My Opinion on Lilly for Target

lilly_for_targetThe best news I’ve heard all week is Lilly Pulitzer for Target. For some, it was the worst news they had heard all week because it made the preppy brand too affordable. Herein lies the concept that many people simply don’t understand: money doesn’t buy class.

If anyone knows anything about Lilly Pulitzer clothing they know two things. First, the brand features bright colors and loud prints. Second, it is pricey. The typical people the brand caters to is the college-aged crowd of sorority girls and the upper-class ladies of the southeast. Considering the average price of a dress is around $200, we can safely say that the masses haven’t been able to wear Lilly’s clothing… until now. For some people, the Target collection will be the death of the brand and the classiness that’s associated with it. “Oh no! Girls without trust funds and daddy’s BMW will be able to wear Lilly? Say it isn’t so!” Excuse my sarcasm, but you get my drift. For whatever reason, people automatically assume that if you have money to buy expensive brands, then you’re classy. If you don’t, then you aren’t classy. Since when did money buy class?

Let me outline a few things that actually do equate to real classiness.

  • Kind, generous heart
  • Presentable appearance (clean face, styled hair, appropriate hemline, nose ring removed)
  • Good manners
  • Nice personality
  • Doesn’t drop the ‘F bomb’ every few sentences
  • Abides by the Golden Rule
  • Keeps secrets a secret
  • Confidence (not to be confused with cockiness)
  • Thankful spirit

By no means is this list all-inclusive, but I hope I’ve made my point. Being classy is just as much an inside thing as it is an outside thing. I place a lot of value on looking nice. No one wants to look at someone who just rolled out of bed. However, looking neat and clean doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Its the garments you choose and put together that will determine how you look. For example, I was in BCBG the other day and found a plunging v-neck, thigh-high hemline party dress for $130. At Express next door I found on sale a one-shoulder little black dress for $45. Guess which one looked classier?

audrey_hepburn_classyYour inner appearance should look just as great as the outside. You can wear Versace everyday and still be the trashiest person alive if your heart isn’t beautiful. Audrey Hepburn is a lovely example of inner and outer class. She dressed beautifully but spent her time (especially in her later years) helping others. Together, both aspects of who she was created her legacy. 

If you clicked on the link I highlighted in the first sentence of this post, then you’ll know why I had to write about this misunderstood topic. Whether you decide to wear the Lilly for Target line or not is up to you, but I for one am glad to see that this preppy, pretty brand values the average consumer and wants to see every girl looking put together and dare I say, classy?

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0 Responses to My Opinion on Lilly for Target

  1. I love the way you approached this. Just from some of the feedback I read online hours after the #lillyfortarget announcement was made I could tell that there are some girls out there that seriously needed to learn the definition of “class.” I hold people like Audrey Hepburn and Lilly Pulitzer in such high regard for their philanthropic work and I’m glad you highlighted Audrey as someone to look up to for her class in other ways than her acting roles.

  2. Love this post! Class is so much deeper than what meets the eye. Audrey Hepburn is a great example, and I feel like we talk about Breakfast at Tiffany’s more than her philanthropic efforts.

    I, for one, am thrilled to have affordable Lilly on the calendar for April! 🙂

  3. At first I was a little upset about having Lilly at Target only because in NH there aren’t a lot of places to find Lilly. The closest store for me that carries only Lilly is In the Pink on Newbury Street in Boston. Because of this, I associate getting a Lilly dress with special occasions like graduations, etc. (also because they are expensive). So over the years my collection has grown and each dress has a story. Of course sometimes the story is that I got a good deal or found it at T.J. Maxx. Then, after I got over that (which was quick) I was excited that I work five minutes from a Target and I’ll be able to get cute Lilly items (especially excited about the household and pool items) easily! The clothes may not have the $200 price tag, or be the best of quality compared to the originals, but they will still have the classy Lilly look to them that I love.

    • I totally understand where you’re coming from! You spent good money on those clothes and they mean a lot to you. One thing about the Target collab is that it will only last one season! If it were officially becoming part of their line I would be upset too. But for a month or two, I’ll enjoy it!

  4. Dear Liz, a big applause for this article. the line: Doesn’t drop the ‘F bomb’ every few sentence= you are absolutely right!!

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