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Allow me to channel my inner Sophia Petrillo. Picture it – Louisiana, the morning of April 19th. I was in a deep sleep after an uncharacteristic night of partying where afterward my car got stuck in the mud of my friend’s gravel driveway (#louisianaproblems). After her amazing boyfriend and brothers teamed up to tow me, I was ready for bed and slept until 10:00 am Sunday morning. Normally this would be no big deal, but that day Target released its Lilly Pulitzer collection. As soon as I woke up, I knew I was late to the party. Everything was sold out.
I take some comfort in the fact that I probably wouldn’t have fared any better had I jumped on the collection as soon as it was available. See this article from Refinery 29 for an explanation of all the controversy. It wouldn’t have made sense for me to stand in line at my local Target because their plus size selection was only available online. Apparently, the website had trouble, too, making it difficult for people to order. Thirdly, 26 was the largest size they offered, and after checking out the measurements, those cute little shift dresses probably wouldn’t have fit me anyway. Of course, the Lilly for Target pieces have found their way to eBay, some selling for as much as, or even more than, the name brand line. I’m sure many people were having Missoni flashbacks. All that mess considered, I knew I had to get creative…
Even though I wasn’t able to shop the actual Target collection, I still had fun putting this outfit together. It’s perfect for going on vacation, or at least pretending that I am. Let me tell you, I really had to search for a nearby location with some palm trees to take these pictures!
Here are some tips to get the Lilly Pulitzer for Target look:
1- Have some sorbet: The colors in the collection are what I like to refer to as “juicy pastels.” They’re brighter and more tropical than an “Easter egg” palette. I went with the cooler end of the spectrum, but pinks, corals, and oranges would also look great. If you’re looking for neutrals to balance your outfit, white and navy work well. Even though the clothes aren’t there anymore, go to Target’s website to get inspired by Lilly+Target’s colorful prints.
2- Keep it simple: It doesn’t get more streamlined than a shift dress. My dress is a little different because it has a slight a-line, but there’s still not much to complicate the silhouette. Even the Target pieces that are little more flouncy and have crochet or lace detail are grounded in simple shapes. If we’re talking resort wear, something too fussy and fitted just won’t fly on vacay.
4- Surf and Turf: Are you really a mermaid? Pick prints and accessories with shells, coral, and fish designs. If you love the beach, why not try palm trees or pineapples? Don’t forget our animal friends that live a bit more inland. Giraffe and elephant motifs are also very Lilly.
5- The Real Deal: Lilly Pulitzer’s Palm Village store is new to my neighborhood, so I payed them a visit and checked out their sale section. While I don’t fit in their clothes (#plussizeplease), I was able to snag my earrings and clutch for less than half price! That’s a score considering how much the once cheaper Target stuff is selling for on eBay.
Thanks for reading, and I hope these tips help you put the perfect outfit together for some fun in the sun!