What Is A Modern Easter Dress?

Last updated on : April 08 2020

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What To Wear For Easter

We celebrate Easter 2020 on Sunday, April 12. 

Is it possible to give Easter a modern twist – why not? We're talking about dresses, of course. You can quickly add a contemporary touch to what you wear to brunches and services over the weekend celebrations. It just takes a little forethought. 

Easter Traditions

Easter is rooted in tradition. In 8 A.D., Christians began using the word "Easter" to describe the day that is a celebration of Jesus's Resurrection. The term comes from the word "Eastre," a Teutonic goddess of spring. Surprisingly, her symbol was an egg. (We aren't quite sure how the bunny got its role in all this though.)

Celebrators wore white robes symbolizing their new life in the week of their baptism and then new clothes after that. Their family and those attending the event would wear new clothes too, in support of their loved ones. 

As years have passed, traditions have sharpened and evolved. New clothing is still in; however, what that clothing looks like is open to full interpretation. 

In this article, we define what a Modern Easter Dress looks like and how to pull off sexy styles during conservative holidays.

Out with the Old, In with the New

Many traditional dress styles feature flares or puffs around the skirt area, and often in shades of yellow. Wearing dresses like this is a dilemma if they don't suit you. Being true to your style is more important than sticking to these potentially old styles. 

A good compromise is a short fitted dress with an A-line cut, reminiscent of the old-style puff. The one below works well in an innocent white for a modern (and head-turning) Easter look.

white flared bandage dress

In making your choices, consider dresses that are versatile and flattering to your body type.

From putting on a figure-hugging bandage dress to choosing colors that pop, here are some Easter Sunday style ideas to try this year.

Bandage Dresses

There is nothing wrong with wearing tight-fitted styles to brunch on the day. Just make sure your outfit is not too revealing for the family get-together. 

One of the best ways to achieve this balance is to opt for a flattering bandage dress in a soothing hue. Relaxed and soft colors help you stick to the holiday theme and to hold your own in the sea of puffy dresses, dainty clutches, and straw hats. 

To keep things trendy, go for versions with an extended hemline and sleeves. Here are a few styles that bring a modern flair to your celebrations.


Our Choker Midi Bandage Dress (above) combines classic elegance and contemporary style. This midi bandage dress ticks all the right boxes for a beautiful yet modest Easter brunch look.

The mid-leg length and choker neck keep things appropriate for family outings. The figure-hugging silhouette and sleeveless style offer in just the right amount of sex appeal. The nude pink hue complements most skin tones and is the perfect backdrop for pearls or gold jewelry.

Pair this lovely dress with heels, beautiful dangly earrings, and a stylish clutch, and you have a style that is both trendy and appropriate for the day. If you are planning to attend church and want a bit more coverage, carry a stylish throw or light jacket to cover your shoulders during the services.

long sleeve mesh bandage dress

Try our Long Sleeve Mesh Bandage Dress (above). If you don't want to go sleeveless on the day but want sexy allure, this dress works for you. 

It features a midi hemline and Easter-inspired pink hue that screams lady power with its long fitted sleeves and form-flattering pencil skirt. There is some sexy skin exposure as the bodice is revealing. However, it is beautifully acceptable at the right lunchtime or evening occasion.

The anti-wrinkle, thick stretchy fabric keeps you looking your radiant best throughout the day and supports your body for comfortable wearability. Keep your accessories simple and hair left open for a soft and feminine style.

A note on figure-hugging dresses

Figure-hugging dresses might be the last dress you'd choose to wear on Easter Sunday. However, the right choice gives you style versatility that is sexy, conservative, and flattering.

There is a wide variety to choose from, so take your time to select a dress that matches your style and occasion.

And don't be too scared of color, this blue flared bandage dress (below) has you the center of attraction at an Easter event with friends, during daytime or partying away into the night.  

blue flared bandage dress on model

Style Insights For Easter Sunday

If You Want Traditional - Wear Sunshine Yellow

Fun, bright, and in keeping with the holiday, yellow is versatile enough to wear as a light summer dress. Or try yellow pants with a crisp white top. The advantage of yellow is that you can either go for a pastel look or go brighter if muted hues are not your thing. 

Ombre dresses in shades of yellow are unusual; they pack a punch and will make your Easter remarkable on the right occasion.

Ombre bandage dress in shades of yellow on model

If you cannot stay away from puffy, we suggest going for a girly, flared yellow skirt with a well-fitted crop top to get the best of both styles. A sling bag and a fitted blazer complete the look. Pair with pumps, strappy heels, or even flats.

Twirl In Skirts

For those who love bandage dresses but prefer a separate top-and-skirt ensemble, go for a fitted pencil bandage skirt that falls below the knee, and a blouse. 

These skirts, preferably in a dark color, give you a shapely form, while a chic blouse in a pastel shade brings in the festive touch. High-heeled pumps and hair in a bun allow you to go from meeting coworkers to other celebration events.

Harness Flower Power

Floral prints on spring dresses are classic, timeless, and feminine. A maxi floral dress is just the style to wear to a barbecue at the beach with your family. 

Pair a floral-patterned top with bottoms in a solid tone for a classy, slimming look. Don't forget your sunglasses, ballerina flats, and elegant accessories to complete your chic Sunday attire. Another way of incorporating floral patterns into your Easter look is to pair a floral jacket with a solid, soft-hued outfit.

Choose Trendy Chic

If you're hitting the latest upscale eatery for brunch with your girl-friends, add a contemporary twist to your outfit. Choose a knee-length pleated skirt in a neon shade for a pop of color. Team it with a pastel-colored collared blouse in a simple, straight cut to achieve the right balance. A single-toned sling bag, white loafers, and tortoise-rimmed sunglasses give you a laid-back yet striking look for your outing.

Accessorize Smart

Accessories play a prominent role in completing any look. So spend a little time choosing the right ones. Consider these tips.

  • If you are wearing a pastel, Easter egg-inspired colors, it's easy to add accessories. These shades serve as the ideal background. However, don't go overboard. Stick with small, dainty pieces that add a touch of sophistication to your look while ensuring you are ready for church services.
  • Add a fun element that instantly attracts the eye to balance an everyday outfit. For example, a pair of leopard print heels with a simple dress in a muted tone adds a dash of style without being too loud or bold.
  • You can never go wrong with beige accessories when aiming for a modest, elegant look. Beige heels and a clutch add the right details to pastel dresses in shades like lavender or yellow.
  • Remember to pick your clothes and footwear according to the type of event you are attending. An outdoor party will soon get warm. Choose light, comfortable fabrics, and flat shoes for the egg hunt that won't leave you sweaty and tired with sore feet.


We encourage dressing in traditionally-worn outfits and colors for the big Sunday brunch.

However, if you want something beyond the frilly and pink, there are several ways to look stylish in form-fitting dresses. 

Take your cue from the dress options above and create a personal look to make heads turn.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is A Modern Easter Dress?

A modern Easter Dress is open to interpretation. While you adhere to tradition and the right amount of conservatism – you can style your outfit for the occasion. There is no definitive answer. Research suggests that a modern dress is an up-to-date or refreshed version of an old classic. You don't need to wear the same dress you wore last year, but you (with the help of a seamstress or a designer) can improve or modernize the dress.

Can I Dress Up For The Easter Sunday Celebration?

Yes – dress up for Easter Sunday. It is a religious holiday, so it would be wise to wear your Sunday best, especially if you attend a church service or a formal gathering. A new formal white dress is generally the preferred option because many people get baptized on Easter Sunday. Gold is also worn. Most people will go out and buy new clothes as it is a superstition to wear new threads. This is seen as a good omen and will bring you good luck.

What Color Should I Wear On Easter Sunday? 

A neutral color. Nothing too bold. As it is a religious holiday – women tend to wear white or gold dresses. Some might even opt for religious attire in yellow, pink, purple, green, and orange. Pastel Colours are also generally worn. Black is deemed inappropriate for an Easter Sunday celebration - so avoid it. Wear the color red on the 50th day after Easter as it symbolizes the blood of Christ.

Can I Wear A White Dress For Easter?

Yes! You can wear a white dress on Easter Sunday. As we mentioned above - A white or gold dress is the preferred option as they symbolize purity.

Can I Wear Sexy Dress To Easter?

A lady should wear a modest dress or form-fitting dress to the Easter Sunday celebration. For such an occasion, maybe avoid wearing that flashy bandage or bodycon dress. A far more cautious approach is essential at a family gathering - especially during/over such a celebrated and religious occasion. The dress should fall just below the knee and should cover the shoulders. If you show your shoulders off, then you should wear a scarf or cape over your shoulders. It is improper to go into a Church, or House of God with bare or reveal one's shoulders. You should also opt for a conservative A-line neckline. 

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