This past Sunday, I was invited to a tea party! The event was a Lilly Pulitzer fashion show at the Fairmont hosted by The Pink Palm boutique to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. And, while I’m very much over my mandatory sorority-rush-Lilly-Pulitzer-wearing days of years past, it would be impolite to turn down an invite to a tea party, no? Plus, the promise of excessive pink, teacups and petit fours on a Saturday morning seemed like loads of fun and, indeed it was.
I dug through the depths of my closet to find the most obnoxious Lilly ensemble possible: a lime green-and-coral printed skirt paired with a coral top, coral earrings and coral bowed shoes. While my outfit was beyond absurd for a dreary Washington morning, when I walked into the Fairmont I was right at home.
The fashion show, it turns out, was a family affair, with mothers and daughters modeling Lilly’s latest collection while waiters served tea, mimosas, kir royals, cucumber sandwiches and plenty of teacakes and treats. The little ladies were so excited to be walking the runway with their moms that it warmed even my heart.
Additionally, the Pink Palm was on-hand hawking plenty of Lilly Pulitzer accessories and bright costume baubles. Best of all, there were goodie bags: a Lilly reusable grocery tote (gotta love saving the environment) filled with Lilly Pulitzer plastic tumblers perfect for an outdoor barbecue, plus other goodies from DC Magazine and the Fairmont.
The name Lilly Pulitzer draws a certain connotation of fashion faux paus—overtly bright floral ensembles suitable only for those who are excessively preppy, those who live in Palm Beach, those who are under the age of 10, and those who spend the majority of their time at the Country Club. While I keep my “traditional” Lilly attire in the back of my closet solely in case I should attend a horse race or bar golf, I have spotted some lovely Lilly pieces that I would add to my regular wardrobe (Yes, I just said that).
In fact, I’ve picked out a few dresses I’m currently lusting after that would be great additions to a summer wardrobe—for work, play or cocktails.
This Adelson shift ($278), which comes in white, turquoise, coral and navy, would be perfect with nude pumps or gold sandals and a cardigan for the office—then ditch the cardigan and head to a patio happy hour.
Similarly, I could see the Shayna Eyelet Dress ($248) being dressed-up for a cocktail party—think long necklaces, a clutch and a pair of high heels—or dressed-down with simple jewelry and flats for the office.
The Sandra One-Shoulder Dress ($198) would be fun for a summer wedding or cocktail party, and at just under $200, it’s relatively affordable, too.
In yellow and Battenberg lace, the Marie Kate Dress is on-point with this summer’s fashion trends, and its shift style would be comfortable to wear all day long. However, with the $378 price tag I won’t be adding that to my closet anytime soon.
*Check back tomorrow for a brunch review and announcement of our giveaway winner!