Scoot aside, statement necklaces. Splashed with fruity prints, these brightly hued dresses call for a more refreshing accessory: a tasty summer drink. Simply click on your preferred pairing below for a recipe, blend (or mix), and serve at your summer soiree of choice.

Berries & Blossoms
Social butterflies, rejoice. This healthy smoothie and eye-catching dress let you run from one event to the next without skipping a single beat.

Lemonade & Lace
Remember your childhood lemonade stand? Time to take it to the next level. Whether it’s your skirt or this concoction bringing in the customers is anyone’s guess.

Cocktails & Confetti
No rooftop party is complete without a signature cocktail and showstopping dress. Thankfully, this bold combo has both covered – so go ahead, dance the night away.

Our Lilly Pulitzer Boutique opens Thursday, July 31, at 11AM ET.

By Carolyn Bothwell, Editorial Intern

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August 1, 2013

Stripes and Polka Dots

Stripes and polka dots. Without a doubt, they’re two of the most well-known patterns around. But their backstories? Those might not be so familiar.

Today, stripes are considered a wardrobe staple, but the pattern has not always had such a great reputation. In his book, The Devil’s Cloth: A History of Stripes, Michel Pastoureau shares that a small group of monks known as the Carmelites wore the pattern to Paris at a time when striped clothes were thought to be a sign of evil. Let’s just say – the pattern was not happily met.

With time, though, stripes came to be considered exotic (perhaps due to ever-fashionable zebra stripes) and made their way into the fashion lexicon.

Polka dots, though, are a different story. Using dots as a pattern really took off during the French Revolution, when newly invented machines made it easier to create repeating designs. These dots became all the rage alongside polka music in Europe in the mid-1800s, and the trend came stateside in the 1950s.

The pattern is still closely associated with the cheerful charm that era was known for. Today, they just scream happy.

Two different patterns with two distinct backstories. Now that you know them, explore our Polka Dots & Stripes: Play with Spring’s Patterns Boutique, which opens Wednesday, April 3, at 11AM ET.

By Anna Kuchinsky, Staff Writer

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April 3, 2013


Layer It Up


Winter brings gloomier weather, and as you look around, people tend to wear more somber colors like grey and black. This winter, don’t fall in to that habit. Instead, include a subtle yet eye-catching pattern to add some interest to your outfit.

As shown above, you can wear a solid-colored shirt and use a combination of classic fall patterns, like herringbone and plaid, which can be incorporated by use of outerwear accessories and, of course, sport coats. By adding small doses of these rich patterns, you’ll keep dismal weather from getting your style down. For more pattern (and layering) help, check out the step-by-step guide below.

Step 1. Start with a simple (and comfy) crewneck tee.
Step 2. Add a classic button-front (I recommend chambray).
Step 3. Throw on a soft v-neck sweater.
Step 4. Incorporate some texture. A herringbone sport coat will work wonders for this step.
Step 5. Look to patterned outerwear accessories. A plaid scarf in dark hues is the perfect neutral eye candy.

December 11, 2012

1. The leaves may be off the trees (here, anyway), but we’re still dreaming of everything floral.

2. This Pinboard of eye-catching prints and colors has us ready to wallpaper the whole house.

3. We can’t stop staring at these bold tribal prints and patterns.

4. Go easy on the eyes with this beautiful assortment of pastel shades.

5. This Pinterest board has us seeing stripes – on clothing, architecture, and everywhere in between.

Can’t get enough Pinterest inspiration? Check out past boards that caught our eye.  

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November 13, 2012

At Rue La La, we live for the new. We blow through stacks of magazines and update our Ooh La La Trends board all the time. Check out how the women of Rue La La are rocking this spring’s most anticipated trends (and come back tomorrow for our men’s How To Guide!). From evening pieces during the day to wearing a spring dress now, we’re breaking it all down. Here’s how to…

Mix patterns: “The most important thing is to have a contrast in scale. Mixing two small ditsy prints won’t work. Break it up with something larger and more open. I like a super feminine print with one that’s more masculine and geometric. Finding a good tag-team is like finding a man. Nothing wrong with trying a few on to see what works!” – Ashley, Designer
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February 8, 2010