How to Style Easter Outfits for Different Occasions
Quote of the day: “Style is a deeply personal expression of who you are, and every time you dress, you are asserting a part of yourself.” Nina Garcia
Even if you don’t celebrate Easter, I figure these outfits would work for a variety of occasions. Most of us need to get dressed up at some point or another, and it’s true that our definition of dressed up can differ widely. So I was pleasantly surprised at the variety of outfits that happened when I told the moms to style for Easter outfits.
What kind of differences you ask? Well, Nancy is in a very subdued neutral color theme. I happen to be wearing bright colors. While my mom went with the traditional pastels colors but with pants.
You don’t have to pick a favorite, yet I think every option could work depending on what your plans may be and your personality.
Jodie’s (50+) Outfit: I have the memory (and many photos to prove it) of being swathed in pastels during my growing up years for the Easter holiday.
Not that it’s a bad thing, but I thought I’d take this outfit in a whole different path. I have worn this dress twice on the blog and both for our wedding ideas here and here. Of course that could be because I originally bought this dress for a wedding, and that’s proof that even I get in clothing ruts.
Therefore, I wanted to give this dress new life. Recently I wore it and posted the outfit on Instagram. And since I usually pair the dress with neutrals because it’s so bright on it’s own, I also decided to throw caution to the wind, and added in another bright piece.
The inspiration for the color combination came from this scarf. I bet many of us have wonderfully, colorful scarves and why wouldn’t those colors look wonderful in an outfit? Needless to say the scarf’s orange and yellow are somewhat different hues than my dress and jacket. However, I figured those details weren’t important.
After choosing these bright colors for my outfit, I thought neutral shoes and accessories would be better.
It’s been awhile since I’ve read that every woman should have a pair of nude heels in their closet, but I still think it’s great advice. They are one shoe that truly goes with everything because they match your skin. So what that really means is one person’s nude could be different than another. And don’t forget to think about blush pink because many of those shoes look almost nude.
Because these shoes probably get worn quite a bit, they should be updated every so often. If you prefer a little heel, then this pair would work nicely because of the straps. There are even lower heels available along with flats in nude.
I’d love to point out that this jacket was a thrift store find sometime last year. I almost think jackets are one of the best deals you can get at the second hand stores. Mainly because usually they are quite expensive in retail.
However, if you don’t subscribe to wearing items that are preloved, then I found a couple on sale for under $50. This silver one is definitely more casual, this bomber is somewhat casual but because of the details seems dressy, and then there’s a ruffle blazer that could be dressy for almost any occasion.
Nancy’s (60+) Outfit: Nancy chose her silky suit for our Easter outfits theme.
She’s worn these pieces separately many times, yet even together for our funeral post. I think for the retired women out there that still have “suits” in our closet, this could be a great time to break them out. They can work perfectly for our dressier events either together or separately.
If you don’t already have a suit in your closet, you might think that you are too old to add one now. However, I’d disagree because they work as a fabulous foundation if you get creative with them. Trust me, it’s a future theme on the blog, but just to prove my point I’d have you check out this one and this one for under $80.
One of Nancy’s favorite color combinations is pink and grey. Therefore she added in pink accessories with her necklace, earrings and pink flower pin. This flower pin was an extra when Nancy bought another shirt years ago. It’s a good lesson, that just because it came with one shirt, doesn’t mean it has to only live on that one shirt.
In fact, my mom loves to make these flower pins with leftover material. In fact, the flower I was wearing in this Instagram post was leftover material when my mom made herself a dress that she wore for our leggings post.
What I think makes this outfit look wonderful for the spring is not only the pink accents but the floral shoes.
These shoes have gotten a ton of love from Nancy because they go with almost anything imaginable. What she has noticed is that the pump style of shoe doesn’t stay on her feet that well when we are walking.
If you have that issue too, then let me introduce you to the ankle strap. Whether it’s a sandal, or pump version, or even a flat, the ankle strap will keep the shoe in place so much better when you are going places.
I also think the pink purse that Nancy is carrying really adds more lightness to the outfit. When we are working all day, and your purse stays under your desk, it’s not a detail that really gets noticed. But once we start going out and enjoying life, our purse can really add so much interest to our outfits.
And don’t stop at only buying purses to carry. For instance this lunch tote would be the best spring purse just like the time when my mom used a jewelry holder as her purse. Or even when I found a wine carrier at the thrift store and have been using that as a purse.
Skirt: (similar here)~~Jacket: (similar here)~~Top: (similar here)~~Shoes: Chinese Laundry (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Pin: (similar here)~~Purse: (similar here)
Charlotte’s (80+) Outfit: I was quite surprised that my mom decided to wear pants for this Easter Outfits post.
It’s nice that she doesn’t mind wearing skirts and dresses, yet I also know she has a ton of pants in her closet. And since so many of the women I see out in public are wearing pants for any occasion, it’s a good inspiration.
This jacket is the loveliest upholstery material that was made by our local designer. We’ve showcased her tunics on the blog before. And I purchased this jacket at an event when I first met Brooks. I’ve worn it a couple of times, but I found that it fits my mother better.
According to our color analysis, the jacket could be too light for my mom’s complexion, yet I think the melon t-shirt under it helps that fact.
Talking about purses again, I always wonder how many purses that most women have in their collection?
I know my mom has an extraordinary amount, and I’m only starting my collection. Do most of you have neutrals, brights or prints?
I know when mom and I were shopping for this purse, she was originally looking for a navy one, yet this light blue one has been so versatile. Of course when I was searching for similar items I almost bought this gingham one. I can see why you’d start adding so many purses into your closet…eek!
As for pants that you can wear for dress up, what’s the factor that you consider the most? I know most of us consider black pants as our go-to like we discussed in our blog post.
Yet I think there are other options available. Color is certainly key; however, I know that material can make a difference. For instance, there are metallic pants that seem dressy. Then there’s also chiffon pants that would work. For many of us, I also think that the wide legged pants might seem dressier. Lately I’ve also seen the ruffle leg pants and I’d love to know your opinion of these.
I’d like to point out that not only do I add some fun and social activity to my mom’s outings. I’m also starting to work on their balance and core like in the photo below.
Adding some laughter and fun. Who doesn’t need bunny ears for their Easter outfits?
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Since dresses are my first thought for Easter outfits, I thought I’d find some fabulous options below.