Fashion Advice from a Lilly Pulitzer Insider

The brand’s King of Prussia-based executive dishes on spring trends and more.

Jane Schoenborn, Vice President of Marketing and Creative Communications, Lilly Pulitzer, King of Prussia

Favorite designers (in addition to Lilly Pulitzer, of course): My all-time favorite is Miu Miu, but I don’t own much. It’s really adoration from afar. I’m such a jewelry gal, too. I love jewelry from Jennifer Fisher, Jennifer Zeuner, Jennifer Meyer and Jennifer Miller—all the Jennifers.

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Spring trends she loves: Well, it’s delightful that color and print are so prominent this season. That always makes me happy. To balance that out, I love the availability of white from every designer. There’s white everywhere: casual to dressier dresses, and even sportswear. 

Style icon: Lilly, certainly. And even more than her actual apparel, I am constantly inspired by how she lived her life. She broke the rules, and she invited everyone to her parties. Her home was a gypsy mix of people, places and things. I love that. I’m not great with repetitive or predictable and welcome the continuous surprise of life.

Go-to casual outfit for a typical Saturday out: If you’re able to pry me away from my workout clothes, I’ll throw on printed Lilly shorts and a white button-down. We make the best printed shorts in every length. It’s an easy warm-weather uniform. I usually pair them with a little wedge and a bunch of tiny gold necklaces, even on the weekends.

Go-to outfit for a Saturday night in the city: I’m a dress girl and I’m—like the rest of the world—semi-obsessed with jumpsuits. We have the most amazing printed jumpsuit this spring. Anything one-shoulder just screams chic to me … and more gold jewelry.

Favorite thing in her closet: I love my engagement ring. It’s nontraditional—the Trinity ring from Cartier. It’s so me. 

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Personal style: My style is happy, easy. There’s a bit of that nomad feel, mixed with a prep-school background. There’s nothing cold about how I dress or my personality. I always lean toward the sunnier side.

Favorite fashion blogs: I read them all—that’s my job. For a while, I’ve leaned toward Instagram—the visual stimulation is addicting. Some of my favorites are “garypeppergirl,” “donalddrawbertson” and “jannid.”

Splurges: I want a white leather, over-the-shoulder, deconstructed tote for spring. I buy smart and save my money for travel adventures.

Favorite Lilly Pulitzer print: For spring, my favorite is “All Nighter.” It has giant swirling flamingos. We just wrapped a Jeep in this print, and it’s amazing to drive it down the Blue Route.

What she’s most excited about in the Lilly Pulitzer for Target Collection: Impossible question. Everything in the Lilly for Target Collection is incredibly chic. Target just gets it. We took them for a long weekend in Palm Beach, and they soaked it up. I love the home pieces the most, but that’s probably because I’m starved for Lilly home. The printed patio umbrella and printed hammock, both trimmed with pom-poms, are so vintage Palm Beach chic. The giant outdoor poufs and pillows just beg you to throw a party.

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Lilly Pulitzer’s Target collection launches on April 19. 

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