06/02/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

A Brief History Of Easter Fashion

The history of the Easter ensemble derives from the philosophy of wearing one's Sunday best to the glory of God. On Easter, style expectations are ratcheted up several degrees in recognition of the day's outsize religious significance. There's an element of spring fever, too, in the way that the Easter wardrobe serves as a harbinger of daffodils and tulips -- no matter if there is often a bone-piercing chill in the air and, occasionally, snow on the ground.