This outfit made me feel like the kind of person who’d throw a party in the middle of summer–probably on her rolling lawn, with croquet and bocce ball, and tall glasses of lemonade that came from hours of boiling water and sugar. Or who believes that pink and green go together like sweet and tea, and that Lilly Pulitzer is the ultimate example of life, fashion, entrepreneur, and debutante goals.
In reality, I think powdered lemonade mixes have their time and place (if it’s going to be spilled or abandoned in little cups around my house, it’s going to be the result of Old Time Lemonade’s labor, not mine) and that pink and green really only work together in a bouquet. And I know a lot of people love Lilly, so I won’t say anything too jarring, but I’ve never worn a dress in bright yellow, green, orange or pink, much less a shift that combined all four hues. But, lest I pride myself too much, I definitely have a coffee table book from the woman herself, and it’s one on my favorites to flip through.
Truth be told, I wanted to be a Southern Prep for a while. The fact that I go to Baylor, and am surrounded my girls that follow The Preppy Handbook to a T, only exasperated the fact. I’ve since come to the conclusion that my hair will never be straight and thick, strings of pearls are for special occasions instead of daily wear, and I have no desire to own a DVF dress. Thank you, no.
Every now and then, though, it’s fun to flip through the books and old (by old, I mean from sophomore year) pictures, to see who I wanted to be. I think it’s good to sometimes try a path that isn’t your own, because then you see how much it doesn’t fit. And once you know who you are, no written handbook can dictate your life/style, no more than the people around you can convince you to mimick them. You’re comfortable enough in who you are, and you can draw little pieces from them–like florals and a blue button down–and combine it to something that’s much more fun than trying to follow a standard that no one cares that you keep.