As I am sure some of you are aware of I have a serious soft spot for suiting. Especially the suits from the 40s and the 50s. I appreciate the sharp tailored lines the creativity in design, and above all else how they transform the figure wearing them into a sharply dressed individual. To summarize, I love a good vintage suit. Right now I have over 20 true vintage suits from the 40s to the 50s, some of which I have even been able to date to an exact year based on the label or else the photos that have come with it like my 1946 moss green suit. For the past 4 years, I have been on the hunt for the missing piece though. What is this missing element? Why a Lilli Ann suit. Considered the Cadillac of vintage in the collecting world these designer suits were featured in magazines with full color spreads, featured stunning and expert tailoring, and are so well made and documented. For almost 4 years now I have been searching for one to add to my collection. These suits are not hard to find and can be found on Etsy, Ebay, and other sources. What is hard to find is a suit in my size and in my budget. . . .That is what has taken me 4 long years. When I would find one it was either too small or too far out of my price range. . .
So what makes Lilli Ann so special? Why are these suits so coveted and treasured? Well to start they were made with some of the best materials available from France and Italy after WWII. The designs were also just incredible and if you don't believe me then check out this post from Chronically Vintage where guest writer from Dividing Vintage Moments shared some of her private Lilli Ann collection. Check out that same post/ link too for more history on the Lilli Ann brand. To summarize, these suits are incredible but were designed and made and sold to the small and petite woman who had money to spend. In the 1940s these suits cost around $100 each and to put that into perspective that is almost $2,000 today ($1,841.41 to be exact according to a calculator I found online). . . .These suits then and today are not cheap lets put it that way. Can you imagine spending that kind of money for one suit?! For more history on the brand, check out this Ruby Lane post here. I will not give you much history here as those two sites previously mentioned do a great job of it already and I really want to spend my time talking about my Lilli Ann suit. My Lilli Ann Suit was purchased off of Etsy this summer and although mine has had its original Label destroyed it is still a well documented style and is dated to 1955. Funny enough, this will be my second suit dated to 1955 with my Saks Fifth Ave. suit being my first. Below is the original 50s ad for this Lilli Ann suit.
When I found this suit I was in love with it because it was one that matched my measurements almost too well and I decided it was worth the roll of the dice. It was the most I had ever paid for a single vintage item so I was taking the plunge in the world of Lilli Ann full body. There was no going back once I hit the buy button. Overall, I am in love with my new suit so expect a fuller garment post later on this fall.