Monday, April 8, 2013

So Long Lilly

Lilly Pulitzer

The fashion world lost one of its most colorful women yesterday – Lilly Pulitzer died surrounded by her family in the place that inspired an empire, Palm Beach. Pulitzer was known for her cotton summer dresses in simple silhouettes and bold, bright patterns.

What some may not know, is that Lilly didn't set out to become a fashion star at first. When she opened a juice stand outside of her husband's orange groves in Palm Beach, she fashioned a simple shift dress, cool and comfortable for working, and in a playful pattern to hide juice spills. Suddenly, every woman in Florida had to have one, and soon any woman looking for a preppy pop of color for the beach was snapping up a Lilly.

Lilly Pulitzer

Even if you're not into overly feminine details like lace edging or painterly florals, there's no denying some of her simple designs are classic colorful summer staples. I love this vintage pale maxi dress, and this floral wrap dress. Thanks for brightening our vacations, Lilly.

Photo courtesy of Pinterest

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