What to Wear for Easter: Dress or Pants?

I realized this morning that Easter is just a couple weeks away, so I thought I’d share two looks you could wear for Easter! These outfits would also be perfect for graduation ceremonies, baby/bridal showers, or other dressy events you have on the calendar this spring.

dress: Evereve (M) // Marc Fisher heels: Nordstrom (7.5) // straw clutch: Amazon // necklace: Kendra Scott // earrings: Kendra Scott // bracelet: J.Crew

This pretty floral dress immediately had me thinking about what spring events I have coming up. It’s made simply with an elasticized waistband, so you can just throw it on and go – no hidden side zippers or buttons at the back of the neck to futz with.

I don’t typically wear a lot of ruffly styles, so I like how this one keeps it simple at the top with a flattering v-neck and wide, bra-friendly straps.

This dress runs a little bit small; I recommend sizing up, if in between. I have the medium.

There are so many footwear options for this dress, from flats to heels.

I love the leg-lengthening effects of a nude shoe, so for this look, I went with a strappy slingback sandal in a light beige that blends into my skin. These sandals also come in gold, which is another great option for this dress.

For accessories, I carried a simple straw clutch, and added some gold jewelry to coordinate with the gold hardware on the bag.

While rust isn’t typically one of my better colors, I think the floral pattern is so pretty, and I can always top it off with a denim jacket to bring a more flattering hue close to my face.

This one is from KUT from the Kloth, and it has been my go-to for the past year or so. It has a generous fit, which gives a nod to the current trends, but you could also wear a more fitted denim jacket if you prefer.

This dress would also looks really cute with an ecru denim jacket. Both jackets linked here are true to size; I wear the small in both styles.

Evereve has so many pretty dresses right now, and I’ve also seen some nice options at Nordstrom, so I linked up a bunch below.

Shop Easter Dresses at Nordstrom and Evereve:

If you aren’t so much a dress girl, white pants are always a nice option for Easter and other springtime events. These Good American straight leg jeans with the raw hem are my favorites for under $100.

sweater: Evereve (M) // white denim: Good American (8) // espadrilles: Kenneth Cole (8.5) // earrings: J.Crew // bracelet: J.Crew

They are the thickest pair of white jeans I’ve tried, so there is absolutely no show-through. They’re also very stretchy, and they hold everything in. Plus they have a gap-proof waistband for ladies who struggle with that issue.

I had these last year in the size 6, but I’ve put on a few pounds, so I went ahead and ordered the 8 for this year. I would say they’re true to size, or size up if in between.

This pretty sweater is another Evereve find. I’m not usually one for puff sleeves, but these are fairly subtle, and I just love the colors in the knit.

The 22″ length is perfect for pairing with higher rise pants; I wore it with these wide leg jeans when we were touring St. Augustine last week.

outfit details

Both the PAIGE Anessa and Good American Good Straight have an 11″ rise, for reference.

This time, I wore espadrille wedge sandals with a knotted toe strap in a versatile light taupe. These shoes are very soft and cushiony and comfortable, but they run small. I sized up to the 8.5, and I could maybe even use the 9.

For this look, I swapped out the gold chain link earrings for these layered mini-pearl hoop earrings from J.Crew. They’re currently on sale, and under $20!

My dainty layered bracelet is also from J.Crew. It’s not on sale, but still quite affordable. Pearls are trending this spring, and I’ve been wearing these pieces a lot with dressier looks.

While I didn’t think to photograph this look with my denim jacket, that’s what I would wear on top if I wanted an additional layer. If you feel that’s too casual, you can top it off with a classic trench in beige or grey, or maybe even pink or sage green, to complement the colors in the sweater.

I should also mention, you’ll probably want to size up in this sweater. I’m wearing the medium, and I wouldn’t want it any tighter.

Either of these outfits would make a nice choice for Easter, or other dressy spring events.

What’s your preference? Dress or pants?

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13 Responses

  1. I always opt for white jeans for Easter and Mothers Day partly because the weather is never warm enough for dresses!

  2. I find it hard to shop now with ruffles and puffed sleeves. Plus I don’t wear sleeveless. Guess ill wait for that phase to pass. I love that dress on you though.

  3. Love your dress, especially the color! As for Easter, I usually have a dress and a pants outfit planned and decide when I know the weather forecast! I remember last year I had a pretty dress all planned, but with the cool weather, I didn’t want bare legs! So, I wore a nice pair of dressy Talbots pants and a pretty floral blouse with slight ruffles. Felt very dressy,, but kept me a little warmer!! Your Florida shots are great!

  4. You look great in both outfits. I received the scrappy nude sandals the other day, but think I have to return them. I don’t have a narrow foot but my foot slid forward and sides ways in them and so hard to walk in them. I even tried buckling the strap tighter. I know you have a narrow foot, so wondering how they work for you. They are so cute and would work so well with some dresses I already have in my closet. Easter is coming fast and I have all 3 adult, married kids and 3 grandkids coming for the weekend, so need to get planning more.

  5. You cut layers in your hair! So pretty!
    I tried that dress but the length was wrong on me; hit the wrong part of my leg. Looks really cute on you. The stylist at Evereve suggested a belt with that dress that looks good too.

  6. Pretty dress. I recently received a catalog from Soft Surroundings and they had some lovely dresses that were so modern looking and age appropriate – without the ruffles and busy floral prints. It made me wonder why bloggers (I subscribe to 6) don’t feature anything from SS?

    1. I can’t speak for anyone else, but their aesthetic has never really appealed to me – very flowy, long tops, tunics, etc. I like more structure, generally speaking.

    1. I love it, and I’ve had it for years. I don’t find it gets tangled, but I also don’t have a lot of issue with that overall. The way it’s designed, I think it does better than most. It’s only 2 strands, and they don’t go all the way to the back – you can see what I mean in the Nordstrom picture.

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