So, in the last month or so, I’ve decided to jump into the ocean of Lilly Pulitzer. Charlotte has been the most fantastic guide throughout this process- to an outside, it can be a little overwhelming figuring out Lilly. It’s not the most expensive brand but it’s also not the cheapest by a long stretch. Today’s post is all about how I came to my first piece….
I started out this journey years ago- if you look an any sorority related Pinterest page, Tumblr, or Instagram, you will see Lilly Pulitzer 50% or more of the time. I always thought it looked very pretty and fun but I didn’t think it was particularly applicable to Winnipeg. When I decided I would finally buy something, I had a few parametres:
1) No silk- only fabrics that can be washed in a normal washing machine. I hang most of my clothing to dry, so as long as it’s a “wash with similar colours in cold water” I can handle the care!
2) Preferably a navy or blue print- it fits into my wardrobe, and I think that it would stand out less than a neon print with three or four different colours.
3) Nothing over $100 CAD (which is roughly $75 USD)
This in itself is not the easiest task. One very difficult hurdle? Lilly Pulitzer doesn’t allow anyone outside of the US to order to an international location, making it difficult up here in Canada. There are a few Lilly signature stores- boutiques that sell Lilly but aren’t a corporate store- in the Greater Toronto Area but that is nowhere near Winnipeg and from what I’ve seen they mark the price up beyond the exchange rate. I had to get creative! I’m in several Lilly resale groups on Facebook, I’ve made an account with Tradesy (still waiting to find something there!), and I’m keeping an eye out on the Nordstrom website.
I posted in a Lilly advice group my parametres and someone very helpfully suggested the Upstream shift from the Lilly Pulitzer for Target collection. It’s a fun navy print in the classic shift design, and it’s perfect! If you didn’t witness it when it happened, Lilly made a much cheaper collection for Target ($38 USD for a dress instead of $198) and people lost their minds. People cleaned out shelves with one sweep of their arm and resold things for 3-4x the price. Things have calmed down in the two years since it was released and I started looking for the dress.
After a lot of random Google searching, I found the dress in my size… on Poshmark. Yes, Poshmark. A website that won’t let Canadians make an account if you have a Canadian IP address (even if you have a US address to ship to) or even view it without being in incognito mode on Chrome. I was so let down- I found the perfect dress in my size for the right price and I couldn’t get it. (First world problem, I know.) However, Charlotte was lovely enough to help me make the transaction happen and ship it to me!!
Considering that this was originally sold for $38 USD, I could not be more impressed! It is a thick cotton that lays perfectly, and the lining is soft but not thick. It is kind of a waffled material, but you only notice upon close inspection. It feels sturdy and durable and well-made, and if this is the Target version, regular Lilly shifts must be made like a tank for $198 USD! It is in fantastic condition, and there are no signs of wear- unusual for resale boards.
The 2 fit perfectly, like it may have been made specifically for me. I was a little uncertain about sizing- regular retail Lilly seems to be all over the place with sizing, so I was taking a leap of faith for the two year old Target collection. The leap paid off! (If you are wondering about length, it hits about 3-4 inches above my knee- I’m only 5’2″, so its a great length for me.) And to everyone who suggested this as a starting place, thank you! The subdued navy print is fun but not too “out there” for Winnipeg, the perfect way to start.
What piece of clothing or accessory have you hunted down for your collection? And Lilly lovers, what is your favourite piece?