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I took a little road trip to Knoxville this weekend with my friend Laura. We had two goals – visit the Lilly Pulitzer Signature store and have lunch with her best friend, Des. In the past, I lived in Lilly Pulitzer. But as my style has evolved, I’ve found myself skipping on the gorgeous prints that I used to love, and sticking with navy, office appropriate pieces.
I started by trying on this gorgeous romper. It was love at first sight, and despite having nowhere to wear it, I was planning on taking it home with me. Until I tried on this top. It was more practical, and I knew that I could wear it more frequently. I’m big on cost per wear, and I knew that it could be paired with white shorts, white jeans, or even coral pixie pants. The lace dress was beautiful, but it was a piece that I wouldn’t wear frequently, and it would join another lace dress in my closet that I purchased in September but still haven’t worn.
As Laura, Des, and I made one last trip around the store before checking out, this dress caught my eye. It broke all of my rules – it was bright, patterned, and I had no idea where I would wear it. But the neckline was fun, and I didn’t have anything like it. I stepped out of the dressing room, and Laura and Des insisted that I bring it home with me.
“Where will I wear it?” I asked. “Girl, you can get dressed up and wear that to the grocery store! Make people wonder where you’ve been!”
So I bought it, along with the blue top. I love shopping at Lilly because I love the experience. The people are nice, and I like to think that each piece has it’s own story. In fact, my first Lilly dress was a gift from my mom on the day that I was declared cancer free. It represented a sunny new outlook on life. And the wildly patterned dress that I bought on Saturday was a nice reminder of a lesson that I was reminded of – fashion should be fun.
The romper in the photos below was an After Party Sale purchase and had been sitting in my closet since September. Six months later, I finally had an excuse to wear it, as I pulled a stack of Lilly out to wear while in Charleston. The weather was a bit chilly and breezy while we were there, and I can’t stand to have cold arms, so it was the perfect piece for the weather… and the location!
After the very important reminder that fashion should be fun, I’m already thinking about when I will wear this again. It would be perfect for a girl’s night out! But if all else fails, I can always get dressed up and wear it to the grocery store 😉
Happy Monday, y’all! Do you agree that fashion should be fun? What’s hanging out in your closet just waiting to be worn?