What to wear on Easter Sunday? Somehow one instinctively feels the answer is white. We should sally forth to worship clad like Housman's cherries, 'wearing white for Eastertide'. This is all very well if it's nice weather. But if the rain is lashing down and you have muddy paths to negotiate, then white starts to feel like a foolish choice.
In the end I wore two different outfits this Easter. My first was thrown on in a hurry. It comprised trackie bottoms, ratty trainers and a big pink cardigan. I was also wearing my glasses. My defence here is that it was 4.55am. And anyway, it was dark and the rest of the congregation was half asleep. After the Easter Vigil was over nearly 3hrs later, I went home to get showered and changed into my Acting Dean's Wife clothes.
The other instinct when it comes to Easter is the urge to wear something new. In the old days ladies would wear their new Easter bonnets. This tradition is gallantly upheld by the lady consorts, who were sporting some fine mother-of-the-bride type millinery this year in Lichfield cathedral. We got a good look at it as they processed in with the chaps in tricorn hats, gold chains of office and all the civic regalia that comes out on such occasions.
As you know, I'm not in a position to rush out and indulge my passion for new clothes this year. What a good thing my oldest friend gave me that stunning coat a month or two back! I wore it with navy wide legged linen trousers (charity shop) and a sage green slink top (charity shop) and...
Ta da! Pink shoes! A Christmas gift from the chancellor. How did he know exactly what I wanted? So clever of him to glance up and concentrate for 5 seconds while I held my laptop in front of his face, open on the Office website.
So that's my answer: wear whatever makes you feel like rejoicing on Easter Sunday. 'My love, the crucified, hath sprung to life this morrow.'