Rue Remembers: Lilly Pulitzer

Looking back at our very first sun-drenched Lilly purchases



Designer and socialite, Lilly Pulitzer, passed away on Sunday in Palm Beach, FL, at 81 years old. When we think of her, we think preppy, perfectly summery style – style so juice-stand fresh that most of us here at Rue can actually remember that very first whimsical Lilly purchase. Below, we share those first sunny memories:

“My first (and favorite) Lilly was a pink and white seersucker dress. It was my go-to for the season. It made me feel so summery – feminine, bright, and complemented every pair of wedges I own.” – Meredith G., Corporate Customer Care Analyst

“In sixth grade, I spotted a teeny Lilly bikini on a shopping trip with Mom. It was all perfectly pink and speckled with palm trees. I have no idea how I convinced her to buy it for me – probably cried, or some other dramatic tool of persuasion. Nonetheless, I so rocked that middle school pool party.” – Joanna B., Editor

“In 2001, my mom gifted me a pair of super-bright Lilly men’s trousers (they looked girly, I swear). Back then, Lilly was virtually unknown at my suburban Chicago high school – I’d scored these in FL –  though they were very well-received. Even when paired with the platform flip–flops I insisted on wearing with them.” – Sarah S., Junior Copywriter

“One of my favorite childhood outfits was a pink and green floral shift – besides being splashed in my favorite colors, it was most appealing because my mother had one to match.  My love for Lilly has only grown from there… though eventually I did insist that my mom and I opt for different prints.” – Bridget R., Event Production Assistant

“Had my mother known her prints were spill-inspired, I probably would have been granted my first prized Lilly piece at a younger age.” – Jillian H., Feature Writer

“My first Lilly was a monokini – the one-piece ‘bathing suit’ you wear over a diaper. But the piece I remember most was a blue shift dress with pink and yellow flowers. I recall that I chose to ‘accessorize’ it with Band-Aids – applied to both my knees + elbows.” – Rachel S., Associate Creative Director

“My gin-gria chiffon tunic with a classic Lilly Pulitzer print is perfect for breezy summer nights in Cape Cod.” – Carolyn S., Feature Writer

“I actually got my first-ever Lilly piece from our latest Boutique. It’s a navy-and-white octopus print swimsuit – it’s really fun but still sophisticated and fits perfectly. I’m planning on wearing it during my honeymoon.” – Shaina M., Copyeditor

What was your first Lilly Pulitzer purchase? Share it in the comments below, or tweet us at @ruelala.

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April 8, 2013