The Best (and Affordable) Shop for Gorgeous Easter Dresses

I doubt few in the world have spring fever more than mothers of small kids who have been cooped up all winter long. The thought of getting Maisie outside makes me as giddy as a schoolgirl.

All this warm weather also means it’s time to go hunting for an Easter dress. I’ll admit I’m pretty excited about Maisie wearing a beautiful dress this year. Last year, I bought her a gorgeous little pin-tucked dress, but she had just learned to crawl and was pretty unhappy about all the extra fabric slowing her forward-motion progress. This year, she’ll be able to properly model her ensemble, though knowing my little toddler, she’ll probably fall and get it filthy. It’ll look good for a few split seconds anyway. 

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I could check out the usual suspects for fabulous outfits: Denny’s in Scarsdale, Twinkle Toes in Larchmont, or Lester’s in Rye. There are dozens of these special clothing stores scattered across the county, each stocked with gorgeous little gowns sure to make other churchgoers coo like a baby. The thing is, a lot of these dresses are so expensive that you have to trade in your first born to afford a dress. What good is a beautiful outfit without Maisie to wear it?

So here’s a little secret: TJ Maxx has dozens of beautiful spring dresses. And the best part? You’ll only have to plunk down between 10 and 20 dollars! One store was littered with gorgeous gowns each made out of 100 percent cotton—cotton so nice that the dresses felt like 1000 thread-count sheets. In fact, there were so many I couldn’t decide so I bought two. Maisie tried to sneak a couple of extra, though I didn’t realize she’d been shopping her own until I was at the checkout.

Figuring I’d better double-check to make sure all the TJ Maxx stores were comparably stocked, I checked out another location. It, too, had lots of spring dresses and even had some cute little suits for boys. However, I discovered the types of dresses greatly vary depending on the TJ Maxx store you visit. This store also had a few dresses that could easily hide on the rack at Fierson’s in Bronxville, but most were made out of truly bad taffeta. Some of them reminded me of quinceanera dresses girls wore in Texas in the ‘80s. And hey, maybe that’s your idea of an Easter dress. I guess the good news is you can find whatever you like – if you just keep visiting different TJ Maxx stores. Even in this taffeta-laden store, I found yet one more dress I had to have. The only question is which one will be the actual Easter dress?

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