Monday, April 8, 2013

When life hands you lemons, make dresses!

When we see these beautiful inspiring prints, we think nothing but happy thoughts! 
Images via Lilly Pulitzer Blog

They bring feelings of happiness, joy, love, fun, and summer. What other brand but Lilly Pulitzer that can provoke these feelings? We were sad to hear of Lilly Pulitzer's passing yesterday and wanted to do a post on the great legacy she left behind. There is no way that one post can do all of that, but we hope that it'll bring feelings of happiness, joy, love, fun, and summer.

The brilliance of the Lilly Pulitzer brand started with a juice stand! Yes, a juice stand in sunny Florida in 1959. If you've ever tried to make juice yourself using fresh fruits, you've probably made a little mess and got stains all over your clothes. It's also good to note that back in the 1960s, kitchen gadgets weren't what they are today, so a few juice squirts flying here and there were probably common! But Miss Lilly took one look at those stains and was inspired by them. 

She definitely took the saying "when life hands you lemons, make lemonade" to a whole different level! She designed beautiful print shift dresses that would hide these stains nicely. 

Customers soon took notice of these pretty dresses and Miss Lilly started selling them at her juice stand and was soon selling more dresses than juice! These shift dresses are what the little black dress is/was to the Chanel brand, iconic and classic. The Lilly, as they were called, was born, and flourished in the 1960s all the way though the 1980s where they were worn by fashion icons like Jackie O. Today, the brand is still going strong. The iconic fashion designer definitely redefined the preppy look one print at a time. 

Image via Lilly Pulitzer
Lilly Pulitzer in her shop in Palm Beach in one of her sleeveless shift dress.

Images via Lilly Pulitzer
A few of our favorite looks from Lilly Pulitzer's Spring 2013 look book.

Lillian Pulitzer Rousseau

XO Wil Harris


  1. This is such a wonderful tribute, I had no idea about her history, so fascinating!

    1. Hi Sam,
      Thank you! We hope you're having a great time on vacation.


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