You guys probably donâ€™t know this about me, but Iâ€™m obsessed with Lilly Pulitzer.
(I know. Iâ€™ve never mentioned.)
My friend MaryBeth introduced me to the bright, whimsical dresses more than 10 years ago when I was in college, sheâ€™d just graduated from Tulane, and was way too cool for me. I wanted to hang with her and her friends, and I bought my first shift and havenâ€™t looked back.
I even interviewed for a job there a few years ago. It didnâ€™t work out, but I kind of love my job now, so itâ€™s fine.Â
Anyway, the more Iâ€™ve written about Lilly dresses, the more Iâ€™ve gotten questions from you guys (slash my friends also consider me the resident Lilly fit expert), so I thought Iâ€™d share with you in the spirt of #NationalWearYourLillyDay
Just for funsies, hereâ€™s a few of my favorites over the past few years.
But for reals tips on how to find the right fit:
Let me caveat this that I generally consider my body curvy/athletic. Even at smaller sizes, I still have boobs and hips, so most of my fit notes are from that perspective.
Length:Â Iâ€™m lucky to be a very average 5â€™5â€, but some of my taller friends definitely complain about the length. If you are taller andÂ work in a more conservative office, these dresses may not be for you.
Chest:Â Honestly, I think these dresses are cut for younger women, or women who arenâ€™t as busty. I have been every size from 2 (ok, once) to 12 over the past 10 years, and the chest has always been the most difficult part for me to fit. The Richelle strapless dressesÂ will neverÂ fit me.
My bottom lines: if youâ€™re looking for a slightly more forgiving cut, hereâ€™s my current favorites:Â
Iâ€™ll also add that if you can get your hands on any of the LP4T stuff, the shifts were cut really generously AND include a little spandex in â€˜em.Â
Any other fellow Lilly lovers out there? Whatâ€™s your favorite cut/print?
Letâ€™s Cha Cha will always be my favorite, and what I have on my iPhone/iPad…
In The Beginning is another really cool one â€” it tells the story of the brand through a print. I have this on a makeup bag (and a dress that doesnâ€™t currently fit, boo) and it makes me happy every time I use it.