Trendy outfit ideas for Easter 2016

Learn whats in and what's out to look your best on Easter 2016!

Learn whats in and what’s out to look your best on Easter 2016!

During the countdown to Easter weekend, it’s easy to imagine yourself basking lazily in the sun and observing as children romp through a yard of vibrant green grass and colorful blooms to hunt eggs. Spring – especially Easter weekend – is the perfect time to revitalize your family’s “Sunday best” style. Between attending church services, brunches, and egg-hunting extravaganzas, it’s worth the extra effort to find just the right outfit for you and your family members. (With the exception of those who have been mandated to don a bunny costume!) Are you ready to renew your style and take Easter to the next level? If your answer is “yes,” then vow to skip the uncomfortable frocks, and instead, follow our guide for fabulous, stylish ensembles for your entire family.

Along with the new season comes a kaleidoscope of trendy spring colors; among them are poppy red, buttery yellow, vibrant meadow green, rose quartz, antique cream, and grey lilac. According to the leading international color source, Pantone, these popular hues were inspired by both famous art pieces (think Mattise and Picasso) and also Latin American culture. Gender-neutral colors graced the runway during Fashion Week, and the colors will have likely trickled down into mainstream fashion by the time spring blooms begin to appear. Although we depend heavily on the fashion industry pros to keep the color wheel rotating each year, it’s likely that you have a few of these hues hanging in your closet already. Luckily, this year’s medley of colors can also be worn easily through summer and early fall, and complement almost any skin tone.

As for style trends, an assortment of interesting cuts and fabrics has been served up for spring and summer. When shopping for an all-in-one dress, search for a feminine silhouette with soft ruffles or scalloped edging in either a rose pink or antique cream color.

If you are most comfortable donning a long maxi dress, look for a sleeveless number in a bright hue like green or blue with knife-pleats cascading from the neckline.

The perfect outfit for a spring gala is a sophisticated, floor-length, cutout shoulder dress in an apricot or chartreuse color. When adding accessories and shoes, look for embellished half-moon bags, colorful clutches, graphic statement earrings, and boudoir-inspired slip-on mules.

For the husband and kiddos: show off your style know-how by choosing outfits in complementary color sets. For example, a man or teen boy might wear a large-scale plaid button-up shirt (in lieu of pastel gingham), a coordinating solid tie, and a casual blazer. Balance the outfit out with tailored pants and brown wayfarers. For more casual affairs that don’t require stuffy suiting, suggest that your hubby wear a lightweight pale-blue denim button-up, grey or navy trousers, and trendy camel oxfords. Add some flair to the ensemble by incorporating either a tie or vest.

Babies, young girls, and teen girls: will have just as many style options this spring as women. Forget the pastels this year, and bring the girls’ style up to speed by creating outfits based around bright and bold colors, as well as fun floral patterns or stripes. Frilly dresses will always be adorable for the youngsters; however, the traditional ruffle dress can be modernized by incorporating vibrant colors and interesting outfit combinations. For example, a young girl attending an Easter egg hunt might wear a ruffled, mini-floral patterned skirt paired with a navy-and-white thin-striped tee, a denim jacket, and ballet flats. For teen girls, create a cute-yet-sophisticated look by pairing an oxford button-up top with a paper-bag skirt, a thin metallic belt, matching accessories, and sandals.

Even though Easter only lasts one day, it’s possible to reuse your outfits again and again in the months to come. When you are out shopping, look for standout pieces that will make a statement for Easter, but also double as a closet staple for the upcoming summer months.

Kristin Hauch-Melton

Kristin Hauch-Melton is a writer and communications consultant. She earned a degree in Communications and Business from University of North Florida, serves on the board for the Fayette Chamber of Commerce and lives in Peachtree City with her husband, horse, and dog.