Fashion Moments

An OOTD Moment – Lilly Pulitzer You Gotta Regatta

Hi everyone!

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Outfit Details: Shep Shirt (Similar) / Shorts (Sold Out! Same style, different pattern) / Boat Shoes (Similar)

The best clothes are always the ones that come with a story behind them. That’s the case today with pretty much the entire outfit.

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After I was finished with my internship in New York, I spent approximately eight hours home in Pittsburgh before piling in a car again to head to Washington D.C. for vacation over the 4th of July. Now, I don’t know if it was scatterbrain from having just packed to leave New York or the fact that it was a scorcher the last time we visited DC for the holiday, but I only packed for 90 degree days. It didn’t even occur to me that I should probably check the weather.

Needless to say, it rained most of the time and was relatively freezing for summer. Especially on the 4th. I had a spaghetti strap dress on and spent most of the day talking myself in and out of buying a $50 sweatshirt from the gift shops.

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As it was torrentially raining outside and we were trying to decide whether to stand in it with the chilly wind for two hours to catch the fireworks, I remembered that I had purchased this Shep Shirt from Vineyard Vines in Georgetown a couple of days ago. This sweatshirt pretty much saved my life that day. I looked like a fool though with this pulled over my dress, I will admit. But I was warm and happy, so that’s all that matters.

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Now these shorts are another story. When Lilly Pulitzer announced that their beloved pattern ‘You Gotta Regatta’ would be re-released, it was pretty much madness. This is probably their all-time best seller and can go for crazy prices on eBay. So I was pretty stoked that they were coming back with some new pieces in such a classic print.

THEN Lilly announced that they were debuting the print earlier than the online launch in one location only: the Lilly Pulitzer store on Madison Avenue. I was still in New York at the time and was thanking my lucky Lilly stars.

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But, I had already visited the store the weekend before (obviously) and spent a sizable/embarrassing amount of money. So the day of the launch, I sat in my internship in Lower Manhattan arguing with myself over whether to take a train ride to the Upper East Side and hand over another chunk of change or not.

Ultimately I decided to throw caution to the wind and flex my credit card. I hopped on a 6 train and went about four stops until we, well, stopped. If there’s anything I learned in New York, it’s that public transportation is unpredictable and a little unreliable. I sat at the same stop, pretty much trapped unless I wanted to walk thirty blocks, for nearly a half an hour.

Seeing as it was already after 6:30, I was racing the clock to get there by the time they closed at 8:00. I’ll save you the suspense – we eventually started moving, I secured both these amazing Addie shorts AND a romper in the pattern and I took a fairly empty train home.

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These two pieces, I think, work really well together and would be perfect if you were actually going out on the water. The closest I got to that today, though, was watching my neighbors do some repairs to a boat that magically appeared in their yard this morning. Hooray.


What are some stories behind your favorite clothing pieces?

Thanks for reading!

xoxo Rebekah

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