Monday, August 29, 2016

The Perfect Lilly Shift Dress

I just got back to Illinois after being away in Ohio for a long weekend. I had such a blast celebrating Jimmy and Megan, two of my very closest friends who I have known since we were elementary schoolers! More on their beautiful wedding to come, but I wanted to highlight this teal shift (and other Lilly Pulitzer shift dresses) today! It's a perfect wedding guest dress -- remember my step brother's wedding in Florida? It's also an ideal wedding shower or rehearsal dinner look as a guest. It's classy, extremely flattering and has just the right amount of pizzazz to it, without being overly showy (particularly when you're just a guest, not the woman of the hour!). I even own it in white (with just a slightly different neckline) that I wore to my own bridal shower (pictured below).

PS: did you guys catch the Lilly Pulitzer after party sale? She has 2 major sales a year-- at the end of August and then closer to Christmas. The sales are incredible-- more than 60% off everything. This is when I do the majority of my Lilly shopping. I bought Christmas and birthday gifts for family, too! It was so funny because three different people let me know about the Amazon "deal of the day" being Lilly during her huge sale! I was flattered! I would also recommend joining some of the Lilly re-sale groups on Facebook (if you type in "Lilly Buy Sell Trade" in the Facebook search, it will pop up! There's another great one, Lilly Pulitzer: Dressed to Impress that has incredible deals. While you're on FB, feel free to like my Belle On Trend page, too! haha! #shamelessplug). It's a great way to buy your first Lilly dress without spending an exorbitant amount of money. That way you can see if you like the cut/style of the particular dresses.  For reference, in these shifts, I wear a size 6. 

My forever wedding date ^^^ love this stylish man!

Here it is in white, above! I wore this for my own shower last year. Pictured with my besties Courtney and Caitlin!

Smooches from the hubs!

His gingham pants and Allen Edmond shoes are my FAVE! Mike can attest to this, but his Allen Edmonds are going to last forever. He has had them for years, and they look brand new. Also, you can have them re-soled for the rest of your life! An investment for sure, but they will be his dress shoe for years and years to come. They do go on sale, too! 


The back of this dress is another highlight! I love that low scoop back. Showing just enough to be modest and to wear to a church ceremony, but it is not TOO stuffy. 

Gold earrings: old Macys, similar here

Head over heels for my Alex and Ani bracelets. The best gift to give and receive! 
Watch: Michael Kors.
Crystal bracelet: J. Crew.
Bow Bangle: Kate Spade.
Clutch: Old Marc Jacobs for Target, similar here

I wear my wedding shoes so often! The glitter makes me so happy. They were old J. Crew (2014) on super clearance, but similar shoes here.

At the Springfield Grille for the lovely rehearsal dinner. 

My very best friend, Megan! The bride!
Her dress is BHLDN: similar style here

The bridesmaids and flower girl! What beautiful women, inside and out! So glad they're all in my life, too!

Do you own a Lilly P. shift yet? I highly recommend them! I have had many of mine more than 4 years, and they are in impeccable shape. They dry-clean really well, too. I've never had any issues with LP dresses. They are without a doubt an investment, but I promise you, they will last for years to come! 

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