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Families showed off their finest spring outfits

In the 1950s, these folks showed off their new spring outfits for Easter, whether they walked in a parade or just posed in the front yard.

With Easter comes spring. What better way to celebrate both occasions than a new hat, dress or jacket? Our readers shared photos of their families dressed in their finest spring outfits—bonnets and all!

1950s family wearing spring outfits for Easter

"I can still remember the color of my new Easter coat in 1950," says Carol Derks (at right) of Newaygo, Michigan. "It was orchid and white. I'm with my sister, Connie, and our Polish grandmother, whom we called 'Babci.'"

1950s family wearing spring outfits for Easter

"In this picture of my from 1958, taken in our home in Indianapolis, it's hard to distinguish where the centerpiece ends and my hat begins," jokes Jean Angel of Florissant, Missouri. "But, oh, how I loved that hat!"

1950s family wearing spring outfits for Easter

"That's me and my cousin David in my grandmother's yard on my first Easter, in 1954," shares Kathy VanMeter Dalton of Rutland, Ohio. "The little wheelbarrow is my first Easter basket, made by my clever dad."

1950s family wearing spring outfits for Easter

"In 1941, my sister, Bernie, and I talked our future husbands, Bud and Brownie, into an excursion to New York City to walk in the Easter Parade on Fifth Avenue," says Belle Brown of Bristol, Connecticut. "I bought a new hat for the occasion. It was navy blue straw, about 4 inches high, with large white daisies on the front. Brownie thought my hat was perfect, until he had to chase it down the street when the breeze blew it off my head! That's us behind the couple passing the policeman (at right)."

1950s family wearing spring outfits for Easter

"Some 30 years ago, on an April afternoon, each member of the 'Friday 14' club of Thawville, Illinois, wore an Easter hat of her own design to the club meeting," says Marian Zick of Roberts. "My sister, Marge (right), won second prize with a hat she fashioned from her husband's sun helmet."

1950s family wearing spring outfits for Easter

"My dear friend Monette Simpson (right) and her sister, Frances, modeled their Easter outfits before going to church," shares Irene Hutton of Springville, California. "The photo was taken in San Antonio, Texas, in 1927."

1950s family wearing spring outfits for Easter

"The picture of our two girls and youngest son (left) was taken on a bitter cold Easter morning in 1957," writes Mrs. O. Salisbury of New Port Richey, Florida. "But they wanted to dress up in their spring coats, even if it was cold."

1950s family wearing spring outfits for Easter

"This picture of our daughter, Barbara, and her cousin, Michael Gilinsky, was taken on Easter Sunday 1959," says Edna Whelan of Point Pleasant, New Jersey.

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pat milo March 6, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Am I glad we don’t wear hats like some of those anymore! Not that I don’t like hats, I do. I remember gloves and hats being a necessity for church. In high school we always had to carry a pair of white gloves and when we were wearing our Fall/Spring dresses we had to have a chapel veil. I did enjoy the photos though. Most of my hat wearing is for winter warmth and this year it has been cold.

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Barbara Barrier March 9, 2013 at 2:52 pm

I entered Baylor University in Waco, TX, as a freshman in 1952. Speaking of wearing hats and gloves, the Baylor Girls Dormitory Handbook admonished us, “Baylor girls wear hats and gloves to church on Sunday mornings.” Also, we were not allowed downstairs in our dorm unless we had on stockings. In those days, they were held up by miserably uncomfortable garter belts.
More rules included, no wearing of shorts, ever, and pants, called slacks, were only worn with permission from the Dean of Women’s office. On hot, sunny spring days, we would leave the dorm belted into fabric raincoats. They were needed to cover our swim suits!

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Squeegee Girl March 14, 2013 at 4:50 pm

This is so cool….I remember going shopping for my new Easter clothes with my Mum when I was a young girl…Thanks for stirring up a great memory <3

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Katrina @ Edelweiss Patterns March 14, 2013 at 11:52 pm

Lovely! This reminds me of, “In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it, you’ll be the grandest lady in the Easter parade!” I love the vintage fashions and femininity from the good old days!

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dan bruffey March 16, 2013 at 8:28 pm

I truly love the dress ups for Easter during the 1950s in Richmond, VA. The best to see of outfits especially the hats was in downtown Richmond on the Sunday afternoon of Easter. The best spots to see the latest fashions for ladies was on East Marshall Street. It was also a great time to visit the parks with your special girl in her special outfit at Easter.

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george cruise March 23, 2013 at 2:16 pm

I can’t get on reminisce extra sight to register my hatties hat pin contest please help thanks

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Leah Wynalek March 26, 2013 at 11:55 am

Hi, George: On the top of the page, you’ll see a link in black lettering that says “Hattie’s Hatpin Contest”. Click that link, then follow the directions on the page to enter the contest for the March issue of Reminisce Extra. -Reminisce editorial assistant

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Margaret Whiteside April 11, 2013 at 5:53 pm

I still love hats, and hats and gloves were always worn to church and as formal attire in the 50s. I wish we still dressed the way we did then. I had some lovely large hats as well as pillbox hats with veils in the front.

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Carole February 3, 2014 at 7:42 am

I have a sister[a year younger] and a brother two years older.we all grew up back in the late 50s and 60s and on easter our mom always dressed us up cute.We each got a poofy,pastel easter dress with the matching bonnet,white gloves,lace anklets and mary janes to match our dresses.Mom had us wear rubberpants under our dresses to make us feel cuter and more girly,and the rubberpants were always in the same pastel color to match our dresses.We wore these outfits untill we were around 14 or 15 and we always looked at other girls bonnets to see how cute theirs were compared to ours.

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Karen Kemery May 19, 2014 at 10:25 am

I don’t know what she meant by rubber pants unless it was a playtex panty girdle. If that is what she meant, I did feel grown up when I wore one, but you couldn’t pay me enough to wear one again!

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Carole August 13, 2014 at 9:31 pm

To Karen Kemery-we wore the toddler super large plastic pants- aka,rubberpants.our mom got them at Woolworths,K-mart,etc.Playtex made their plastic pants in toddler extra large and they fit older kids also.we knew other girls who also wore rubberpants for easter also.

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