16 of the Best Easter Dresses to Turn Heads In at Brunch
Easter is the perfect occasion to get all dolled up. Whether you're attending a bunny-themed brunch with the girls for or planning for an epic binge-watching sesh with the fam, a chic Easter dress will help you look—and feel—your best. Beyond choosing something that practically screams "spring," you'll want to look for a piece that won't make you sweat halfway through your meal, is modest enough for the events you've got lined up for the day and complements both your figure and skin tone. And it just so happens to be your lucky day, because we've already scoured the web to find a selection of the very best Easter dresses that will check all of your boxes, regardless of your body type, age, location or style.
Where to Buy Easter Dresses
You can find Easter dresses at most retailers with large dress selections, be they designer or discount, including LK Bennett, J. Crew, Reformation and more. You can also look at specialty stores (think wedding dress boutiques, like BHDLN), for occasion dresses, depending on your plans—you may want to go this route if you're attending a formal gathering, for instance, for which you want to dress things up a bit.
How to Dress for Easter
If you've got a service to attend, you probably won't want to wear anything that's too low-cut or too short. That's also true if you live somewhere that's still chilly in April, since a longer dress that reaches your ankles will help keep you a bit warmer. Conversely, if you reside in a hot, humid area, consider a looser-fitting frock that's made with a thinner, more breathable fabric.
As for aesthetics, plaid or floral patterns and pastels in shades of pink (a jubilant hue for new beginnings) or purple, which is associated with Lent, are always a safe bet, while white—a color that symbolizes light and purity—will be an ideal pick for a more formal affair. Additional details, like smocked bodices or a bows at the neck and waist, will also be great choices for Easter, as they offer a sweet playfulness.
You can complement an Easter dress with subtle, minimalistic jewelry, like a simple necklace or a pair of stud earrings. Depending on the dress you choose, you may also opt for a cute belt, which can be a great way to emphasize the waist on frocks that flare out at the bottom. A scarf, pashmina, or cardigan can come in handy for both style and warmth as needed, and a wide-brimmed hat will protect you from the sun and make you look and feel like a star at an outdoor venture. Finally, look for some low, dainty shoes, like open-toed kitten heels (don't forget the pedicure!).
Check out 16 of our favorite dress options below.
The Best Easter Dresses at a Glance
- Best Overall Easter Dress: Grace Karin Tea Dress
- Best Midi Easter Dress: Lulus Terrace Views Dress
- Best Easter Maxi Dress: ETCYY Off-the-Shoulder Dress
- Best Smocked Easter Dress: J. Crew Smocked Dress
- Best Plus-Size Easter Dress: City Chic Lotus Dress
- Best Floral Easter Dress: Hill House Home Ellie Nap Dress
- Best Ruffle Dress: Kate Spade Flutter-Sleeve Dress
- Best Silk Dress: Joie Ora Dress
- Best Modest Easter Dress: LK Bennett Hendrick Dress
- Best Lace Easter Dress: ASTR Lace Dress
- Best Halter Dress: Karen Millen Organdie Dress
- Best Bodycon Dress: Reformation Ronan Dress
- Best Plaid Dress: Zesica Square-Neck Dress
- Most Trendy Easter Dress: Acacia Cleo Dress
- Best White Easter Dress: Reformation Tagliatelle Dress
- Best A-Line Dress: ECOWISH A-Line Dress
Want to look like a modern-day Audrey Hepburn? Say hello to this swanky little vintage-inspired number. Its A-line skirt will look good on just about any shape, though it's particularly flattering on those with pear body types, and the boat neckline will help to emphasize a small-to-medium bust and slender shoulders. There's a wide range of Easter-friendly colors and patterns to chose from (helllooo, polka dots), and the skinny belt that comes with select colors (including the pictured baby blue) is icing on the Easter cake.
Size range: XS to 24P
Hitting right at the mid-calf, this ruffled tiered frock will be plenty long enough for attending church with the kids. The ruffled sweetheart neckline and delicate shoulder ties are as sweet as they come, and the pretty-in-pink floral print and will stand out in your reels. Just note that the seamed bust works best for those with A to C cups, according to the brand, and the fitted hip means that those with fuller figures may want to size up.
Size range: XS to XL
Between the lightweight chiffon material and the pastel lilac hue, this tiered dress absolutely screams spring, making it a great option for Easter. The shoulder-baring neckline is flirty without being too over-the-top, and customers say it has just enough stretch for full free range of your arms but still stays in place where it's supposed to.
Size range: S to XL
With sizes that equate to a 12W (XXS) up to a 26W (XXL), this faux wrap dress is one that plus-size women can wear with confidence. It's got a removable tie belt that will help to cinch in the waist and a wrap silhouette that's specifically designed to flatter cures. Beyond the fit, it's got a pretty floral print that's nice enough to dress up with some jewelry and heels for your Easter activities, but also suitable for dressing down as a daytime frock once the holiday is over. It's also lined, so you won't even need to add a slip underneath.
Size range: XS to XXL Plus
Smocked dresses, which include fabric that's gathered to one-third of its width and then sewn over the gathering to allow it to stretch, are largely unstructured, meaning they're absolutely clutch when it comes to comfort. The elastic bodice of this one keeps it from looking like a shapeless tent, and the recycled construction (it's made from plastic bottles, fabric scraps and the like) mean it's an Earth-friendly choice.
Size range: XXS to 3X
Sitting a few inches below the knee (or above the ankle, depending on your height), this floral dress is saccharine, stylish and the ideal mate for your favorite pair of flats. The elastic smocking makes it maternity-friendly, but the feature that really seals the deal for us is the hidden side pockets (!). Combine it with a wide-brimmed hat, and you've got just the piece for an al fresco Easter brunch.
Size range: XS to XXL
Bold and bright, the stunning coral hue of this ensemble will turn heads in the best way possible. The ponte fabric, which is a mix of rayon, polyester and spandex, is known for being forgiving—not clingy—yet still appears perfectly tailored. What's more, you can machine wash it on a delicate cycle after your brunch date, no dry cleaning required.
Size range: 00 to 16
If you're the type who's constantly overheating, this dress will be your new go-to for any and all special occasions—not just Easter. It's made of 100 percent pure silk, which is a great material for breathability, as it acts as a natural thermal regulator. There's also a slit at the center that will provide a bit of added ventilation. (We're breathing a sigh of relief already.) Sure, you'll need to dry clean it, but we think the comfort it provides will make it well worth the extra effort.
Size range: XXS to XL
Coming from royal-favored brand LK Bennett (Kate Middleton basically serves as its poster girl), this dress may be on the conservative side, but it's still plenty Insta-worthy. Its striped green pattern was inspired by the gone-by era of the '60s, according to the company, and the slightly puffed sleeves help to balance out its flared skirt. There's also a decorative bow belt for an extra-lovely touch.
Size range: 1 to 16
10. ASTR Lace DressBest Lace Easter Dress
Lace always makes things a little more special, and this fit-and-flare gown, which features gorgeous floral embroidered lace, won't make you feel out of place at a fancy restaurant. The underlay ends at the upper thigh while the overlay extends down past your knees, giving you an elegant peekaboo effect. Note that it does run small, so customers recommend sizing up, though it does have adjustable straps.
Size range: XS to L
Size range: 2 to 12
Not into the loose, flowing fit of a smocked or tiered dress? No problem. This body-hugging Ronan piece will show off your figure in the most flattering way. The bodice is fitted, tucking your waist area in, while the skirt gets fuller at the bottom for comfortable movement. Better yet, the lace detailing at the hem puts an extra-pretty spin on this otherwise pure ivory gown.
Size range: 0 to 12
Ever heard the expression, "mad for plaid?" It exists for a reason, and if you ask us, the reason is this dress. Between its pastel pattern, which you can nab in eight different shades, and its loose, flowy fit, it's everything we want to be wearing for an Easter egg hunt this year.
Size range: S to XL
If you're OK with going a little shorter, this trendy pick will be right up your alley. It's made with 100 percent organic cotton from Indonesia, so it's nice and airy, and we love the longer puffed sleeves, which will keep your upper arms under wraps. The wrap silhouette is adjustable for a little extra breathing room, and there's a fetching keyhole back for intrigue.
Size range: XS to XL
White doesn't have to be boring, and this 100 percent linen design from Reformation is picture-proof. Dainty details, like the barely there scalloped trim, hook-and-eye corset bodice and the smocked back add intrigue, while the A-line skirt and midi length keep things largely conservative. It's also a sustainable choice, since it uses basically zero water as far as its production is concerned.
Size range: 0 to 12
With a skirt that's wider than its shoulders to form a triangle (sort of like a capital A—get it?), this is a classic design—it's been around since Christian Dior introduced a line bearing its name in 1955. ECOWISH offers a modern twist on the shape, however, with ruffled sleeves and a super-cinched, structured waistline. It comes in multiple spring shades, and shoppers say it "makes those curves pop." Just note that you may want to grab a slip for it, as the lighter colors can be a bit see-through.
Size range: S to XL