Easter Dresses & The Slobbing of America

Here Comes Peter Cottontail

Easter is just around the corner. Easter brings to mind dying eggs, the old hymn – He Lives, pretty pastel  Easter dresses and of course, hollow chocolate bunnies. Yes, I like hollow bunnies. Crisp and cold, straight from the fridge. The Easter bunny better not even think about bringing me a solid bunny.

Curvy Fashion / Plus Size Fashion / Plus Sized Floral Skirt

Skirt (here) Blouse (here) Clutch (here) Shoes (similar)

Dresses Make Me Happy

But I digress. Let’s talk about pretty Easter dresses. Honestly, I love pretty dresses. Period.  But there’s something about a dress in beautiful pastels and a feminine detail that says , “Spring“.  Be it a bit of lace, a ruffle, flowing fabric or a floral print, the right dress can make me feel extra pretty and take me back to being a little girl hunting for eggs in all my Easter finery. But I draw the line at white shoes.  I have some crazy mental block about them being for old ladies or little girls …. But they look good on you! 😉

A pale hued spring dress also whisks me back to  kindergarten, sitting with my class in a  story circle after snack time. The skirt of my beautiful pale pink dotted-swiss, drop waist dress, that my mom had made spread out around me on the floor in dramatic fashion.  And then being too shy to tell the teacher that the kid who just vomited up his 10 rice pudding snacks (“Gregory will eat yours if you don’t like it.”) spewed on the back of the beautiful dress that had laid on the floor in front of him. Mrs. Dunston was most likely too busy to notice the other casualty in the class, with all the chaos in a class full of Littles when one of them upset the apple cart big time!  FYI – A moderate length bus ride home becomes infinite to a 5 year old (or probably anyone) with stinky puke on the back of her dress. 

Sorry for all the rabbit trails in this post today. Rabbit trail – Easter Bunny. Get it? 😉

Pastels Made Me Do It

Pretty pastels just happen to be the theme for this month’s Ageless Style Linkup. The lovely bloggers in this group have invited me to join their party. If you’d like to catch more pastel fashion inspiration join in by scrolling on down and visiting their blogs.  I wonder if they’re talking about Easter dresses too? Go find out!

The Skirt

When I saw this pretty  Lane Bryant ensemble on a fellow blogger, I knew I had to at least give it a try-on. I know it’s not technically a dress. But with the beautiful color and feminine styling I can’t help but call it an Easter dress. It’s close enough!

Plus Sized Fashion / Plus Size Pencil Skirt / Curvy Women

The Infinite Stretch in this skirt (here) is a necessity when skipping over horse turds in the middle of the street in Amish town.

This skirt runs really small in the waist. There is a good deal of stretch in the Infinite Stretch™ fabric technology, while still having structure. Nice if you need to hop over horse poop in the street. But the waist itself has less give and so I’m wearing it in a size or two larger than normal. (see notes below for sizing) However, even without Spanx, the fabric and pattern hide most of the uneven terrain concealed beneath. Bonus!

Curvy girls listen up. Do NOT be afraid of a pencil skirt. It can actually be your curves best friend or lover if you will. All the “hugging” going on shouldn’t be obscene though. Keep it family friendly by choosing fabrics that have a bit of stretch to them and throw out your aversion to going up in size. Getting the right fit in all your clothes is important to feeling and looking good. It would be better to have a small alteration made than to throw out this style altogether.

Curvy Fashion / Plus Size Fashion / Plus Sized Sring Fashion / Lane Bryant Fashion

The truth behind the illusion of a good camera angle is that I’m extra curvy from the side.

The Blouse

The bell sleeve blouse is a beautiful light blue, but I’m on the fence about it. It’s a bit large on my shoulders and keeps shifting. This particular bell sleeve is actually called a “kimono sleeve” and  is not slimming in the least.  It would be much more flattering on someone with a smaller chest or a smaller waist. But talk about feminine! This beautiful blouse has “girly” written all over it!

This blouse is gorgeous and oh so comfortable! Wearing a 14/16

Links & Sizing

(measurements are mine own, not the garment)

  • Skirt (here)   Lane Bryant, wearing size 18 (hip measures 50″ / Waist 38″)
  • Blouse (here)  Lane Bryant, wearing size 14/16 (bust measures 44″)
  • Pumps (similar) Sam Edelman
  • Clutch (here) Stella & Dot

Dressing Up – A Soapbox

This may come as a shock for those of you regularly scrolling fashion feeds and only see the “BEST OF” from people who get their kicks and giggles from being coiffed and stylish. But, not everybody is embracing fine fashion. Or even event “appropriate” attire. Gasp!

Have any of you noticed the trend toward casual in every aspect of our lives, including fashion?  As a woman who could live in sweats or pajamas, I’m not hating it. Although I must admit that the recent cultural slide into what has been called “The Slobbing of America” makes me a little sad.  While I don’t want to bring back dressing to the nines for air travel or going to the doctor, I’d like to walk into a church or even a school and see more people putting a better effort toward looking like they give a rip about where they are.


Dressing well or “dressing up” as I grew up calling it, isn’t about showing off or spending a lot of money. In my mind, it isn’t even about making a fashion statement. It’s about showing a level of respect that is appropriate for the place or person we are visiting.

We dress according to a code, whether strict or not, at our place of employment. But when someone suggests that we maybe shouldn’t wear athletic shorts (true story) to Sunday services, we take the view  that it’s the  religious establishment that’s  pious and judgmental. We certainly don’t want to see that WE might like to show more respect for a place we call The House of God whether we worship in a cathedral or store front.

And what ever happened to the differentiation in school clothes AND play clothes? I might be dating myself, but I remember having both. This wasn’t just for the rich and famous either. Even those of us who grew up in a mobile home and were poor enough to go to Head Start (a preschool program for the less fortunate) saved their nicer clothes for school and the worn out items became our play clothes.

I’m not suggesting that we wear stiff uncomfortable clothes, because who wants that? But teaching our children that you can save those midriff baring tops and hoochi shorts for a family cookout is part of instructing them in the lost art of etiquette.

Knowing how to appropriately dress for specific situations is like knowing what fork to use at a fancy restaurant.

Excuse me while I climb down off this soapbox.

Curvy Fashion / Over 50 Fashion / Plus Sized Fashion / Pencil Skirt

If you’re still with me through my rant and you are looking for a pretty spring dress for Easter or some other event, her are some styles to check out. Or you can just nibble on some bunny ears in your sweat pants. That’s what I might be doing. 😉

Hoppy Shopping


Keep Scrolling down for more style inspiration from these beauties:

Ageless Style Linkup / Ageless Fashion Bloggers / Must Follow Fashion Bloggers



Ana ~ Mrs. American Made blog, bloglovin, instagram, pinterest, twitter, facebook

Daenel ~ Living outside the stacks blog, instagram, pinterest, twitter

Debbie ~ Fashion Fairy Dust bloglovin, instagram, pinterest, facebook, twitter

Diane ~ Fashion on the 4th floor blog, twitter, facebook, instagram, bloglovin

Jennie ~ A Pocketful of Polka Dots blog, instagram, twitter, bloglovin

Jill ~ Doused in Pink blog, pinterest, facebook, instagram, twitter, bloglovin

Nicole ~ High Latitude Style blog, pinterest, twitter,facebook, google, instagram

Paula ~ Dimples on my What blog, facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, twitter

Shelly ~ The Queen in Between blog, instagram, bloglovin, Pinterest, facebook

Yvonne ~ Funky Forty blog, twitter, facebook.com, bloglovin, instagram, pinterest

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  1. /

    This is such a gorgeous look! I love the print of your skirt and the sleeves on that blouse!

    Doused In Pink

  2. Yes! Yes! Yes! I miss the days when people dressed up to go places. I mean, I’m all for comfort, but that doesn’t mean sloppy.

    Love your outfit. I honestly thought it was a dress when I first saw it. The color is beautiful on you.

    Last, welcome to the linkup. I’m so happy to have you with us.

  3. Oh, but you look gorgeous! You shouldn’t be on the fence about that top…it looks fabulous on you! And I could not agree with you more in regard to the slobbing of America. Yes, casual is my calling card, BUT I like to think that I always at least look put together. I have ranted many a time about the nonchalance with which people stroll through Walmart (and just about anywhere really) wearing pajamas…seriously, what is that all about?! And this has nothing to do with my age, but the way many of the kids (girls especially) show up dressed for school is mind boggling. I think it was Marc Jacobs that said, “Being well dressed is a form of respect”…that could not be more accurate!

    • Marian Flaus

      I’m on your side. I’m disgusted with how little regard people have for their appearance.

      • Paula

        Yes! I’m certainly not beyond heading out in my cozies and without makeup, but seriously, let’s consider where we are going and dress appropriate for the place.


  4. Cathryn Harjung

    You look absolutely fabulous in this outfit. Just incredible. The cut of the skirt and the blouse are flattering, and you look polished and sophisticated.

    I agree completely with your comments regarding “The Slobbing of America” . While I adore and embrace a casual look, I do feel that some folks take casual to a needless level. Like wearing pajamas in the supermarket. It boggles my mind.

    • Paula

      It is boggling Cathryn. But just in case you see me in the McDonald’s drive thru late at night don’t look in the window…. you might see my pj”s.

  5. Mary

    Great post Paula! I totally agree! I don’t anyone could have said it better about our appearance and dress.
    You also got me thinking of those Log Cabin chocolate bunnies we used to get!
    ….AND….you look lovely! Beautiful outfit!

  6. /

    Visiting from the link-up and I love, love this outfit on you. Will be back to read more. . .

    • Paula

      Thank you Neti. I’m new to the link-up and am still learning the ropes. Glad you stopped by.

    • Paula

      Thank you for including me in your post! What an HONOR!

  7. Marian Flaus

    Oh. My. Gosh. The Slobbing of America….you said it perfectly. I’m sick of seeing people in dress-up venues (church, the theater, restaurants) looking like they just rolled out of bed. Have some self respect. I had so many arguments with my children about school clothes and play clothes. As adults, they know better now than to show up at my home or to go out with me in sloppy clothes. I’m on the soapbox with you.

    • Paula

      Preach! 👏 Let’s not even start on the over use of leggings!


  8. Marian Flaus

    I’m on your side. I’m disgusted with how little regard people have for their appearance.

    • Paula

      Oh yes. Some also put great pride in their appearance but I feel they choose inappropriate styles for certain events…leggings to church, etc.

      Oh, and sorry for my delayed response. I think I respond and then find the comments buried.

      Have a great day!

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