I loved it. Crisp, new white gloves, brand new shiny, shoes and socks or tights (depending on how cool it was), and a pretty dress in soft, pastel Springtime colors, sometime even a lightweight Spring coat (again depending on the temperature). and of course, the most important of all, the hat! I have always been one of the lucky ones. I look good in most hats. And I like wearing them. And Easter was the day to wear the prettiest one you could find!
At the time most women wore hats to church on Sunday, in fact, they still wore them to most places. It was part of what made a "lady". After Jackie Kennedy and the changes in the Catholic Church, blew the hat industry out of the water, many women still wore hats on Sunday , at least to church.
But for kids, hats were pretty much reserved for that Easter outfit. You still see a few women and little girls who wear hats on Easter, but not so much anymore. I was one of them for a long while, but bit by bit life got more and more casual and you can't even find pretty hats very much anymore.
I miss them and I miss the gloves and the new shoes, and the pretty new dress. And I miss the gathering with friends at church on Easter morning for our version of the "Easter Parade!"
Have a wonderful Easter all you lovely ladies! Whether or not you're wearing an Easter Bonnet!