4 tips for easter dressing
Although Easter is a religious holiday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, it is celebrated by many in the U.K despite their lack of faith. As an atheist myself, Easter is like a very small Christmas. For my family it is more about spending quality time together, a great Sunday roast and indulging in chocolate eggs with a good movie playing in the background. However, I am aware that this is certainly not the case for many and I have attended church and a fancy dinner in the past. Despite this being quite a few years ago when I wasn’t as passionate about fashion as I am today, I can recall being very unsure on what to wear. Therefore, I felt that it was very important I included an Easter dress in my 31 dress series for Spring/Summer.
Here are my top 4 tips to help you think outside the Easter basket and dress up to an Easter Brunch.
The vibe – Traditionally feminine, demure, dressy.
Easter is considered to be a controversial annual event. It is not the time to be flaunting bold patterns and prints and drawing everyones attention to what you are wearing. This holiday is primarily a religious celebration and as such is best reflected through a respectful outfit that is appropriate and modest.
Avoid a mini
Whilst mini length dresses are all kinds of fun to wear, they can be quite controversial in certain settings. As Easter Sunday may very well be spent in Church, or with your grandparents at a classy restaurant, the mini is perhaps best avoided. Instead, I suggest looking at knee length dresses as an alternative if you are not in the maxi mood.
If you are petite such as myself then don’t worry, simply pair up with some heels to elongate your legs. For extra length, I would consider going with black tights as this colour is the most slimming and elongating. Not to mention classic and safe too. Similarly, you could opt for a pair of ballet flats in your skin tone to give off the same illusion.
Colour blocking is a great styling choice to implement when you are feeling doubtful on where to take your outfit. This is due to colour blocking being so easy to style and usually results in a safer look. This style choice is very simple; stick to clothing that is designed in solid colours. No pattern, print or fancy detailing.
I did go slightly off the colour blocking in this outfit with a pair of patterned tights. This was to add depth to my look and elevate the outfit to a classier level of sophistication.
On another note, it is generally not recommended to wear black on Easter, as the day represents new life and transformation, whilst black is a colour for mourning. Personally, I don’t see this is a major issue or unwritten rule one must follow. Black is still a very classic colour and due to the pop of pink on my dress, this dark colour looks less morbid. As I styled my outfit with patterned tights, a hair bow clip and matching heels, this full look exudes elegance over funeral attire. Admittedly, this can be quite a risky take on an Easter outfit and done badly this can go very wrong. However, I wanted to show the Everyday Elle that she can certainly wear black during Easter, if she so wishes but it must be carefully tackled.
It is also more common to be sporting pastel colours and floral Spring prints. Colour blocking isn’t most people’s go-to for Easter and I think it’s fun to be different to every one else.
Chose one body part to show off
One of my favourite tips for classically ladylike attire is choosing only one body part to show some skin. This is vital for dressing up for an occasion that requires a demure and modest dress code. You simply don’t want to be showing off your body too much.
Here, I chose to show off my arms. This is actually my least favourite body part, (I still like them though because self-love is everything!) however, I felt that they were the safest areas to not cover up. This is because if you are going to Church, you can easily layer up with a light jacket to cover your arms and take off the jacket, afterwards, if you are feeling a little warm.
Although a midi length would still ensure my legs aren’t showing off too much, I felt that this dress would look less polished without the floral tights. It is also a bit more risky if you are attending a church event. Moreover, I felt that it was important to keep my figure under wraps and reveal very little. Hence why I opted for a sleeveless dress with a poofy skater skirt. The cute bow detail and scallop-edged top tones down the look and adds a small hint of naivety which I think works perfectly for the occasion. ( You don’t want to risk look sexy! Unless it’s Easter night with just your partner, then by all means bunny up.)
The sleeveless design also gives my darling charm bracelet room to shine and consequently elevates the classic vibes further.
Classically simple accessories
Statement jewellery can look amazing but once again, it is perhaps best left to a black tie event instead of an Easter Brunch. Dainty accessories reflect the nature of this holiday more effectively. Here I chose to wear my essence charm bracelet from pandora, a pair of bow earrings and a necklace to match. I’m not much of a ring girl but if I had went with this jewellery choice also, I would have stuck to one ring only. Too much sparkle can suddenly take a classic look and decrease it’s quality to something a little tacky. This is something I personally hate to exude on a daily basis and especially on a day such as this. For many Easter is spent at Church and fancy family events. Neither of which wish to see a blinding necklace and huge disco balls dangle from someones ears.
Colour co-ordinate your bag and shoes
If you are a regular reader of Eternally Elle then you may be getting a little tired of me yapping on about this style tip. However, my reason for this consistent mentioning is due to the fact that it is one of my favourite style tips for looking put together. Simply matching your shoes to your bag polishes off your look and gives off this statement that you totally know how to dress. It also really finishes-off an outfit.
I went above and beyond here and also colour co-ordinated my hairstyle with a black velvet bow, which matches my heels perfectly. I knew I wanted to have an up do hairstyle for this look as not only do I love how it frames my face and compliments my jawline but also adds another level of sophistication. I felt that adding a silver bulldog would have been too much with the jewellery I was already wearing. Therefore, it is important to really consider your hair accessorise too.
Easter is the unofficial official starting point of spring season. This makes it the ideal opportunity to shed the heavy layers, you have been living in since Autumn, and welcome lighter tones. However as the U.K is still rather chilly, easing your wardrobe into the new season is a wise choice I really recommend. Hence why I opted for black layering and a pop of pink to celebrate the beautiful transition into Spring.
Which ever path you choose to take for dressing up on Easter Sunday, ensure that you are appropriately dressed but also comfortable and confident in your attire.
* in collaboration with Chicwish. This dress was gifted to me by the company.
Please note that I will always share my honest, genuine thoughts no matter what. I wanted to collaborate with this brand to see how the quality of their products measured up to my high standards. Whilst the garments I have featured on this brand are good quality I found that their quality was overall, very unpredictable. As such I wouldn’t recommend the brand as you could very easily end up with a poorly made garment that will fall apart in a few wears. Very unsustainable for the planet!
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