It’s that time of year! Whether you’ve had a session booked for weeks, or have decided to do a last minute scramble, you’ll need something to wear. I’m putting together a variety of outfits below with specific links. I’m taking all the guesswork out for you- these are items that will look great in photos, and coordinate well without being too matchy. (I may earn a commission for product links listed).
Neutral Christmas Photo Outfits
First we have a neutral approach. This is a great color palette if you want photos for your walls year round, that aren’t holiday specific. I’ve chosen sweaters and long sleeves for this inspiration, but dresses in similar colors would work well too! Women’s sweater, men’s button down, girl’s outfit
Green as your main color
Green is such a classic choice for winter photos. It’s the perfect chance to wear this color while outdoor grassy settings are more of a golden color. I love putting mom in an emerald shade, and dad in a cream pullover. Then for the kids pick one pattern like checks or floral. If you have additional children you can add in solid shades of sage green, mustard, or brown. Girl dress, mom dress, baby romper, dad pullover
Red as your main color
If you want the classic red vibe for Christmas photo outfits, look into more of a wine/maroon shade instead of a bright red. I love the idea of bringing in textures, so corduroy dress for your daughter (paired with undershirt and knee high socks), a sweater for your son, and one of my all time favorite women’s dresses paired with a chunky cardigan. You can put dad in grey, navy, or black. Dad shirt, Mom dress, Mom chunky cardigan, girl dress, boy sweater
How to mix red and green for Christmas photo outfits
Are you set on using red and green for the classic Christmas look? Here’s how to incorporate a plaid, some textures, and take it to a slightly more muted color palette. Look for shades of wine and olive green. This will photograph much better than bright red and green together! Girl headband, girl dress, mom dress, boy olive green shirt, dad plaid shirt
I hope this gets your creative brain flowing! For Christmas photo outfits, you can truly do whatever makes your family happy. I always recommend asking your photographer what the set will look like before deciding. For example, if the set includes an emerald green couch, you may not want to dress in emerald green yourself. Personally I aim for neutral or outdoor set ups for that reason. I don’t want any colors “off limits”. Try to avoid exact matches or too many patterns. You can help pull the overall look together with accessories such as a headband that matches dad’s shirts, knee high socks, a cardigan, etc. If you found this helpful, I also have a guide for boudoir photos here! Ready to book a session? Contact me!