My Top Ten Picks from the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale

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Love prints? Then chances are, you love the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale. It goes live TODAY and will have new arrivals to the sale tomorrow, as well. This sale happens twice a year, so stock up on your spring and summer wardrobe before the slashed prices are gone. If you’ve shopped the sale on the blog before, you know the drill! You do have to have a Lilly account to shop here and you’ll go into a virtual line. Do not refresh your page once in line. The virtual line helps manage the traffic so that you can keep items in stock and the site running smoothly. But don’t worry, the line goes pretty fast! Now make a note, all sales are final- so I always like to be really detailed in my sizing in Lilly so you can compare. In my experience, your confirmation e-mail may come a few hours after you order online just because so many people are purchasing during the sale. If you have any other questions, head to the After Party FAQ page here.


If you are unsure of your size in Lilly, you can see their perfect fit finder here. I generally find Lilly to run TTS! 


I’M 5’3″ AND A SIZE 24 OR 25 IN DENIM AND A 34B. 






{You can also see my last sale and try-on haul here to help compare sizing!}

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My Top 10 Picks from the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale

1. Fiesta One Piece Swimsuit $138 on sale for $69

I’M BUYING AN ITEM I ALREADY OWN. I KNOW THIS IS CRAZY. Lilly Pulitzer came out with swim last year and our minds were blown. The. Fit. Was. Incredible. It feels comfortable yet tightens you in, so you feel like you can’t chase after your toddlers and not feel awkward bending down. They have flirty details, but you still feel covered if you know what I mean. I wore this swimsuit on repeat to the pool last year because I never felt conscientious of anything else when wearing this. At the pool with Maxi I am worried about her safety as well as the safety of other kids. There were some swimsuits I would fidget with- a strap would fall down here, a band would rise up there. I was uncomfortable and I don’t want to be fidgeting with swimsuits when I’m focused on kids. Plus, this was the swimsuit I always got asked the most about from other girls- so I think it’s safe to say it’s a cute print. 😉 For such a great price, I am going to go ahead and buy another swimsuit for this season just in case heaven forbid something happened to the one I have! In this suit I got a size 0.

2. Carlotta Shift — $218 on sale for $59

This shift dress looks like the perfect piece to throw on after a day at the pool when you want to run and grab dinner! I have always preached that I don’t love traditional cover-ups because we do like to grab a bite to eat after we swim and I’m not walking in a restaurant with some fishnet lace-looking cover-up ya know?! ha. This would also be so cute paired with white sneakers and a messy ponytail.

3. Isle Lattice One Piece Suit $138 on sale for $69

I don’t own this swimsuit yet, but I’m definitely grabbing this one. Lilly really converted me to their swim line last year and I know if I loved the one above so much, this would be a perfect addition to my pool visits as well.

4. S’well Bottle — $42 on sale for $20

My gift closet is 100% depleted. I’m talking it has NOTHING in it but a few measly strips of wrapping paper. It was put to use this holiday season and I gifted every single item it housed. What does that mean? Time to restock for 2019 gifts! This Swell bottle with the Lilly print is a perfect addition and only $20. Pair it with a $5 Starbucks gift card and you’ve got the perfect birthday gift for a girlfriend.

5.  Mila Shift $178 on sale for $59

The shades of green and pink in this dress are everything I want in a Lilly print and more. I know this will be the perfect summer church or shower dress and it can easily be paried with wedges, espadrilles, or flat sandals. When shopping for sundresses, I like to make sure I can pair them with 3 pairs of shoes, which will prove you can get some versatility. Some sundresses are far too casual to wear with wedges and some look like I’m wearing the wrong shoe if I pair with a sandal. This dress feels like it’s just right for any occasion!

6. Fawcett Off the Shoulder Dress $178 on sale for $54

If all-over pink isn’t your thing, I would try this Fawcett dress! I know coral is the Pantone color of the year, but from what I’m seeing lavender will be major! I was flipping through some home catalogs this weekend and lavender furniture, pillows, and decor was quite a major theme. Follow suit, with a breathable off-the-shoulder dress this spring. If you are pregnant, I would grab these as they will be perfect for nursing if you are in the summer!

7. Elba Sweater — $138 on sale for $54

If you work from home, you’ll want the Elba Sweater. This is a sweater you can throw on over workout pants or white jeans and still feel cozy in your home, but “ready” enough to take a work call and feel alert. If you’re a mom and you also struggle with feeling like you are in pajamas all day or don’t want to wear another workout top, try making 3 or 4 of these “cozy polished” looks in your closet. Hang these outfits together, so you can quickly grab in the morning and you don’t have to fuss too much with a look. You could wear this sweater multiple ways during the week and out on the weekend to run errands!

8. Fawcett Off the Shoulder Dress $178 on sale for $54

If you’re headed on vacation, I love this Fawcett dress in this shade of print! To me, this looks totally Lilly and just needs a top knot, a hot pink lipstick, and pair of turquoise Kendra Scott earrings to match!

9. Jackelin Romper $238 on sale for $79

I am OBSESSED with this romper for a summer date night! I think navy is the summer black and feels just as flirty, but a bit more fresh. The popover lace detailing and sleeves feel mod, so if you aren’t into bright prints this would be up your alley. If I had a bachelorette party to go to this summer, this would be my pick for the night!

10. Hollee Dress — $98 on sale for $49

Last but not least, I had to throw in what might be the most perfect “run around” dress of the sale. I’m partial to pineapples as they were a huge theme in our wedding {a sign of Southern hospitality} so I always get a twinge of sentiment when I see them. I’d pair this with my pair of white sneakers and run around town with Maxi. This is another great “uniform” to pair in your closet if you work from home because you can wear this cotton number with house slippers and still feel like you are in a gown you’d wear at home.

P.S. Remember this dress?! It is also part of the sale! See the blog post here and shop it here.

Let me know your favorite pick and if you grab anything! There will be new styles added tomorrow I’ll be sure to share!

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  1. I love the bright colours of the clothes! ❤️ They’re not quite my style but they’re stunning and suit you so well. Thanks for the heads up on the sale! 🙂

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    Published 07 Jan 19Reply
  2. Carolyn wrote:

    Love! are you getting anything for Maxi this year?

    Published 07 Jan 19Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Yes! I got her 2 of the shift dresses! Her size 2 fit her but I went ahead and got size 3 since we can practically wear Lilly year round with the weather here! Haha. Xo, Katey

      Published 07 Jan 19Reply
  3. Marihope Troutman wrote:

    Katey, I am the age of your grandmother, Deanna,(great 50 yr. friends), and have difficulty finding fashionable clothes which are long enough with coverage in the neck and sleeves. What kind of stockings, leggings, leg coverage (not make up) are we to use?

    Published 08 Jan 19Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Hi Marihope! 🙂 Thank you so much for always reading!

      Here are a few suggestions:

      Leg Coverage: The Sally Hansen leg spray is great! It is not makeup but can smooth skin. It is called Airbrush Legs and you can get it at the drugstore.
      Leggings: J.Crew or Chico’s makes some great leggings. I also love the “Pixi” pant at J.Crew as it is a pant but feels like a legging.
      Stockings: Nordstrom “Control Top” pantyhose are some of my favorites for that!

      Other great brands to try: Caslon and Gibson at Nordstrom. They make great sweaters and tops that provide more coverage. Gibson is a brand with a lot of versatility and great price points.

      I hope this helps. 🙂



      Published 28 Jan 19Reply
  4. Julie wrote:

    I love your descriptions of where/how/occasions for each piece! Had to grab the shift dress “cover up” just because I was charmed by the idea of going from the pool to grab food just by throwing on a cute dress and sneakers…maybe that’s just because it’s snowing where I am and I’m missing summer! lol

    Published 08 Jan 19Reply