Lilly Pulitzer Brewster Dress: Is it Worth it?

Lilly Pulitzer Brewster Dress //


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.


Lilly Pulitzer Brewster Dress //


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.


shoes // necklace // watch // ring


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?




  • That’s kind of my thoughts on Lilly too! It has to be a great deal because i feel like a lot of stuff I can find with similar look or feel other places!

    • Lauren Pepperman

      That’s 100% why this is my first Lilly purchase!

  • Annaliese

    I LOVE Lilly but I rarely buy it full price! The After Party Sale or sale racks at stores (or consignment) is how I buy most of mine. I agree with you in that full price Lilly often isn’t worth it!

    xoxo A

    • Lauren Pepperman

      Consignment shops are a great idea to find Lilly pieces! I didn’t even think about that!

  • Ashley

    It looks so good on you, whether or not it was worth it! I don’t own any Lilly clothing, but would buy something if I found it in my size on sale or at a consignment store!

    • Lauren Pepperman

      Thank you, Ashley!

  • I used to wear Lilly a lot in college. I really like this dress as it can be worn for so many different occasions.

    • Lauren Pepperman

      I’m looking forward to wearing it a bunch!

  • Such a cute dress! I love the neckline!

    • Lauren Pepperman

      Thank you, Nicholle!

  • I love Lilly, but I agree, they are a bit over priced!

    • Lauren Pepperman

      Yup, that’s 100% my feelings towards them!

  • Definitely think the items are overpriced but they are cute and in style. Ehhh I would purchase if I found it on super sale!

    -xo, Makaela

    • Lauren Pepperman

      They are super cute which is why I’m sad they’re so expensive!

  • This dress is so cute! I love the simple design

    – xo, Azanique |

    • Lauren Pepperman

      Thank you, Azanique!

  • I love that you were able to thoughtfully reflect on the purchase (something more people should do!)
    Tori || Victori Media

    • Lauren Pepperman

      Thanks, Tori! I agree!

  • I don’t wear a lot of Lilly anymore, but I totally agree with the girls above! You can score some great Lilly pieces on consignment. There’s actually a Facebook group called ReLilly or something along those lines that has a TON of Lilly items up for grabs (the store I used to work at sold a lot of our Lilly through that group). This dress is super cute though! I hope you get lots of wear out of it!

    • Lauren Pepperman

      Oooh I need to look up that Facebook group! Thanks, Francesca!

  • Tilley

    I try to always stock up in the Lilly sales! Their materials just seem so much better to me than most I find!

    • Lauren Pepperman

      I just bought another dress from the After Party sale (in a children’s XL because it was cheaper hahaha)

  • Girl, I am JUST like you. Most of my favorite pieces are from Old Navy & Marshalls. No, I do not think the dress is worth that much money. Don’t get me wrong, it looks beautiful on you. But, I would have guessed it was $35. Keep going after the sales xx

    • Lauren Pepperman

      Yup, not buying anything else from Lilly unless I get it on sale!

  • I like the dress but I’m not quite sure I would have paid that price for it! I have splurged on occasion for and item or two but it would have to be something I feel as if I can’t find at another store.


    • Lauren Pepperman

      So true, similar dresses can definitely be found for this one!

  • I love anything Lilly! But I honestly tend to go for the prints🙈

    • Lauren Pepperman

      I love their prints but everything with one was double the price!

  • It’s cute but I don’t think it’s something I’d gravitate toward either! Flowy dresses are a must for the summer!

    Kayla |

    • Lauren Pepperman

      I love flowy dresses, I wish that I lived somewhere that I could wear them year-round!