17 Easter Looks That Aren't Just Pastels

Of course, we love pastels — who doesn't? But in a sea of pale spring hues, sometimes you're just aching to bust out of the subdued and make a bolder statement. The challenge is that Easter has particular nuances requiring some strategic planning. For example, a stiletto heel might make an outfit pop, but during that easter egg hunt? Well, you're more likely to flop.

More so than most holidays, creating an Easter look involves careful consideration of the holiday agenda. For those attending church, modesty is often a consideration — even if it's just a temporary cardigan over a more skin-bearing look. From there, your outfit must work for family activities, brunch, or outdoor events. With all of this in mind, your choice of color is one way to create a standout look, regardless of the day's schedule. So, in an effort to add a little egg-stra pop of color to the day, we've curated a collection of unique Easter looks that don't rely solely on pastels.

Everything's coming up daisies

What's not to love? This flowery Easter look is giving spring breezes and hand-picked bouquets. The intricate embroidery adds elegance, and the see-through half-sleeves are just a bonus. And that level of detail in the fabric means you can keep the accessories to a minimum. Perhaps the best part is that this set would pair well with anything from a sweet gladiator sandal to a cute wedge — or even a crisp white pair of Vans or Converse.

Purple metallic pants add a little Easter dazzle

Of course, we love a sweet spring gingham print, but these lavender metallic joggers are channeling some serious Easter brunch vibes and offer a more elevated take on a simple pastel look. These pants give an understated elegance when paired with a silky, sheer-sleeve blouse. Take some style cues from @nikkiuberoi and opt for spring glam with a clean makeup look, finished with rosy lipstick. Take it to the next level by matching the nude heels and handbag — allowing the metallic pants to be the star of the show.

Mixed bright plaids and dainty details

This is the look if you want to shake things up this Easter. A far cry from the simple, muted shades often associated with spring styles, this outfit is spring personified. We are just over the moon for the mixed plaids, and — yes, honey! — that asymmetrical ruching. All in all, this look is super feminine and springy, and the barely above-the-knee cut is still modest enough for church. But the icing on the (carrot) cake are the complementary orange details; the gladiator sandals and itty-bitty handbag make for a special holiday look.

Add a burst of red poppy hues to your Easter look

Holy, sweetness! This bright red dress delivers joy and radiance, and digital creator Angel Edme is (obviously) our new spring muse. And we're not alone; the Instagram-verse chimed in with all the love. One person said, "Yessssss! This is giving me alll the Spring vibes😍 and this color is perfect on her." The flutter sleeves and maxi length give this Rebdolls Aya maxi dress a flowy look, further complemented by a plunging neckline. No harsh angles here, folks — just easy, breezy springtime vibes.

Swap the usual spring gingham for a houndstooth print

A little houndstooth is as critical to your wardrobe as a little black dress. Case in point, this sleeveless dress easily morphs from work wear to elevated just by switching up the blouse. Here, the sweet bow-collar neckline and bright red nails help transform the look from casual to chic. But it's the overall minimalist style that we love most about this Easter look — so feminine. It's ready for everything from Easter egg hunts to long road trips to visit family.

Looking for springtime fresh? Add some fuchsia

You know that moment when the tulips burst open at the beginning of spring? Well, the folks at @adelineboutique captured that beauty in the first look they featured in this TikTok video. The lines are sharp and precise — an unadorned white crop top and a bright fuchsia skirt. The simplicity of the look is void of distractions, which is a surefire way to make an entrance at Easter brunch. Add a pink earring and a cute clutch, and cue the mimosas.

It's okay to steal the spotlight

Listen, just between us — don't you think the Easter bunny gets enough attention? It's about time he shares the spotlight a bit, and a boldly patterned dress will ensure you get your time to shine. The dramatic azure and white print of this dress from Resa has elements of zebra stripes and little winks of geometric shapes. If you've ever laid in the fresh spring grass and looked for shapes in the clouds, this dress delivers that vibe. It's a cute option for any indoor or outdoor Easter invite.

Pick one accent color and go all in

There's one tip, in particular, to remember when you rock a fit with a bold, colorful pattern. Choose one of the many colors, and use that as your makeup and accessories theme. TikTok influencer @theessenceofjoy is causally putting on a masterclass like she's not the GOAT (but she totally is). She selected the pale aquamarine hue from her Shein dress and played up that hue in her earrings and eye shadow, and it's just the right amount of Easter joush.

Go for a monochromatic moment

Well, this look goes beyond vanilla girl right into monochromatic hot momma territory. Everything about this style is giving sweet Easter Sunday vibes. And there's a lot of texture here, which adds to the look's coziness. For example, the ribbed sweater is slightly chunky and pairs well with the simple, elastic waist linen skirt. But to finish it off just right, the low, loose ponytail is key. Leaving out a face-framing tendril and tying it up with a lovely little scarf gives the pony a demure look that brings the whole look together. 

Heading to church? Make an entrance

Generally speaking, church attire skews pretty modest. It's not uncommon to see church wardrobe roundups from Cosmopolitan and other fashion-focused experts featuring outfits showing less skin paired with flats or a low heel. That said, it's still okay to look oh-so-good. Case in point, these gorgeous dark emerald options. Monochromatic styles are suddenly quite dramatic, with a dark color choice. The long dress — a maxi sheath — has a pee-a-boo lace skirt, but only from the mid-though down. So, it's guaranteed to turn heads at church — in the best possible way.

Choose a not so mellow yellow

Peep marshmallow treat lovers unite! Okay, here's the plan: eat Peeps, debate whether or not Peeps are yum or yuck, and then channel all that intense Peep-pow into your Easter look. Not only is this monochromatic style a sassy bit of citron appeal, but it's unapologetically spring. The oversized blazer and asymmetric handbag ensure it's on-trend. And then that hint of rhinestone on the heel says, "it's Easter brunch, baby; bring on the prosecco."

The romanticism of a spring bouquet

We weren't ready for it, to be honest, but this red calla lily-themed dress has us swooning. It's all about those romance and spring bouquet vibes, and we love the long sleeve option for a breezier Easter outing. Plus, this Ted Baker dress is ultra-flattering with its use of intricate pleat-work. Like a busy pattern, these contrasting pleats are perfect for directing the eye from one viewpoint to the next. So, it's ideal if you're looking to draw people's gaze to your next-level makeup moment.

Because matching family outfits are always cute

If you need a little nudge to embrace the evergreen cuteness of matching family outfits, Easter is your time to shine. These family-friendly wardrobe pieces are from the Gymboree x Mandy Moore Collection, featuring plaids, florals, solids, and even carrot-inspired dress shirts. But we love this bold blue hue, which can also be worn year-round. We're going out on a limb here, but a large family's parents might appreciate this fashion investment's longevity. The coordinating pieces are perfect for family Easter portraits, church, or general holiday shenanigans.

Looking for a last-minute Easter outfit?

Raise your hand if Easter just sneaks up on you each year, and you scramble to create a cute look. Well, you're not alone. But more importantly, here's a suggestion for the best last-minute Easter dresses from TikTok influencer @_ohheyitsjess. The deep blue color is beautiful with every skin tone, and its elastic waist and shoulder seams mean it's an easier fit than most. This dress is a sure thing when there's no time for returns or exchanges. Add a woven handbag, and you're good to go.

Head to toe floral flow

Give your Easter look a little depth with rich blues and earthy greens, like this flowy floral dress. At a quick glance, it's beautiful — no argument there. However, this look is also the ultimate Easter egg hunt style, so let's break it down. First, the ruched bodice ensures full coverage — even when bending over to collect eggs hiding in the shrubs. The fluttery sleeves are unrestricted, and the Stegmann clogs are definitely comfy enough for all that running around. All in all, this is the ultimate egg hunt fit.

Hop to it and get these mommy and me jumpsuits

In the delightful but dizzying swirl of Easter dresses, don't forget your good ol' friend — the jumpsuit. TikTok user @thehighlowfashionista put pastels on pause, so she and her daughter could rock a bold green jumpsuit look from Lily Pulitzer. They're all the proof you need that a jumpsuit is where it's at for an Easter celebration that involves more than sipping tea. If you want to make a run for Easter eggs, play yard games, or dance (heck, ya!), consider a jumpsuit.

When Peter Rabbit leaves snow prints -- this is your go-to dress

The reality is Easter's not always warm breezes and endless sunshine. Sometimes Mother Nature serves up a chilly rain — or worse — a bit of frost. Be ready for whatever the forecast offers up with this half-sleeve magical Velveteen Rabbit-inspired look. The velvet fabric keeps the chill at bay, while the deep teal color gives low-key royal vibes. Pair it with a neutral bootie-style shoe and an oversized cardigan for added coziness.