We have family photos coming up – yay! – but that also means I have to run wardrobe on my crew. Otherwise Quinn will show up in a Frozen nightgown, Cooper in ONLY a diaper, and Chris wearing a tshirt circa 1999 from a spring break in Mexico.
Dressing for family photos can be tricky – you want everyone to be coordinated without being matchy-matchy. Here are a couple tips for choosing your family photo outfits:
Shop at the same store
Oftentimes it’s easier to find things that color coordinate at the same retailer. The styles, color palettes, and prices are usually similar, which make it easy to create a cohesive look.
Don’t Be Afraid to Mix It Up
Do use different patterns in the same color family. This doesn’t mean everyone should wear a different pattern, but it’s ok if someone is wearing plaid and someone else is wearing stripes. In general, keep patterns subtle and muted. Avoid black.
Don’t Be Twinsies
Avoid having everyone wear the same colors, like the whole family wearing jeans and a white top. Mix it up and vary the way the colors are paired, like white pants on someone and a white shirt on someone else. Or choose complementary colors and sprinkle them throughout.
Consider the Location
If you’re at the beach, try something a little bright and tropical. Heading to a park? Keep it classic. If you’re doing an open field, maybe don’t go super formal.
Think About YOUR Family
While you don’t want everyone looking a mess, you do want everyone, especially the kids, to be excited about their outfits. For instance, I know Quinn would never wear shorts so it’s a no-brainer that she’ll be wearing a dress.
Let’s face it: when you have kids, shopping in a store for something “boring” like clothes is a total crapshoot. Pour yourself a glass of wine and online shop to your heart’s content. Give yourself plenty of time – weeks in advance if you’re shopping online. Return whatever doesn’t work. Plus save $$ with eBates.
Here’s my wardrobe inspiration for our family photos:
From the top left: White Polo // Navy Ruffled Dress // Chambray Ruffle Dress // Off the Shoulder Striped Dress // White Jeans // Striped Navy Top // Neutral Wedges // Grey Polo // Grey Toms // Blue Shorts // Gingham Navy Shirt // Sperry Boat Shoes // Navy Shorts