Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Style Crush: Kayce Hughes

A few weeks ago I bought several dresses from Kayce Hughes. I'm often hesitant to order clothing online, but Kayce Hughes was having a major sale, and after a lengthy call with one of her sales associates regarding sizing, I felt comfortable taking the plunge... and I was not disappointed! I had been searching high and low for comfortable yet stylish daytime clothes to wear around the house and about, and my Kayce Hughes purchase fit the bill perfectly, all while speaking to my old soul sentiments.

I have been following Kayce's blog for some time now, as I admire her timeless, vintage-inspired style. Kayce looks to the the 1940s - 1970s for inspiration and then reinvents her clothing, patterns, and fabrics to make them fresh and current. And by the way, she also happens to be the niece of my muse, Lilly Pulitzer!

image via Matchbook magazine 

via Matchbook 

In addition to running a highly successful fashion line, Kayce is a wife and mother of seven (yes, SEVEN!) beautiful children. She began her career at Ralph Lauren in the women's design department, where she worked for over six years before taking a break to start her family. Four years and four more children later, she began turning vintage fabrics into nightshirts for her daughters.  She loved them so much, she had a seamstress make coordinating dresses and shorts for herself as well, which she began marketing under the label Pears + Bears. Kayce Hughes is now a booming fashion enterprise, with more than 200 designs including a children's line, women's line, and accessories. 

via Matchbook

A Nashville native, Kayce spent her formative years in Miami, where she naturally wore tons of Lilly, and played hide and seek in the Lilly Pulitzer warehouse. A constant source of inspiration, years later "Aunt Lilly" was able to share her words of wisdom, as Kayce launched her own clothing line.

"I would guess that anyone who ever met Aunt Lilly was inspired, because she was that kind of person," Kayce told me. "Most of what I found so inspiring about her had nothing to do with her designing or me designing, and had everything to do with how generous she was with her heart. Lilly's home was always fun and welcoming, and I always felt brighter after being there. Life and people and fun always seemed far more important than things including clothes... and that is truly inspiring."

via Matchbook
Step inside a Kayce Hughes boutique, and you will see lots of pink, high gloss white, Lucite, faux bamboo, and blue and white Chinoiserie porcelain. Can you see why I love this girl?!  
Here are a few Kayce Hughes items on my Spring wish list!  
And some must-haves for the little ones... 

You can read a charming tribute to "Aunt Lilly" here on Kayce's blog, and click here to read a darling profile on Kayce from Matchbook magazine. Kayce Hughes retail shops can be found in Atlanta, Chattanooga, and Nashville, or items may be purchased online.  


  1. I'm in love with the green tassel necklace! Great clothing line! Thanks for sharing the finds....

  2. I so love her clothes. And I love following her on Instagram.

  3. Oooh, thanks for the intro Andrea, would you believe I did not know about her? Talk about great genes! Checking it out now!

  4. She is so Lilly !! What fun attire and style!!!

  5. I absolutely love Kayce Hughes clothes and accessories (to die for)! I visit her Hills Center shop with my mother-in-law every time I am in Nashville (visits typically include her drooling over the future grand baby clothes while and I Instagram ginger jars), but I didn't know she was a Nashville native or that she has seven children--impressive!!! So much fun to learn a bit more about the talent behind all that style! Thank you, Andrea!

  6. help!! this is so cute!!! thanks for the intro...I love it...and now of course will need to check out all the goods. Thanks for your AMAZING email....will respond soon.

  7. Holy cow. Super cute dresses. This is like totally salt in a wound since I cannot shop. Ugh...going to her site now. xoxo

  8. does she have the time to do both...I love her children's cute!

  9. Andrea, thanks for this post! I am in love with Kayce Hughes designs. Can't wait to buy one of those dresses!


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