April 8, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Between yesterday and today, it’s the battle of the prints.  In this corner is Lilly Pulitzer, best known for her cheerful, Caribbean motifs — flowers, martini glasses, crustaceans.  Lilly prints have always been preptastic — embraced by golf dads and the ladies-who-lunch behind them.  Which always struck me as odd… why would the Chet and Vivian — yes Chet and Vivian from Andover — yes the ones who summer in Nantucket, who else?  Why would Chet and Vivian want to wear something from the closet of that strange girl, Marianela, the transplant from Florida?

Lilly Pulitzer herself is the reason why.  Hailing from Connecticut, Miss Porter’s esteemed boarding school to be exact, Lilly vacationed down in Palm Beach; she wore vibrant, patterned aprons while selling fresh fruit juice to other tourists.  When former classmate Jacqueline Bouvier, who by then was Jackie Kennedy of course, wore Lilly prints in a Life magazine spread, word buzzed round faster than the dear little bees that appeared on Lilly skirts.  And so goes the story of how parrots — like the ones I just discovered inhabiting my skirt — ended up on New England golf courses.


– White buttoned tee, Gypsy Rose
– Aqua cardigan, Express
– Lilly Pulitzer skirt
– Candies mules
– David Yurman aqua chalcedony ring
– Satin headband

P.S. If you’re interested in classy dames like Jackie Kennedy and Lilly Pulitzer, then you’ll love Grace Kelly.  Check out my article, The Grace Kelly School of Grace on The Daily Getup.

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  1. very young and preppy, but somehow you work it…maybe it’s the fashionista headband with the mature cardigan & low heel?

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