We look at what to wear over Easter by occasion to best master Bank Holiday weekend style

The first Bank Holiday weekend of the season is upon us and it’s the longest of the year. Traditionally filled with social get-togethers, pub lunches and quality time to unwind, it’s a chance to really appreciate that ‘out of office’ status for all that it promises. Here, we take just some of the ways you might be planning to spend your days and look at what to wear for each.


For some, the opportunity of four days off of the work routine is the only excuse needed to book a getaway, and why ever not? If you’re destined for a city break, be it close to home or overseas, it’s chic, spring-ready separates that should top your packing list. Take inspiration from the ultimate Parisian style icon, Jean Shrimpton by making vintage-inspired straight-leg jeans your calling card. Wear them with a colour-pop top and your favourite leather biker. Accessories should be carefully considered here as they hold the potential to really make the outfit. A hat can be the icing on top of the cake and this season it’s felt trilby’s that we’re especially keen on heroing.   


For a lot of people across the UK, Easter Weekend is a time to be spent with family. If you’re hosting or attending anything from a traditional roast dinner to something of a more low-key get-together, you’ll want to pick an outfit that fuses style with comfort and strikes the balance between smart and casual. This season’s steel-blue suede has been developed to complement almost any skintone so it’s a great way to brave baring your legs for what might be the first time this year. Dress it down with something more understated like a slim-fitting knit and keep make-up natural so as to maintain that much-desired effortless overall aesthetic. Nude heels make for a polished final touch.


There’s no better time to take a laidback attitude to getting dressed in the morning than when you’re heading out for a long walk, but that’s not to say style should be compromised. Khaki is not only a key colourway for SS17 but it’s also wonderfully timeless so the right pair of khaki chinos will remain relevant for seasons to come. Soft knits also make for a failsafe choice. When it comes to fit, bigger is better so choose relaxed cuts and oversized silhouettes that emulate that throw-on-and-go aesthetic. The espadrille will lend the look a trend-focused spin and an air of Riviera chic, plus, it’s set to be your new go-to footwear style for spring so invest now to make the most of it for as long as the sunshine lasts.


If you’re planning a pamper session over Easter Weekend and you have a spa day or a retreat booked in then it’s new-season swimwear that you’ll be calling upon. Consider your overall look as opposed to just what you’ll be wearing in the water and make a longline silk shirt dress your go-to cover-up both en route to your destination and worn unbuttoned poolside. Match your bag to your plans and leave your leather tote at home, tagging in a canvas alternative to house whatever you might need for the day ahead (read: magazine, face cream, and with a bit of luck, those oversized sunglasses that you’ve been itching to dig out again).


The best thing about having four days off is that there’s time to do a little of everything that you love and plans can remain nonchalant. Breeze from bed to brunch with effortless separates and embrace the first sightings of summer’s sun by layering languid, loose-cut shirting over suede shorts. Teamed with box-fresh trainers and your go-to cross-body bag, this carefree combination makes the perfect choice for diary dates that require something chic in aesthetic but also easy to wear. If your plans are open, maybe that brunch date will turn into a riverside rosé and you’ll want to be dressed in a way that means you’re ready for such a transition.


Whether you’re celebrating something specific or embracing the additional lie-in opportunity, finding the right outfit for a night out is never more exciting than when a new collection is on the cards. Jumpsuits are a key addition to spring’s line-up and they come in multiple guises, from off-the-shoulder, wide-leg styles to chic wrap-front playsuits. If you’re opting for a mini-length design, adopt a longline blazer to mimic the length and brave the evening’s drop in temperature in style; we’re still in April after all. Towering block-heel shoes will visually lengthen the leg and a sprinkling of jewellery offers a considered final touch.