Actually, at least in regions with cold or extreme cold winters, one should still dress according to the weather on Easter. This means wear cold weather gear when needed. Not spring outfits! However, on Easter, any cold gear is so yesterday. The catwalk for the new spring outfit is the curbside, church and/or queue to be seated or at the buffet! Read how to dress your best for Easter without catching a cold or looking out of place.
- Easter in Alaska
- Why is Dressing for Easter a Challenge
- Easter Outfit Suggestions
- What Colors to Wear
- Top of the World Style Linkup No. 302
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Easter in Alaska
In Fairbanks, going out for Easter Brunch or dinner is a big dress-up thing. No matter how cold it is still outside, ditching the tights and boots and going bare leg in sandals or pumps is a Must for Fairbanks women and girls of all ages. The new spring dress gets its first appearance. Boyfriends and husbands alike drop the female part of their party at the door of the restaurant because it is impossible to walk in heels or sandals in the muddy dirty unpaved parking lots. Furthermore, it is still way too cold for their ladies’ spring outfits. Well, springtime in Alaska is 40 below.
Why is Dressing for Easter a Challenge?
To dress your best for Easter Brunch or dinner is a challenge. On one hand, it is a family and religious event. On the other hand, a brunch, dinner or social event. The squaring of the circle so to speak. 😉 Take the usual brunch dress code or dinner dress code of the restaurant in mind and dress it up a notch. Two years ago, for instance, I wore my new paperbag pants and dressed them up with a fancy belt and wore the look at Easter Brunch.
Stylist tip: Keep in mind that tons of photos will be taken. Thus, last year’s dress won’t do the trick because family members most likely see you only so often. They will remember it!
When the celebrations are at a family member’s home, the dress-code is more difficult. Your best bet is an upscale version of what is worn at family meetings for birthdays. Always pick an outfit that gears on the side of timeless. Your outfit should not cause a major laugh attack of your kids, nieces, nephews, grand-kids – you name it – when looking at the photos in ten, twenty, thirty years. More on what to wear at a family reunion in the guide at the link.
To be on the safe side, dress for the weather.
Sandals in snow look ridiculous!
Easter Outfit Suggestions
Now what to wear? Go for a classic spring skirt-top combination or dress with floral or other timeless print and an “office appropriate” (read modest) neckline. Add no more than one trendy statement piece! The best “trendy” part would be some of the colors of the year. Go for slingbacks, pumps or classic sandals with a heel no higher than 2.5 inch (5 cm) if the weather and place you goto permits. They are easier on your feet when standing in line for a long time. Have a cardigan in a color that matches the dress to cover up. At this time a year, it actually is still too cold, for the spring dress you will wear. You also need the cardigan to stay warm, as you want to wear a light transitional coat. Wearing a winter coat with spring/summer shoes looks plain ridiculous!
Steer away from any solid color dress in pastels. You don't want to look like a walking Easter egg! 😉 #Easteroutfit Click To Tweet
Remember, you don’t want to be the family clown or the family’s fashion victim.
Below are some inspirations of outfits that would fit the bill.
Calvin Klein striped sheath dress with GNW cardigan, Hermes enamel bangles, Ray Ban Jackie O. sunglasses, and L.K. Bennett wedge patent leather heels (all own)
Striped Jones New York cardigan with Ralph Ralph Lauren polka dot skirt, Notations cardigan worn as top, Modalo Pippa bag, Kieselstein Cord belt, and Christian Louboutain pumps (all own)
Shein blue and white print dress, philosophy blue cardigan knotted for style, sunflower yellow Longchamp pilage de cuire, Anne Klein nude pumps (all own)
Michael Kors cork plateau patent leather sandals, Coach shearling bag, metal belt, eShakti floral print dress and Winkwood wooden frame pink mirrored sunglasses (all own)
Banana Republic floral print coat worn over the outfit for the commute to work with a Coach bag (all own)
Victoria Victoria Beckham silk print dress with Moda International cardigan, Hermes collier de chien bangle, and Gloria Vanderbilt pumps (all own)
Victoria Victoria Beckham silk cat-print dress with GNW cardigan, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Paloma Picasso sunglasses, and Esprit bag (all own)
Shein striped floral print dress, Gucci bag, Studio sandals, Kieselstein Cord belt, statement buckle, pearl necklace (own), and wooden sunglasses c/o Winkwood
Outerwear: Armani cape, Prada satchel, Gloria VanDerBilt pointy toe pumps, pantyhose, silk rose pin, puma buckle belt, G-III above-the-knee skirt, Hermes collier de chien bangle (all own) and gingham button-down c/o Whistle River
Sheath dress c/o Lookbook Store accessorized with own pin, charm necklace, silk scarf and worn with Salvatore Ferragamo Vara pumps
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What Colors to Wear
Even tough it may be still cold, go for the pastel colors of your color palette. Caramel dress pants with a white blouse and a floral print scarf in pastels make a cute spring-inspired look. When pastels wash you out, stay with the lighter colors of your color palette. Salmon pink looks great on almost everybody. Try adding light spring inspired colors with a scarf like in the featured outfit.
Stay away from solid clothing in Easter egg colors.
What is your Easter tradition and what will you wear? What are your Easter dressing challenges?
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