Elizabeth Chambers spills her secrets of outfit coordination with release of new Lilly Pulitzer x Pottery Barn collection
Spring has finally sprung and the inevitable sunshine-filled days that are headed our way have us craving more color, more playfulness and an overall warmer vibe.
It’s no secret that Lilly Pulitzer is synonymous with all of these things, and the iconic resort-wear brand’s latest collection with Pottery Barn is no exception, which kicked off on March 14 during the Lilly Pulitzer x Pottery Barn Palm Beach Experience in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood.
The event was hosted by entrepreneur and lifestyle influencer Elizabeth Chambers, who's always been a Lilly girl at heart:
“I’ve always loved Lilly Pulitzer. It’s just so classic and so beautiful, fun, bright and vibrant. Of course I love Pottery Barn as well, so it’s kind of the perfect marriage of bringing that vibrance into your home and I mean that’s what we all want, right? You want to be cheerful and surrounded by beautiful colors and have a vacation-vibe in your house, so I think this is the perfect collaboration. Even on a grey March day, you’re instantly uplifted and it’s everything that you want to be surrounded by — not only in your clothing but in your home.”
Chambers’ personal sense of style when it comes to her home and wardrobe are reflective of this vibe:
“I live in L.A. and we’re surrounded by palm trees anyway, which is great — so you have that all around you. I like monochromatic [style] with pops of colors and patterns. I love the banana-leaf pattern that the Beverly Hills Hotel is known for and I think Lilly does a great job of taking that to the next level.
I also love pops of color in my wardrobe … nothing is more comfortable than a shift dress and Lilly does a shift dress really well!”
For those that may be hesitant towards expanding beyond an all-neutral color palette (We’re looking at you, New Yorkers!), Chambers has a foolproof strategy toward getting acclimated to brighter pops of color:
“Start with baby steps — a printed top with white skinny jeans or white boyfriend jeans and a cool jean jacket over your shoulders. Take your monochromatic pieces that are tried and true and instead of wearing a black T-shirt with it, mix in that pattern and that pop of color. I feel like it’s such a pleasant surprise when you do that, for yourself and for others. People will be like ‘Oh, you’re wearing color!’ and people are instantly cheerful when they see you in colors, so I feel like everyone should take baby steps towards more patterns and colors.”
Part of working different prints and patterns into a space or outfit is through coordination, something that Chambers excels at when it comes to dressing her two children, Harper and Ford:
“I think there’s nothing sweeter than coordinated siblings — everyday I coordinate my children. I think you don’t even necessarily have to have the same pattern, but the same color palette and the same idea. If one is nautical, they don’t have to be exactly matching, but go for the same color scheme and the same vibe. Even Harper loves it, she’ll point to my son [Ford] and say ‘He’s my brother, you can tell because we’re dressed alike!’ and she takes pride in it, I think it’s really sweet.
People always ask on the red carpet if my husband [actor Armie Hammer] and I coordinate and we honestly don’t because I’m always focused on what I’m wearing and he does the same … it’s the same with me and Harper — if we can coordinate enough to match then that would be goals! But I’m just happy to get [my kids] out the door. I do coordinate my daughter and my son though, they always match.”
But for Chambers, the most important thing to keep in mind when it comes to coordinating her children is that at end of the day, they’re still dressed like children:
“I try to dress my kids really well every day, probably better than I dress myself. And everyone always says ‘Why are they so fancy’ but to me, it’s just as easy (if not easier) to put on a dress than leggings and a T-shirt. And my daughter loves dressing up, and I think it all washes the same anyway.
I love a Peter Pan collar on both girls and boys, I love the batiste dresses, I love anything smocked — my parents are from Mississippi so i couldn’t escape it if i tried! i just love that traditional silhouette and I think you should dress children like children for as long as you can. I don’t want to put them in graphic T-shirts and ripped jeans because they’re probably one day going to do that on their own — I want to dress them like children.”
The new Lilly Pulitzer x Pottery Barn collection boasts more than 100 pieces and is available across Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids and PB Teen (online and in-stores) and features over 43 new hand-painted prints.
One of these prints, ‘Lilly of the Jungle’, has also launched into a capsule clothing collection, which is available through Lilly Pulitzer both online and in-store.
Here are our favorite pieces from the Lilly Pulitzer x Pottery Barn collection and the ‘Lilly of the Jungle’ collection: