Dark evenings, chocolate eggs. There’s nothing that signals the return of Easter better for me than those mixed in with the chill of a frosty morning as I wake up at home. Along with Easter, it’s the official second week of our Level 4 Lockdown. My current attitude is caught somewhere in between: “I’m at high school on my summer holidays, I barely leave the couch and Mum feeds me 6 times a day” and “why the hell am I not fit and a gourmet chef already!?”. With four days of blissfully uninterrupted “me” time ahead I do plan on tackling my most pressing issue while there’s still time: I’ve haven’t made or eaten enough hot crossed buns.
Like Miranda to Carrie, Rachel to Ross, (extremely) oversized dresses are the crème de la crème Easter of weekend companions. With their unwavering dedication to covering up copious amounts of chocolate, hot crossed buns and food babies, they’re the best friend you could ever have. This year if we weren’t all in lockdown I would have chosen this Aje dress. It exceeds all my tent-like aspirations with its oversized sleeves, full body and a subtle cut-out in the only area that shows no sign of bloating: the back. With this beauty on my lactose intolerance is no longer a problem. Eat three, eat five, only you would know. And just like Regina George’s hair in Mean Girls, the dress is full of secrets.
Jokes aside, as I get older I can appreciate more the construction of a garment over its form fit. I used to gravitate to dresses that hugged my body as a way to remind people that it is, indeed, there. Besides from the ability to comfort eat, what I love this dress is that with a simple cut-out and exaggerated sleeve that hits just the right spot, a dress that could look like a ‘potato sack’ instead exudes carefree sophistication. And in a way, the brilliance of something so billowing ultimately comes down to the way it’s styled. Paired with a popping boot like these snakeskin knee-highs, a pair of cat-eye sunglasses and voila, you’ve got yourself a street-worthy ‘lewk’.
Now with all my styling advice I challenge you to lighten your load this Easter weekend. Get dressed up, put on makeup and be self-indulgent. Turn off the damn news because that doesn’t help anyone at this time. Download House Party, play guac and chips with your friends, vino in hand. And speaking of indulgent, repeat after me: I will eat all the food I want until I pass out. It doesn’t count Easter weekend I swear. You have four days to enjoy to yourself and your loved ones in your isolation bubble. Make it light, make it fun. Most importantly, give yourself a break. Life goes back to it’s regularly scheduled programming on Tuesday.