Although at times, I may have had a love-hate relationship with the brand of all things pink and green, as a southern girl born and raised I can’t deny Lilly Pulitzer as being a huge influence on my style. In learning of her passing on Monday at age 81, I decided that a tribute to this fashion visionary was in order. From graduations and the Kentucky Derby, to Sunday brunches and Easter celebrations,Lilly dresses have been a staple in my wardrobe for as long as I can remember. And while I may have strayed a bit from these pastel whimsical prints, I can’t help but smile when Spring comes around and the iconic prints start to show up again. Here are some of my favorite looks.
For those of you who aren’t very familiar with the brand, let me educate you. Lilly came from humble beginnings in Palm Beach, Florida. She and her husband owned a juice stand and she noticed that she always seemed to stain her uniform with the bright citrusy colors of the juices. Lillly then decided to create her own uniform to camoflauge the stains, and this was the birth of Lilly Pulitzer. Headquartered in Miami, the brand quickly adopted some very high profile fans like Jackie Kennedy, Caroline Kennedy, and members of the Rockefeller and Vanderbilt families. After about a 10-year hiatus during the 80s, the brand was revived and has been going strong ever since. With over 75 stores, and global recognition, Lilly became known as the “Queen of Prep”, and I believe that her signature styles will continue to leave their mark on the fashion world.
Featured below: Lilly herself, Jackie Kennedy in a classic Lilly shift, LP runway show, the designer in her studio