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Why We Dress Up for Easter // Alyssa LaCourse

By April 3, 2019fashion

When I was little, my mom and grandma would take me shopping in the spring with the intention of buying an Easter dress. This was the most exciting day for a future shopping enthusiast. We would visit every store in the mall to view the options before making a final decision. I had a few qualifications before I would say yes to the dress. It had to be springy, trendy, and nothing like the one I wore last year. But I definitely did not have the final say.

I can remember asking my mom why we dressed up for Easter, and she always said it was out of reverence for God. That answer never really did the job for me. Every spring, I relive these memories and still wonder why  we dress up for Easter. I decided to do some research into Easter fashion.

In some early Christian traditions, believers were baptized in white robes. As baptism is an outward symbol of an inward change, the white robe represented the washing away of sin. This tradition was brought into Easter clothing during the early nineteenth century.

Before the Victorian Era, people didn’t commonly dress up for church services because most people simply couldn’t afford to. However, with industrialization and the emergence of the middle-class, clothes become affordable for almost anyone to buy. People then began to buy new clothes for Easter to symbolize how the old is gone and the new has come.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”

2 Corinthians 5:17

Now, God doesn’t care about our new outfits on Easter. He is more concerned with our hearts. But, if we position our hearts correctly, we can allow our clothes to represent what Easter is truly about: the resurrection of Christ and the new covenant God made.

Many years later, I still look forward to picking out an outfit to wear on Easter Sunday, but now I have a new outlook on dressing up for Easter. This year, I will take extra care now that I know what I wear can represent God’s change in me.

Here are a few Spring 2019 trends to try when picking out your Easter outfit this year

  • Bows: This ultra-feminine detail can be found on dresses, tops, shoes, and even some pants. Tying a bow around a sleek ponytail or bun adds an extra element of beauty to any look.
  • Colorful stripes: Wide, vertical stripes are becoming more and more popular this season. Try a colorful striped midi-skirt with a simple tee and heels.
  • Sweet lilac: A mix of pink and lavender, sweet lilac is a color to buy this spring. This bright pastel is the perfect pop of color for any outfit.
  • Floral: Small, delicate floral patterns can be found in almost any store right now. Look for airy blouses and flowy dresses with floral this spring.
  • Espadrilles: Flat, wedge, platform, heeled, sneaker. Any type of espadrille goes this spring, especially with colored canvas straps. Find an espadrille with a flexible soul to make walking easier.

Featured Photo by Oleg Ivanov on Unsplash

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