When I was growing up in Atlanta in the ’70s and ’80s, having a fancy Easter outfit for church was very important. You often had gloves, white patent shoes and little patent purses to accompany a fancy dress. My mother still has all my Easter dresses hanging in my childhood closet. You can tick them off year by year.
I know women my age whose mothers toiled for months hand-smocking Easter dresses for their little girls. I don’t know any friends doing that today.
I do want my children to look nice on Easter Sunday, and it is fun to get a special dress for the occasion. However, my girls pretty much need to be able to wear the dress for the rest of the spring and summer. I’m not going to buy a dress so frilly and uncomfortable that they wouldn’t want to wear it to church each week.
Last year I bought the girls matching floral Hanna Andersson dresses.
This year we hunted at a bunch of stores but didn’t find anything we loved. Finally my mom came across bright floral sundresses with reds, pinks and oranges in both girls’ sizes.
I don’t feel as strongly about Walsh having something new, and he may re-wear his adorable orange checked dress shirt and blue sweater vest from last year.
Is it important to you to have your kids wear fancy dress outfits for Easter? What do you like to accessorize with – hats, gloves, purses? Does it matter as much for little boys as little girls?