Tuesday, March 20, 2012

It's Cup Time!

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!

4 comments:

Madilene Lake said...

This is so true!! I'm so excited for cup this year - it was on our formal last year so I didn't get to go :( But no fear, I have my Lilly ready to go!!

Ashley said...

I have ALWAYS wanted to go to cup! My little brother is going this year with his fraternity and I am so excited to live vicariously through him! Take lots of pictures :)

A Simple Southern Life said...

Carolina Cup is one of my favorite events of the year. I can't wait until next weekend!!(:

A&B Bounce Houses in Tampa said...

There are some things that happen like this in Tampa and the surrounding area...I have seen a lot of things like this have bounce houses and all types of inflatables, kind of setup like a mini carnival in the past. If you are ever in the Tampa area, and you need a bounce house for anything and want to see some options rentabouncehouseintampa. com and check out some prices...I know A & B bounce houses can help. But they are only in the Tampa area. They even have the concessions and such...so a mini carnival-themed event or birthday party can be pretty complete all from just one place. Anyway, I know this is rather old, but seeing the pictures brings back memories, It also sort of reminds me of a race I went to as a kid, great memories and great times. Looks like you had a blast!

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