Khalil said that Lily had been in "kind of an immature relationship" and she thought being with a "real man" would make Lily grow up and "start thinking about her life and situation in a different way" and "would change Lily for the better".
Khalil spoke with Bell and the head of the wardrobe department about updating the dress.
Sherwood's interpretation drew comparisons to Lily's mother, Drucilla; that "fire" was brought into Daniel and Lily's relationship.
Sherwood said that "Dru can be a little dramatic", and when Lily faces an issue with Daniel "she's not going to remain calm, she's going to do what she saw her mother do".
Khalil described her happiness with her character's evolution, with more adult storylines and having to "deal with things like losing a baby or breaking off her engagement [to Cane]".
Sherwood gave Lily more feistiness, although the character was never written as timid.
Khalil has received critical acclaim for her portrayal, which has garnered her a NAACP Image and Daytime Emmy Award.
Critics have described her as having evolved from a "teen star" into a "leading lady".
In 2002, Christel Khalil began portraying Lily as a teenager after the character rapidly aged.Lily and Cane had two children: Charlie and Mattie Ashby, born in 2010.The following year the couple divorced (after Cane faked his death and kept secrets from Lily), but reunited and were remarried in 2012.Fan outcry lead the show to rethink recasting the role with newly-appointed executive producer Jill Farren Phelps later saying that negotiations with Khalil had resumed and she "didn't yet know" how that would work out.Sherwood was said to have brought a "fire" to the role, and was told to use it only when necessary.
Winters is the daughter of supermodel-turned-executive Drucilla Winters (Victoria Rowell) born in the midst of a questioned paternity storyline, with Neil Winters (Kristoff St. Eleven years later, the storyline was readdressed with the revelation that Malcolm Winters (Shemar Moore) is her biological father.