For us southern, preppy ladies in and around South Carolina, a very big day will soon be here. A day complete with big hats, beautiful dresses and perfect bow ties.
That's right, it's Caroline Cup Time! This year is particularly special because it's the Cup's 80th Anniversary!
Every year, college students and other seasoned cup-goers from all over the Southeast travel to Camden, South Carolina to sport their southern frocks and attend the Cup. I've gone for the past two years and will also be attending this year on March 31st!
One of the most important aspects of the race is your outfit! Girls and guys alike start looking months in advance for the perfect preppy look! There is no shortage of pastels, seersucker and Lilly at this amazing event!
If you've waited until the last minute or just aren't sure what to wear, here are a few options in order to pick the perfect dress!
1. Lilly Pulitzer: Everyone knows that Lilly is the epitome of a southern style dress and it looks great for this type of event, if you don't mind everyone else having the exact same thing. Don't get me wrong, you'll look amazing, but if you plan on buying one of her brand new dresses from this season, chances are about a hundred other girls will be matching you at the Cup.
2. Custom: If you like having something that's completely different from everyone else, getting a dress custom made is the way to go, but take caution, you do pay a pretty penny to put something together yourself. Though you can ensure no one else will be wearing what you have on, make sure the money is worth it and you can get more wear out of the dress than just one time.
3. Look Alike: There are so many stores that sell dresses in great spring colors with seersucker and bows, besides Lilly Pulitzer and with a much cheaper price tag. Brands like Vineyard Vines and J.CREW offer these type dresses at this time every year and aren't as worn at Cup, giving you a better chance that someone won't have on the exact same outfit.
Your Best Bet: The option that I think works best is wearing a Lilly Pulitzer dress from a past season! I have seen so many girls do this and they stand out from the crowd. If you bought a Lilly a couple years ago at a consignment shop or have one laying around that you've had for a while, wear it! You still have that Carolina Cup look, but you can do it without matching every other girl there! Besides the newest season, no one knows when certain Lilly's came out, but they do recognize them, so you fit right in!
See you at the Cup!