You booked a family photo session. Now what?
I used to think that coordinating family outfits is a hassle and expensive.
And Mommy and Me or Daddy and Me outfits have to be matchy-matchy or else they won’t work.
But I found that approaching a coordinated family outfit differently can be easier and affordable.
Coordinated family outfit is great throughout the year and especially during the holidays because photos will turn out lovely no matter what!
We all have that one kid who won’t cooperate, right?
This blog post will show you how to achieve that look and find versatile pieces you can wear year-round – not just for the holidays.
Plus, your family will be ready even for a spontaneous photoshoot!
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1. Stick to The 3-Color Rule
Okay, this rule isn’t a law; you can definitely break it.
Instead, use it as a guide when choosing colors for your color palette.
We’ve all heard the saying – less is more.
Even Coco Chanel said, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.”
So, here’s how to use the 3-Color Rule:
- Pick the main color
- Pick 2 other complementary color
That’s it! I talk more about complementary colors below.
2. How to Coordinate Colors and Patterns (Not Matchy-Matchy)
The easiest way to have a cohesive look for a coordinated family outfit is by choosing colors and/or patterns that GO together.
You don’t have to all wear one color or pattern. Matchy-matchy outfits are fun!
But there’s something about the candidness of coordinated outfits. It’s pretty in photos. It’s natural and effortless.
So, choose a color palette that contains several colors that look good together and use the 3-Color Rule I mentioned above.
Here’s how to easily do that:
- Look at a color wheel (you can search on Google).
- Any color opposite of each other in the color wheel goes together.
- Any color adjacent to each other also goes together.
You can even pull out colors from one pattern. In the example coordinated outfits below, I chose the plaid pullover sweater to coordinate the other outfits.
Be sure that the other colors you choose for your palette are in the same family.
A bright red wouldn’t go with the dark and dusty green hence I choose darker reds to keep the same color tones – or as close to the same color tones.
The goal is to have a coordinated look, the colors don’t have to exactly match!
3. Coordinate Family Outfits by Choosing Classic Patterns & Colors
As much as your little one loves Cinderella, for example, it’s not something you’d want in a coordinated family outfit because it’s too distracting in a photo.
You’d probably want to display these photos right?
So by choosing classic patterns and colors, your photos will never go out of style.
They’ll never feel dated.
In the fashion world, classic colors and patterns are considered neutral which means anything can go with it (usually).
These are neutrals:
- colors: navy, brown, khaki, white, black, gray
- metallic: gold, silver, copper, gunmetal, bronze, pewter
- patterns: glen plaid, pinstripes, tweeds, tiny checks
QUICK TIP: Janie and Jack always release several collections of holiday clothing pieces for your littles. Sometimes they release Mommy and Me and/or Daddy and Me collections. Everything is coordinated! You can check it out here.
Here’s an example of a family outfit:
(Links for above photo: Janie and Jack Velvet Sweater Dress, Janie and Jack Velvet Bow Flats, Target Good Fellow & Co Crew Sweater, Janie and Jack Boy’s Plaid Pull Over, Janie and Jack Boys Wool Pants, Janie and Jack Baby Girl’s Toile Dress, Lauren Conrad Wrap Dress)
4. Consider Photoshoot Location
Don’t wear red with the field of red tulips as your background. You’ll blend in.
Loud prints, characters, and loud colors can clash with the photoshoot location.
You can mitigate this problem if you stick with classic colors and patterns.
If you want print – go for subtle prints.
5. Family Photo Outfits on a Budget
I don’t like buying things and using them only once.
I’m all about versatility and affordability and I know you are, too.
The first place you need to look when coordinating family outfits is what you and your family already own.
This way, you’ll have less to buy and save money.
If you have time, be sure to check out second-hand shops first.
Here are retail stores you can check out for affordable family outfits (one-stop-shop!)
- Kohl’s – Lauren Conrad’s line here, current coupons and deals here
- Target – top deals here, Target Circle offers here, get additional 5% off when you use your Target RedCard!
- Old Navy – current promos are on the front page, Super Cash info here
These stores are already budget-friendly but they have sales every single week!
Another way to save money is to utilize accessories to coordinate.
Use bow tie, shoes, hats, scarf, etc to add color and pattern! Accessories cost less than clothes
6. Coordinating Family Outfits for the Holiday
Choose patterns and colors that can be worn throughout the year.
Don’t choose a snowflake or Christmas tree patterns. This way you can display your family photos year-round.
The picture below is from an old Janie and Jack Mommy and Me Holiday collection. This is a good example of a non-Christmassy pattern used for the holidays.
Coordinating Family Outifts for Photos – Final Notes
I hope that this blog post gave you some ideas on how to approach coordinating family outfits with less stress.
And in case you missed some tips, here are the main ones again:
- think versatility – choose classic prints and colors so that you can wear the pieces over and over
- keep it simple – 3 color rule
- create a color palette – you can start with a pattern
- keep it budget-friendly – use what you already own first and check out sales and discounts, use accessories to tie outfits together
Janie and Jack releases several collections of classic holiday pieces including accessories that don’t break the bank and can be worn throughout the year. There are sales heading towards and during the holiday season. Be sure to check out the sale section, too.
Don’t forget to have fun and embrace that one child who always makes a face – makes for fun photos to remember!
Featured Photo by: unsplash-logoJessica Rockowitz
Over to you! How often do you take family photos? Did I miss any tips? Please share in the comments below!
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