Styling outfits is definitely one of my very favorite things to do, I was a fashion major in college and if I had actually been brave enough to move to a big city, being a stylist definitely would have ranked high as one of my dream jobs. Of course being a wife & mom in my hometown, surrounded by our families, is pretty amazing too, plus I still get to have fun with fashion for my babies and the hubs, when he lets me. 🙂
With the holiday season right around the corner and lots of families taking pictures for their Christmas cards, I thought I would share some tips that I try to go by when choosing looks for own family photos! Of course like anything else these are just suggestions & you have to make them work for your own style, one of the many things I love about fashion is that there really is no right or wrong and your own style really should be unique to you.
1 – Choose one look/piece first & then build everything else around it. I typically will come across one piece I love and use that as an inspiration for everyone else’s looks. It’s kind of like decorating a room to me, my mom always taught me to find one piece & then look back at that before you buy anything else – that’s exactly what I do when choosing looks for our entire family. That way everyone is cohesive.
2 – Coordinate, don’t match. I hope I’m not offending anyone here when I say that the days of “everyone wear a white shirt & jeans” are long gone. Nothing drives me crazier! Instead, pick a few colors that you like together and choose everyone’s looks around that. Once you have that color palette, pick a piece (or two) with a print and add solids as well.
3 – Pair neutral looks with fun accessories to add dimension & make it fun! I am all about cream, white or tan pieces (as dangerous as they are, especially with kids), but I think they make the prettiest backdrop to accessories and also are so versatile. Obviously the girls’ looks are easy to accessorize – super cute bows! – but the same can be done for boys, just using scarves, hats, vests, or even a cool pair of shoes.
4 – Stick with looks & styles that you would actually wear in real life. I feel like this is a no-brainer, but I have had to learn the hard way with my husband. While I am all about trying new trends, that is definitely not his thing so after a few years of bringing pieces home & getting laughed at, I focus on classic looks only for him. 😉 There is obviously no point in spending money on clothes you won’t wear again, yet just as important, you want to feel comfortable and like YOU! Especially since you will be looking back on these photos for years to come.
I’ve had a few people email me with questions on looks for their own families (which I take as a huge compliment!), I wanted to put it out there that I am open to doing this for others. It takes me some time, especially since we can’t meet in person, I wish we could! – but we could work it out on a case by case basis. And if you are in the Hampton Roads area & are interested in styling, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And I can’t resist a couple photos of our weekend, love these little girls of mine!
Hope you all had the best weekend!