Well I said there was a lot going on for the blog this week so yep it’s Sunday and you are getting a surprise post today! It’s my Easter gift to you. I hope you all have an amazing day.
There is no denying that my favourite thing to wear hands down is a dress. I can’t exactly tell you why because I know a lot of women don’t like them but there is just something about the way they fit and the way they make me feel. So as soon as the spring collections started hitting the stores I went in purchase overdrive. And I certainly added to my collection on my shopping trip today lol.
This post features a dress from my go to brand for dresses – Lane Bryant. In my opinion they continue to offer one of the best collections with options for work, play, casual, date night and dressier occasions. And let’s not forget their designer collaborations and the styled by Glamour options for those looking for more trendy and high fashion options.
When I saw this dress I was immediately drawn to it’s totally girly vibe. If that’s not your style then this dress probably isn’t for you. However it also evoked a strong emotional reaction from me. It brought up memories from my childhood. You see as an adult Easter hasn’t been much of a holiday for me. My first year of university I had exams around Easter and I went to school an 8 hour drive from home so I didn’t get to spend it with my family. Then I started co-op and let’s just say Easter doesn’t mean much for us accountants who have looming tax deadlines to keep us busy.
But when I was a kid, Easter was a big deal. I was raised Catholic and I sang in the choir every Sunday from the time I was 7 till I was 17. My parents didn’t go to Church (one of the tragedies of divorce) but my great aunt was the choir director and I went with her. She always dressed to the nines and she is a woman with a great sense of style. And well they didn’t go my parents always made sure I did and it was important to dress my best.
This combined with having a big Italian style celebration meant that a new dress for Easter was a must and I always looked forward to it. And you got to wear your white shoes for the first time that year. Yep I was definitely a girly girl from the beginning.
This lace fit and flare dress in this pale lavender colour would have definitely been something a younger me would have swooned over. I mean the cap sleeve, the full skirt and the hint of tulle at the hem make it pretty as a picture and oh so twirl worthy. I would have begged my Mom to buy it for me and thankfully she would pretty much do anything to make me happy. And of course I could always convince one of my grandmothers as an alternative!
As a grown woman I still see this dress as a perfect choice for Easter. It would also be great for any upcoming weddings, showers, or graduations. I am wearing the 26/28 and honestly the fit on this dress is impeccable. It also comes in a beautiful coral colour.
So while this dress evokes many childhood memories and is a classic choice I wanted to style it in a more modern way and choose an unexpected colour combination. I was stumped for a bit because everything I was coming up with was expected. But then I finally remembered that I had bought these super cute flats from ASOS and they were my jumping off point to incorporate navy. This classic structured bag from Aldo that I added a scarf and key charm to was the perfect choice. I then was fortunate enough to be able to pull some blue and purple accessories from my expansive existing collection to complete the look.
Some years I wish I could go back and enjoy Easter like I did when I was a little girl but for now I cherish what I do and am grateful for what I have. And my family knows I am there in spirit. Right now I have a dress that makes me smile and feel beautiful and I will rock it for another event. And the younger me will be looking over my shoulder and saying you go girl!