Monday, September 12, 2011
Divorcing The Dress: Modern Lilly Pulitzer Strapless
Dear Lilly Pulitzer,
I love your designs. They are my favorites. I wear Lilly Pulitzer every single day of my life. Not just during the spring or summer, as some of the Lilly "core" customers do. During the fall and winter months, I wear your jeans, cords, sweaters, Blayney dresses, etc. I wear your shoes almost every day and have more green Lilly shoe boxes in the closet than one can count. Even on those days that I only go to the gym and don't really "get dressed" - then I sleep in my Lilly pajamas, use my Lilly handbags and wear my Lilly sunglasses.
However, there is one little problem. Your strapless dresses never work for me. Even when I was much thinner - they were way too tight in the bust. Even when I "size up" - same results - too tight in the bust.
Since I've recently lost a good bit of weight (25 pounds and counting), I thought I would give a Lilly strapless dress one last try. During the recent Endless Summer Sale, I purchased the Jillie dress pictured above. It was a great deal and I figured, what the heck, maybe this time will be different!
Not so fast, my friends. History and present have shown me one thing - this style (whether it's Bowen, Blossom, Jillie, Franco, Betsey, etc) just will never work for me. While that is a sad revelation indeed, it's really going to be ok. Perhaps it's time for me to divorce the modern versions of my favorite designers strapless dress. After all, I am 41 years old. However, I'll be holding on to my "close to vintage" Lilly Pulitzer strapless SABRINA dresses as if my life depended on it. That adjustable tie in the back of Sabrina - genius!
Lilly designers, pretty please, (with pink and green sugar on top), consider an updated version of Sabrina. This Shopaholic "Core" customer would surely purchase her in every available print. All I ask is that you rise that hem about 3-4" - because regardless of age, we all look better with a little leg showing! :-)
Do you have good luck with Lilly Pulitzer strapless? What are your favorite styles? Are you hanging on to those Sabrinas too?