Ahh, I need to be girly for just one moment, because this fabric pattern by Lilly Pulitzer is awesome. Entitled Lilly’s State of Mind Patch, it depicts all the US states with state flowers, icons and hand lettering in saturated candy colors.
I might join a country club just to have a reason to wear this dress. Okay, not really, but a girl can dream, right?
Lilly Pulitzer was born to a prominent NYC family in 1931. In the 1950s, she eloped and moved to Palm Beach, where her husband owned some citrus groves. The story goes that Lilly opened an orange juice stand and designed a brightly patterned shift dress to hide juice stains. The brand took off after her former classmate Jacqueline Kennedy appeared on the cover of LIFE magazine wearing one of Lilly’s dresses.
Pulitzer is known as the “queen of prep,” and the brand is popular with sorority girls and socialites. It really shouldn’t be something for me to covet, but I’ve been watching old episodes of Gossip Girl lately, and my mind must be clouded because I’m loving the crazy patterns and simple lines of her dresses.