Fashion Friday: What To Wear for Family Holiday Photos

A bunch of you suggested this as a topic last week and I thought it was a GREAT idea.  In family holiday photos you all want to look coordinated without looking totally cheesy and matchy-matchy.  So here are three suggestions on how to make the whole family look great for your upcoming pictures (or for the holidays themselves!)

MATCHING:  I love the concept of everyone wearing creamy fisherman knits and jeans.  Matching without being over the top and this palette looks crisp, cozy and timeless (and just the right amount of casual).  Plus it will work with a variety of card designs!


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FESTIVE:  I am sure none of you want to look like a Christmas tree threw up on you, but you still want to look seasonally appropriate.  Beige, grey and red with hints of plaid, fair isle, faux fur and knits looks dressy but comfortable and slightly holiday-themed!


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COOL:  I want to hang out with this family- all in navy and looking the perfect mix of dressed up and dressed down. Velvet, denim, sparkles and sneaks!


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  1. This is making me feel like I need to round up my husband and dog for a few family photos this Christmas! I’ll definitely be bookmarking this post for future photo inspiration.

  2. OKAY this post is too cute for words. I really cannot stand when I get Christmas cards and everyone is wearing all white or all red, so I am so pleased to see there is a way to be cohesive without looking monochromatic! Thanks so much for sharing, I’m definitely pinning for the future :) Have a great birthday weekend with Henry!!

  3. Awesome. Love your eye.

    Also – this is technical, and I have no idea how you do it, but I love how you visually lay these things out on the blog. Your groupings are great.

  4. Thank you Erin! I love ’em all, but especially the first grouping! Makes me eager for the holidays, which is hard to think of when it’s 80′ here (Los Angeles).

  5. Erin, you have a great sense of style and I really enjoy your blog, but one thing I don’t get is that American women wear lumberjack style plaid shirts. A stripe, check or plain shirt is great for casual wear, and more feminine. Why should a woman emulate what a mechanic or forestry worker wears?
    Be the way, commiserations on your election result.

    1. I agree, plaid is really like leopard or cheetah print…best worn in small quantities.

      The same for men, guys who wear plaid shirts tend to remind me of Norm Abrams. Which is great if you’re building a cabinet, but most aren’t.

  6. I’m trying to figure out what Henry will wear for the family photo … sweater with a shawl collar? Fisherman’s knit sweater? Jeans of course.

  7. Just putting an alternate idea out there…. My favorite Christmas cards are the ones where a family doesn’t try to do a “family photo” where everyone is coordinated, but rather they share happy/celebratory, well-composed (filtered, cropped, whatever) images from the previous year. This way, the cards become a small celebration of memories rather than another family snapshot.

    But, of course, there’s also nothing wrong with a good old family photo either.

  8. This is probably my favorite post ever. I struggle with this every year. I overthink it, and overthink it. It drives my husband cuh-razy!!! Thank you.

  9. I found this helpful when we did a shoot last week , especially the section on families i pasted below

    For families, It’s generally a good idea to choose 2-3 colors (gray, yellow, pink), (lime green, purple, denim), and choose different garments and accessories for each family member in those colors. IMPORTANT: I often feel that dads look too buttoned-up during their sessions. Consider that you may be sitting on the floor together in bare feet. A man will look pretty silly doing that if he’s wearing a button-down tucked into khakis with a belt. Relax! If you do decide to dress everyone in the SAME color, please choose different garments. I find the look of a family all dressed in white, black, or blue button-down shirts to be awfully boring. I also always prefer cream, charcoal, or gray to white or black. It’s just less severe.USUALLY NO WATCHES. Try to remember not to wear your watch the day of your session, unless it’s a stylistic choice–they are distracting in photos, especially on women.

  10. I always love your fashion content! If you ever wonder whether your readers want more of it, the answer is yes, yes, yes please! (Sincerely, been through the entire fashion friday archive. twice.)

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