What to Wear to Church on Easter Sunday—and What Not to Wear

Here's how to dress your Sunday best.

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So, you've readied your Easter baskets and sent the invitations to your Easter egg hunt. Now, what are you going to wear on Easter Sunday? Whether you're attending church or an Easter party, you'll want to dress for the occasion. That traditionally means a slightly less casual look complete with cheery colors and patterns that signal spring.

The dress code for an Easter brunch or gathering may vary—but typically shoot for something a bit more formal than your everyday attire (it is a celebration, after all!).

What to Wear to Church on Easter Sunday

Attending a religious service and don't know what to wear? "This really depends on your church and your community," Lizzie Post, author and etiquette expert for (not to mention great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post herself) tells CountryLiving.com. "Church used to be a place that had stricter standards for clothing and attire. Now, I think most churches are trying to be more encouraging and prioritizing participation over attire."

Still, Post notes, "As a general rule, people usually try to dress up for religious services. … For the most part, people are looking to avoid jeans and t-shirts and go a step up from that, whether that's khakis and a polo shirt, a really nice dress—it kind of varies by community and service."

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Easter Sunday Attire for Women

"Dresses are an easy go-to," says Mary Krosnjar of and Ambassador. "Not only that, they are a safe option that can be personalized. This season I am loving dresses in bright colors, beautiful prints, and delicate laces."

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Easter Sunday Attire for Men

"Men should consider wearing a light-colored suit and experiment with fun shirt and tie combos that embrace the spring weather!" Krosnjar recommends. "Consider a crisp pastel shirt with a bold striped tie—maybe even something that matches with your family." A colorful watch and stylish shoes can also dress up your Easter look.

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Easter Sunday Attire for Girls

"For church, consider a fun dress with volume, playful prints, and detailing made with luxe fabrics," Krosnjar says. On the other hand, Easter parties might differ slightly: "Put your child in a more moveable fabric, something for running around and Easter egg hunting."

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Easter Sunday Attire for Boys

Swap your son's jeans for dress pants—perhaps paired with a breathable button-down in a springy gingham print.

What Not to Wear to Church on Easter Sunday

Again, this really depends on your church, Post reiterates, and many religious communities will take you just as you are, but as a general rule, avoid:

Overly casual outfits. "Especially on holidays, I tend to avoid dressing in my weekend casual style because we can do that any day!" Krosnjar says. "Trade in your jeans for a pair of flowy dress pants or a pleated skirt—both have really fun movement for the season and are still comfortable."

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Anything with holes. "I wouldn't wear anything tattered or things with holes," Post says, noting that jeans and t-shirts were also off-limits for Easter when she was a kid.

Distracting attire. "Distraction could be anything from a shirt that has a ton of writing on it to something that's provocative, or even just something that's loud in color or bangles that make a lot of noise," Post explains. "There are lots of ways for clothing to be distracting other than provocative."

Uncomfortable clothing. Skip ensembles that are too tight, shoes that pinch, or materials that are too scratchy—they'll only detract from your enjoyment of the Easter holiday. You'll thank us later!

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