Spring outfit perfection is here! (And Easter/Passover ideas too)

Monday, March 27, 2017

The Clarbel Fit & Flare Dress ($429) is a beautiful, extra flattering Spring dress.

I'm glad there are still retailers out there who are catering to the feminine chic and updated classic aesthetics I adore. I've had a bunch of readers email me lately and ask if I have any Easter (or Passover) dress recommendations. The answer is YES!

For all your Spring holiday needs, for work or play or those days when you want to look and feel extra pretty, Ted Baker is here.

Inside, some of my current Ted Baker favorites plus sizing guidance and fit reviews...



The Sipnela A-Line Dress ($315) is another Easter possibility that would be more than just a one-time wear.

I love Ted Baker because they really know how to make dresses that hug and release in all the right spots. From skater dresses to midis, a-lines to sheaths, they consistently knock it out of the park! You'll find silk, cotton and wools as well as synthetics with this brand. Sometimes I prefer polys, for instance silk and sweat don't mix very well so for warmer weather I actually prefer my dresses to be breathable poly blends. Whatever your preference you're sure to find it here.

I look at Ted Baker's items as a long-term investment in quality. I'd much rather own one good dress that I love and treasure wearing each time than 15 so-so dresses that I struggle to style and sometimes feel frumpy in. If shopping is an investment in my happiness and feelings of beauty, then Ted Baker is the best investment you can make!

Want to shop Ted Baker right now? You can see all the Spring goodies here.

As far as sizing goes, Ted Baker uses Euro sizing from 0-5. Here are the Euro to USA equivalents: 0=00 US, 1=0-2 US, 2=4-6 US, 3=8-10 US, 4=12 US, 5=14. I take a 3 in the fit-and-flare dresses but usually need a 4 or 5 in the sheaths. In tops I'm consistently a 3, and in jackets as well.

So for the Clarbel Fit & Flare Dress ($429) topping this post, I'd take a 3. Same for the Sipnela A-Line Dress ($315), which is on its way to me right now!

Here are some more beautiful Ted Baker Spring dress options:
1 | I'm absolutely in love with the Monah Mixed Media Fit & Flare Dress ($429), an elegant and beautiful Spring frock that can be dressed up for events (I'd pair it with sparkly sandals!) or worn to work with pumps. I tried this dress on and it hits just below my knees. (I'm 5'8".) I took a size 3 in this dress.
2 | The Verony Eyelet Fit & Flare Dress ($295) is an updated classic with tons of styling potential! Its laser cut outs are sharp and modern, while the dress itself is crisp and classic. I love the navy color! This dress is a bit on the shorter side but fine for my relaxed, updated office environment. I tried on a 3 in this dress which fits perfectly.
3 | Lightweight and knit in a pretty pastel pink, the Relioa Metallic Jacquard Knit Dress ($279) would be great for everything preppy, from après-tennis to polo or horse shows. I also imagine wearing it on boat rides, walks and bike rides down the beach boardwalk, and picnics! This dress hugs the body a bit more than fit-and-flare styles and I found a 3 to be too tight around my hips. So it was up to a 4 I went for try-on.
4 | I started off this post with two amazing Easter or Passover dress options, and here's another one: the Dixa Layered Lace Skater Dress ($465). Really the only question is which color to get...? Although Easter is the first thing that comes to mind, this dress also has possibilities for events like weddings, garden or botanical garden parties, fancier brunches and the like. This would also make a great work function dress for my fashion clients' events. Because this dress is shorter, I found a 4 was better for me in try-ons to get some extra length on my tall frame.
5 | On the more conservative side, the Tiha Floral Print Sheath Dress ($295) is a sophisticated option that would be fantastic for work (so long as prints are a go at your office). Before my current job I worked at a very conservative office, and this dress would have been great for it -- especially with a cardigan over it. This dress is body-skimming and I needed more room for my hips, so it was all the way up to a 5 for me.

Need some budget-friendly options for Easter, Passover or Spring in general? Here's a big Spring Sale with lots of pretty dresses and other outfit items.


The Yvetta Fit & Flare Dress ($335) is a fun skater dress with a beautiful print.

I have not tried on these dresses, but I'm sure they too are wonderful!
6 | The Yvetta Fit & Flare Dress ($335) is one of many cute, modern chic skater dresses Ted Baker has this season. In the past when I've tried these on the 3 has fit well but been a bit short, so I often go up to the 4 for the extra half-inch of length. A few more dresses in this style I like are the Queset Skater Dress ($279), the Zaldana Print Fit & Flare Dress ($335) and the Ibia Floral Print Sheath Dress ($335).
7 | It's definitely a special occasion dress in my mind, the Quett Fit & Flare Dress ($365). Does Fri-Yay count as a special occasion? (It does to me!) In all seriousness, from Easter or Passover to weddings or parties, this dress is sure to be a hit.
8 | Look closely at the Fish Print Fit & Flare Dress ($349), and you may notice the print that looks like flowers from afar are actually tiny schools of pink fish! I don't think dresses get much more fun than that.
9 | Wanting an entry-level Ted Baker dress to try? The Zaralie Jacquard Panel Skater Dress ($279) is a great option, because it is simple in that has no print and few embellishments yet still retains all the fit qualities that make the brand so great!
10 | I first found out about Ted Baker from a coworker who was wearing a dress like the Katiey Placed Print Sheath Dress ($295) to work. The subtle head-turner got a gasp out of me and her showered with compliments all day long. What lovely things these dresses can do...


Ted Baker isn't just great for dresses. I love their swim line (though sadly, as a 32DD, I cannot wear it), their stunning shoes and their accessories too. Coming up tomorrow, we'll take a closer look at those categories. And be sure to check my Instagram, where I'll share some try-on photos over the next day or two!

Looking for shoe ideas to spruce up an outfit? Here are 25 pairs of Spring shoes I love.