Easter Flower Power
Just came back from a wonderful 14 day vacation in Southeast Asia, in time to enjoy Easter weekend in NYC. I have always had fond memories of this weekend; church service on Sunday packed to capacity, amazing new dresses, elaborate hats, flawless makeup, laughter, and hanging with friends and family. As I got older, in HS we would hurry home to attend the car show in your best outfit. Nowadays I'm thinking about brunch to conclude the weekend festive.
For those who will attend church services, a transitional dress perfect for morning prayer to afternoon is key. Those not Christian, I say use the predicted 81* weather as a sign that Spring is here to stay and it's a great weekend to enjoy the outside air.
Florals are blooming this season, literally on pants, dresses, and skirts everywhere I turn. Easter is a great time to bring this trend to life in your own personal way. The top floral prints I say to go for are:
- Bold Blooms
Dresses in floral patterns tend to work better for a variety of body types over separates. Go for sleeves with flutter, cutout, balloon or ruffle shapes. For those that like to bare your shoulders, a structured strapless dress would be great.
I personally prefer a floral dress with big blooms and embroidery. It makes the flowers almost come to life on the clothing.
I first saw this Zimmermann dress on their Fall 17' Runway and fell in love, then once I saw Hannah Bronfman wear it my obsession to find it or a similar style heightened. The Black Master Ruffle-trimmed Embroidered dress $1900 price tag was a big deterrent, but I went on a Fashion Sherlock spree to find it on sale, clearance, or gently used. The last markdown I found was at Matchesfashion.com for $900 (still too steep for me). However a few weeks later; JACKPOT! I scored the dress brand new with Net-A-Porter tags on Poshmark for under $300. It took patience and some negotiations, but well worth it.
I contrasted the stark black/white dress with colorful accessories and shoes. Then added a hint of girly playfulness with the Wolford sheer socks.
Zimmermann Master Ruffle-trimmed Embroidered Dress, Retail $1900 ( $275 from PoshMark)
Lanvin Mai Tai Flower-Front Satin Clutch Bag, Retail $1390 ( $32 !! from Century21 Dept Stores)
Wolford Dari Sheer Insert Socks, Retail $29 ($8 from 260Sample Sale)
Marco De Vincenzo Velvet high-heel sandals, Retail $1070 ( $399 bridal shoes)
J.W. Anderson Sphere Drop Earrings, $440 ( $75 Sample sale find)
Eddie Borgo bracelets, $375 + $425 ( $5 !! from sample sale damage bins)
BTW: Nordstrom Rack: Clear the Rack Event is happening through April 16, where you receive an extra 25% off clearance prices. However, clearance dresses in-store are actually 50% off! I recommend visiting to find your new Flower Power dress. Below are a few dresses you may want to consider in your search.
the Fashion Sherlock