RIP Lilly Pullitzer

End of a preppy era. Lilly dies. Yet somehow fitting, her death is on the same day as the Sixth Season of Mad Men, when her fashions ruled that 1960s scene. My mother’s closet is full of original Lilly shifts that are as comfortable today as they were when bought new in the 60s.

Worn as a bridesmaid in 1967, patchwork Lilly wrap skirt
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Number One son, in his Lilly shorts, smelling the roses at Longwood Gardens.
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15 thoughts on “RIP Lilly Pullitzer

  1. She was queen of the pink and green. My mom also had Lilly shifts (does anyone call a dress a shift anymore or was that exclusively a Lilly term?). Dumb me, when my mother died, we gave away all her Lilly clothes to the hospital thrift shop. Hold on to yours and tell your mom to do the same.

    Long Live Prepsters!

  2. I had no idea! I love me some Lilly. When my girls were little they liked to look for the Lilly printed in the fabric of their little shifts. I looked at LP dresses for the wedding but they weren’t quite right. Perhaps I will wear my lime green LP shades!

    1. Maggie: the prettiest Lilly shifts are found at thrift and consignment shops. The oldest patterns are the best and as LP went out of vogue, her patterns were less original.
      Did you find a dress this weekend whilst in Seattle?

      1. I did! I found two! One for the wedding and the other a blood orange Diane von Furstenberg because it is fabulous! Getting excited!

        It’s tough to find Lilly out here. There was a funny little shop on Madison Avenue that carried her and I would get the girls dresses and capris there. I can’t remember the name but I think it started with a Z.

  3. It will require a little research but I seem to recall the word ‘shift’ to describe an article of women’s clothing was considered too racy to be used in polite conversation- or in a book or film. This would have been back in the early 1900’s. I’ll see what I can find on the subject.

  4. You know how bad things come in 3’s? Lilly, then Margaret Thatcher and Annette Funicello, great women of a by gone era. All 3 made significant impact.

    1. SB: It’s indeed striking that three such very differently strong women died almost on the same day. Three who made inroads, made history, were leaders of the pack. I wonder what the common bond is to being so successful.

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