The best news I’ve heard all week is Lilly Pulitzer for Target. For some, it was the worst news they had heard all week because it made the preppy brand too affordable. Herein lies the concept that many people simply don’t understand: money doesn’t buy class.
If anyone knows anything about Lilly Pulitzer clothing they know two things. First, the brand features bright colors and loud prints. Second, it is pricey. The typical people the brand caters to is the college-aged crowd of sorority girls and the upper-class ladies of the southeast. Considering the average price of a dress is around $200, we can safely say that the masses haven’t been able to wear Lilly’s clothing… until now. For some people, the Target collection will be the death of the brand and the classiness that’s associated with it. “Oh no! Girls without trust funds and daddy’s BMW will be able to wear Lilly? Say it isn’t so!” Excuse my sarcasm, but you get my drift. For whatever reason, people automatically assume that if you have money to buy expensive brands, then you’re classy. If you don’t, then you aren’t classy. Since when did money buy class?
Let me outline a few things that actually do equate to real classiness.
- Kind, generous heart
- Presentable appearance (clean face, styled hair, appropriate hemline, nose ring removed)
- Good manners
- Nice personality
- Doesn’t drop the ‘F bomb’ every few sentences
- Abides by the Golden Rule
- Keeps secrets a secret
- Confidence (not to be confused with cockiness)
- Thankful spirit
By no means is this list all-inclusive, but I hope I’ve made my point. Being classy is just as much an inside thing as it is an outside thing. I place a lot of value on looking nice. No one wants to look at someone who just rolled out of bed. However, looking neat and clean doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Its the garments you choose and put together that will determine how you look. For example, I was in BCBG the other day and found a plunging v-neck, thigh-high hemline party dress for $130. At Express next door I found on sale a one-shoulder little black dress for $45. Guess which one looked classier?
Your inner appearance should look just as great as the outside. You can wear Versace everyday and still be the trashiest person alive if your heart isn’t beautiful. Audrey Hepburn is a lovely example of inner and outer class. She dressed beautifully but spent her time (especially in her later years) helping others. Together, both aspects of who she was created her legacy.
If you clicked on the link I highlighted in the first sentence of this post, then you’ll know why I had to write about this misunderstood topic. Whether you decide to wear the Lilly for Target line or not is up to you, but I for one am glad to see that this preppy, pretty brand values the average consumer and wants to see every girl looking put together and dare I say, classy?