Personal style emerges when we interpret trends and traditions for our own lifestyles.
Take Lilly Pulitzer, for example, whose brand emerged from one colorful, printed cotton dress she had made to disguise stains on her clothing while running a juice stand in Palm Beach. Soon she was selling more dresses than juice (especially after her former schoolmate, Jackie Kennedy, was spotted wearing a Lilly shift dress while on vacation in 1962).
Today, we are all familiar with the iconic brights and patterns of Lilly’s brand that are synonymous with spring and summer, but I have often wondered how the look of Lilly fits into my fall/winter wardrobe. When I recently happened into The Pink Magnolia, a Lilly Pulitzer shop in St. Louis, a few of the girls on staff—owner Lori Ann Malugen, assistant manager Sarah Gordon and sales associate Elizabeth Holbrook (my cute and stylish niece!)—helped me answer this question. Three tops and two scarves later, I was convinced.
Today, Sarah shows StyleBlueprint a few looks from Lilly Pulitzer that break traditional post-Labor Day rules and highlight the current trend to mix it up. Welcome, Sarah!
Lilly is falling for fall all over again. With softer, more romantic silhouettes and layering of fabrics and textures, Lilly is embracing a more feminine and sophisticated look this season.
Who says you can’t wear white after Labor Day?
With the Jamie Sweater in Cameo White Battenburg Stitch ($158) and the Worth Skinny Mini pants in Cameo White ($158), white is always an option. And then, of course, there’s always the Leighton Blazer in Cameo White ($178) and the Stella Pant in a beautiful Cameo White Metallic Scallop ($178). For a more formal occasion, Lilly also offers the Wythe Dress in a Cameo White Metallic Scallop ($278). Cameo is the color of the season!
Break a few rules and keep wearing your favorite whites alone or combined with traditional fall combinations. And don’t forget, white is always a crisp choice with your jeans!
Mixing Textures, Colors and Patterns
Mixing it up is big for fall/winter 2013-2014. Lilly comes by this naturally, but with an approach that is distinctive to the brand. For example, the Joycelyn Cardigan in Mambo Pink ($148) and Guava Top (short sleeve silk tee with pocket detail) in Bright Navy Get Hoppy ($128) pairs a popular fall pattern with one of Lilly’s favorite signature colors—pink!
The layering of a Hagen Jacket shown in True Navy Metallic Boucle ($278) over a Kate Sweater in True Navy ($178) with the Luxury Capri, also True Navy ($158), illustrates some of the rich textures making up Lilly’s fall line. The beaded sweater shows a fine attention to detail, and the jacket brings boucle into the mix. An Emma Top really mixes things up. This short-sleeve top with scalloped yoke detail combines fine jersey and a printed silk panel on the front. Seen here in Bright Navy Pom Poms (also available in the electric Mambo Pink Amuse Bouche and Aqua Bait and Switch) for $118.
The Alexandra Top in Aqua Bait and Switch ($158) and the Estate Skirt in Almond Metallic Boucle ($148) pair boucle with silk for a polished business-chic look.
Blend Past and Present
Drawing inspiration from the roaring 20s and a little moonlight mischief, Lilly’s focus for the dressier side of fall is all in the details—scallops, feather lace, and brocade … Murray Dress in Black Two Tone Feather Lace ($328), Sydney Dress in Black Metallic Vintage Brocade ($358), Arlington Dress in Feather Gray Metallic Deco Lace ($368).
A Year-round Pop of Color
Brighten any look with Lilly accessories …. My Beau Belt seen here in True Navy (also comes in Gold Metallic) ($58), Castaway Scarf (silk/cashmere) in Bright Navy Pom Poms ($138), Shopper Tote in True Navy with tassel zippers that reveal the Multi Hearts A Flutter pattern on both sides ($188).
Resist the tendency to go completely neutral and dark in the coming months. Here is a selection of current Lilly patterns that will cheer up your closet and mix well with fall/winter ensembles. Each pattern has been interpreted by Lilly in a variety of pieces, from dresses and tops to skirts and pants.
Thank you, Sarah!
Our guest writer, Sarah Gordon, is the Assistant Manager at Pink Magnolia. She brings a background in fashion, styling and marketing to her job, having worked in social media management in South Carolina for Charleston Fashion Week, as an advertising and social media intern for Gulfstream Communications (Charleston magazine, Charleston Weddings, Grand Strand), and for the past year as a digital media contractor for Garden & Gun magazine. Sarah also contributes to Matchbook magazine in addition to working full time at the store.
The Pink Magnolia specializes in an assortment of timeless women’s wear, children’s clothing, accessories and gifts. Visit The Pink Magnolia on your next vacation to St. Louis! Can’t get to St. Louis soon to hang out with this stylish group of girls? Then meet them on Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter!
You should also seek out your local Lilly shops! In Memphis, we are lucky to have The Pink Door, located in the Laurelwood Collection shopping center.
And one other note: I found this great picture of two Lilly models from a June 1969 catalog. Fast-forward to 2013 … these ladies could throw on a pair of boots with their white ensembles and say touché to no white after Labor Day!
Have a bright, colorful fall day!