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I have this obsession with bright colors all year round and Lilly Pulitzer has been a favorite of mine for a long time. But, the only problem is because of my body type (petite, short-waisted pear) I can only wear her tops. Lilly Pulitzer pants are always too short in the stride (don’t come in petite), and the dresses were basically made for thin girls because the fabrics do not stretch. Now things are changing!
Let me introduce to you Lilly Pulitzer dresses with stretch fabric
While on vacation at Watercolor, Florida, the owner of the Barefoot Princess whose store is an independent Lilly Pulitzer franchise, introduced me to some new products with stretch fabric. She was so excited because the new stretch fabrics allow more women to enjoy wearing the Lilly dresses.
This dress is made with a french terry cloth fabric, so soft, and because of the added spandex allows for the fabric to stretch and create great curves. The fabric is not too thin but I still chose to wear my shaping shorts to have a smooth look. Many people have sized up because the fabric does cling and if you don’t want that go a size bigger. I bought mine true to size. At 5’1 this dress comes up above my knee, perfect for petite and curvy.
Details At The Neckline Of The Harper Stretch Shift Dress
This dress has a FABULOUS v-neck which quite frankly shows of my cleavage quite well. (it is sexy). Good news is that the cut of the dress allowed me to wear a regular bra, winning. The v-neck is adorned with a row of poms, gold braiding, and finally tassels, which all emphasize the deep v-neck.
Bright And Bold -Just The Way I Like It
The colors in this dress are bright, bold with a bit of neon, just the way I like it. It looks incredible with a summer tan. You could wear this to many different summer events. I chose to wear comfortable nude wedges with this dress but gold metallic would look great too. Gold metallic is how Lilly Pulitzer styles most of their dresses and has a shoe collection to choose from.
How I Styled The Dress
Wanting to bring attention up, I chose these great beaded tassel earrings from Baublebar. They have become one of my favorites for the summer. Because of the tassel detail in the dress, white tassel earrings would be perfect. I also have some great gold hoop earrings from Lilly Pulitzer which would give me the attention up to my face that I need.
Here is a close up on the earrings, they are the Mini Granita Tassel earrings in white from Baublebar. Watch Baublebar for sales and clearance. I have this same pair in about 4 different colors. Target has their Sugarfix by Baublebar line which carries a similar pair at a slightly different price point.
The Bamboo Blogger Bag- Vintga Bamboo Handbag From Amazon
I call it the “Blogger Purse” because you will see it with almost every blogger out there. It is a very unique bamboo purse. I found mine on Amazon, it is the Vintga Bamboo Handbag and sells for $38.89 with Prime shipping for the smaller one or $43.88 for the larger one. This is not a practical purse, it is a great bag for packing a book, small change purse, sunscreen to the pool. Last year the price point on these handbags was about $80.
Nude Shoes- CL by Chinese Laundry
To try to create a look that makes me look taller and slimmer, I have been added nude shoes to my wardrobe. I recently bought this super comfortable wedge sandals, the CL by Laundry Dream Girls in Nude Nubuck from Amazon. I wore them all day and did not have any problems, they have a cushion bottom to help with impact. The straps are velcro adjustable for comfort and they did not rub. The CL by Laundry Dream Girls were high enough to give me some height but not too high for discomfort. I recommend this shoes to anyone who wants a comfortable wedge. They come in many colors including, white, black, and some metallic.
Sunglasses To Complete The Look- Maui Jim
My go-to fashion sunglasses all this summer is the Melika from Maui Jim in black. I call these my “movie star sunglasses”. Maui Jim’s have been a favorite of mine for many years due to their quality construction and polarized lens. I own several pairs including the Kanaha for tennis.
SHOP MY LOOK From Amazon
(earrings similar to Baublebar/Sugarfix)
Again, I would like to thank Lilly Pulitzer for adding dresses with more stretch fabric. There are several in the line now which makes me almost giddy. On my day of shopping, I bought two so get ready for another FABULOUS Lilly dress. While others are talking about fall fashions, I am still in my love for summer and Lilly Pulitzer.
Check out my other Loving Lilly post