Lilly Pulitzer — who decades ago chose to live in Palm Beach year-round while others visited — was the originator (the OG, if you will!) of resort wear, creating a shift dress to suit her lifestyle on the Island. Now decades later, the sunny Lilly Pulitzer brand continues to grow with a penchant for pinks, vibrant brights and living colorfully.
I must confess when we moved here in 2005, I didn’t totally get it. I barely wore pink (I love it now), and the only print I owned was a blue stripe. Looking at these photos gives me a chuckle thinking how far I’ve come and how happy this fun print, amazing details (hello pom pom and tassel neckline!) and flattering silhouette makes me feel. While I must confess that some Lilly prints (i.e. like a sea urchin on a blouse) is just not my thing, I’ve become a big fan over the years. My first Lilly Putlizer pieces were scalloped shorts and a navy tank Adam got for me years ago… and both, after lots of use, still look nearly brand new today.
For a shift like this one, pair it with a denim jacket or shawl for evening or as you head into fall, and while I’m styling it more casually for a girls’ lunch date — you know because I’m such a lady who leisurely lunches, lol — you can easily dress it up with heels or wedges. Lilly would want you to have fun with it however you style it!
PS, sale alert! Lilly Pulitzer has through the end of the day Wednesday, Aug. 30 has its huge After Party Sale, with major discounts on its spring and summer collections. Over the years, I’ve gotten a solid number of amazing deals so if you’re curious, totally check it out!
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Photography by Erica Dunhill