By Leah Fletcher
Easter fashions and celebrations usher in the beginning of spring and, Easter Sunday family traditions.
During this season, it’s time to think of ways to dress the kids and groom their hair appropriately for family activities, but also comfortably for romping around at the annual egg hunt. Thinking outside the Easter egg carton will result in some of the hottest seasonal trends your kids will love to wear.
What the girls are wearing
Easter fashion centers on feminine, elegant dresses in beautiful pastel colors, like robin’s egg blue, baby pink, sage green and light lemon yellow. It’s also the season for eye-catching floral or geometric patterns. Look for a dress that hits to about the knee, or lower if you are concerned about modesty. The dress should cover your shoulders, have a soft neckline and cinch in at the waist. Pair the dress with a neutral or light-colored shoe or sandal and a light sweater for unpredictable weather.
If you prefer to forgo a classic Easter dress, slacks are perfectly acceptable, especially in inclement weather. Pair some tailored khakis or tweed slacks with a soft sweater in a gentle purple, pink, blue or ivory. Alternatively, an elegant blouse, in a spring hue, teams well with trousers and retains that Easter style. To look appropriate and neat, avoid jeans or shorts. Add a pair flats or sandals and layer a light jacket over the ensemble.
What the boys are wearing
At this time of year, that suit at the back of the closet is a go. Any classic suit in navy, dark brown or beige is practical and looks appropriate for church or brunch. Add a pastel shirt underneath—think pale purple, salmon or blue—and select a simple navy or black tie. You can add a pocket square and some playful argyle socks. For a complete look, consider wearing polished loafers or dress shoes.
For more casual Easter plans, consider exchanging the suit and tie for slacks and a pastel button-up shirt, which can be layered with a knitted vest and/or a light trench coat. Such layering will still give a more casual effect. A finely knit sweater, in a light cream, blue or warm brown, paired with some khaki trousers and loafers is also a practical ensemble that will bode well between an Easter egg hunt and church. For warm, casual Easters, a simple polo shirt, in a playful pastel with some light khakis, will result in a polished, respectable appearance without the suit and tie.
Easter hairstyles range from braids to mini Mohawks
There are several hairstyles are available for African American children and one of the most common are braids. Braids last longer and limit the amount of products used on tender little heads. If you must use products, limit them to all natural ones. Other hairstyles include natural, press and curl hairstyles and the mini-Mohawk.
Braids are a hairstyle for African American kids of any age. You can braid the hair in endless styles and patterns. Some of the more popular styles are the braided single and double ponytail. To achieve the style, the hair is braided up and tied into one or two ponytails. Add ribbons for more decoration. The zigzag is one of the more popular patterns—each section is braided in a jagged or crisscross pattern.
Curls whether natural or hated are simple styles best suited for special occasions. Many children still sport more traditional hairstyles with a straighter texture. This preference allows short to long hairstyles that range from pixies to cascading curls. They can be achieved by using tools like flat irons or curling wands or simply rolling the entire head. For Natural unprocessed hair, which is generally curly, stylist can add water and gently comb the hair for the desired look.
Afros or Mini Mohawk
Many young African American boys wear short afros. A barber can create the look by adding a part using a pair of clippers. A simple part on one side is fashionable. Some barbers feature designs and multiple parts in the hair. They can also create a faux Mohawk by tapering the sides of hair close to the scalp and leaving the top of the hair longer.