Last week I bit the bullet and bought my first Lilly Pulitzer dress (and knocked an item off of my 101 in 1001 list)! I chose the Brewster T-Shirt Dress in True Navy. Since this is my first Lilly item, I wanted to go with something simple and versatile. It retails for $98 and comes in sizes XXS through XXL. Let me be clear — my wardrobe consists of items from Target, Old Navy, and the sale section at American Eagle. The reason I’ve never purchased a Lilly item before is that I think the prices are outrageous. However, I had a gift card and decided to let myself splurge.
I originally tried on this dress at a Lilly store in Newport, RI in a size small (my typical size in dresses). It honestly made me look like a sack of potatoes. The XXS I ordered online ended up fitting me perfectly. I’ve heard other Lilly items run large as well, so I would recommend sizing down.
The dress was extremely comfortable for a full day of wear. I’m used to wearing fit-and-flare dresses that I want to rip off halfway through the day. Since the dress is flowy, it doesn’t suffocate you after eating a meal, which is a win in my book. Although it was a hot day, the fabric still kept me cool.
The Final Verdict: Is it Worth it?
I’ve been trying to downsize my wardrobe and only purchase pieces are versatile and will last. This dress will be good for casual days as well as for more formal events like my sorority meetings. The fabric also feels durable and Lilly pieces are known for lasting a long time. However, I own a long-sleeve T-shirt dress that I purchased from Target for no more than $30 that I feel the exact same way about. I’ve owned it for almost two years without any issues, and have been able to wear it in multiple situations.
I’m going to go ahead and say this dress is not worth it. If I didn’t have a gift card I would not have bought it. I am super excited to wear this dress throughout the years, however, I think there are many cheaper alternatives that are comparable quality. Unless I find a pot of gold, I probably will not be purchasing any more Lilly for a while.
What’s your opinion on the dress?