa Middleton, Nico Jackson, Sugarplum Ball, London

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It must be hard to play second fiddle to your big sister, the future Queen of England, but in this jaw-dropping gown, Pippa Middleton proves she can reign regardless.

Take note, America. This is how you stay incredibly sexy while still dripping with refined sophistication. In this intricate black gown, Pippa could just as easily perform a sultry number at a hot night club as she could curtsy before the queen. Though, if Queen Elizabeth saw her in this dress, she might wonder if Will picked the right woman...

From our vantage point, two things make this look work so perfectly. The first is that it's sheer but not see-through. We don't catch an inch of side-boob, butt or abs, thanks to the thick fabric and nude underlining, but the netted material over top still looks sexy thanks to that detailed ribbing pattern. The effect is vintage '20s, which is always classy.

But that antique feel would be nothing without the flared skirt. See how the shape hugs Pippa's body without being too tight? There's room for it to breath and yet you can still see all the curves in her slight frame.

We know that Kate is the official royal, but in this gown, Pippa deserves her own title.

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