Over the weekend, the world lost an undeniable fashion icon in the form of socialite-turned-designer Lilly Pulitzer. She designed the first of her preppily-patterned, acid-hued shifts while working at her husband’s orange juice stand as a means to camouflage stains. The rest, as they say, is history.
Her designs became favorites of the likes Jackie O, Caroline Kennedy, and other bold-faced WASP families. Today the line remains as vibrant as ever, with 75 stores and Pulitzer accessories enjoying a hearty resurgence on college campuses across the country.
While we may not be Lilly girls ourselves (the last time our closet saw any pink, we were wearing Osh Kosh B’Gosh), there’s no denying that the grand dame of preppy prints had an enviably upbeat attitude towards life. In her memory, we’ve rounded up 10 fabulous quotes to put the Pulitzer pep in your step.
“Jackie [Kennedy] wore one of my dresses – it was made from kitchen curtain material – and people went crazy.”
“Being happy never goes out of style.”
“Style isn’t just about what you wear, it’s about how you live.”
“Despite the forecast, live like it’s spring.”
“The Lilly girl is always full of surprises…she lives every day like it’s a celebration, never has a dull moment, and makes every hour a happy hour.
“That’s what life is all about: Let’s have a party. Let’s have it tonight.”
“It’s always summer somewhere.”
“We believe elegance can be casual. We believe gracefulness can be compatible with fits of laughter. We believe in living a colorful life”
“Life is a party. Dress like it.”
“Not always sunny, but always in a sunny state of mind”