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Classic Lilly Dresses

Life’s a party. Dress like it.” -Lilly Pulitzer Rousseau


Shift dresses for women – it’s where it all began for Lilly Pulitzer in Palm Beach in the 1950s. Some call it a shift dress or a sheath dress but regardless of the title, shift dresses are what Lilly does best.

It all started with a juice stand. When young Lilly McKim eloped with Peter Pulitzer, they escaped the hustle-and-bustle of New York City for the sun and sand of Palm Beach. In the shadow of Peter’s citrus groves, Lilly opened a juice stand. To disguise the juice stains, she had a sleeveless shift dress made from colorfully-printed cotton. Soon, she was selling more dresses than juice.

The “classic shift dress” shot to international fame and demand when Lilly’s old schoolmate Jacqueline Kennedy nee Bouvier, now the First Lady, was photographed wearing a Lilly Shift while on vacation. “Jackie wore one of my dresses – it was made from kitchen curtain material – and people went crazy. They took off like zingo. Everybody loved them, and I went into the dress business.” – Essentially Lilly, A Guide to Colorful Entertaining

Explore some of Lilly’s most classic styles, including some shifts, just in time for spring.


Lilly Pulitzer Delia Shift


A print playfully covers a lean cotton shift traced with bow details along the side slits.

  • Back zip closure.
  • Scooped back.
  • Side slits.
  • Fully lined.
  • 100% cotton.

Lilly Pulitzer Janice Shift


Goldtone soutache trim adds a dash of glamour to the split neckline of a slim-cut textured jacquard shift.

  • Hidden back-zip closure.
  • Fully lined.
  • 98% cotton, 2% spandex.

Lilly Pulitzer Carol Shift


A colorfully detailed print excites the elegant, minimalist cut of this pure-silk shift dress. It’s perfect for an evening that has a chill in the air – a little covered in the arms but full of LEG. You’ll love the prints and the perfect fit.

  • Back zip closure.
  • Three-quarter sleeves.
  • 100% silk.

Lilly Pulitzer Maisy Strappy Racerback Slip Dress


Refreshing prints swirl across this lovely silk slipdress tailored with an elegant loose fit and slender straps held together by a golden bead at the upper back. The Maisy slip dress is a fun and flirty party dress you are going to love. From the bold print to the easy style, this dress looks as great as it feels.

  • Slips on over head.
  • Adjustable straps.
  • Fully lined.
  • 100% silk.

Lilly Pulitzer Palmetto V-Neck T-Shirt Dress


Newsflash – the Palmetto printed v-neck dress is going to be your new favorite. This long sleeve henley dress has fun scenes that pattern the ultrafine pima cotton of a decoratively buttoned V-neck shirtdress.

  • 35″ length.
  • Slips on over head.
  • Three-quarter sleeves.
  • Chest patch pocket.
  • 100% pima cotton.
  • Gold tone details.
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