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How to Dress Your Kids for a Picture-Perfect Family Photo
When selecting clothing for your next family portrait, go for a variety of colors, prints, and textures that flow nicely together yet aren't too matchy-matchy. To give you some inspiration, we've found some adorable kids outfits for all four seasons.
Spring: Blush and Denim
Spring is a wonderful time of year for outdoor family pictures because no matter if you take them in a grassy field or sunny street, the colors will truly pop. Plus, it's also the season to dress your family in pretty pastels and prints to enhance the natural landscape and the refreshing energy the vernal time of year brings.
For our springtime selection: Denim, blush, and a hint of floral gracefully blend together some of the top seasonal trends, while a variety of silhouettes combine for a tasteful contrast. The boys' light-wash skinny jeans are a timeless piece that pair well with a white button-down and tan sneakers for the photo session and so much more. If you have a little lady in the clan, the ruffle-trim stripe dress will look absolutely darling as she twirls around in a very necessary solo photo. Just when you don't think it could get any more adorable, picture a little boy in these stylish overalls and a baby girl in this lovely three-piece floral set. We can guarantee your relatives won't be able to handle the cuteness overload!
H&M Boys' Skinny Fit Jeans, $20; hm.com
J. Crew Girls' Ruffled Stripe Dress, $70; jcrew.com
H&M Infant Boys' Light Denim Overalls, $20; hm.com
H&M Infant Girls' Floral 3-Piece Set, $15; hm.com
Summer: Blue and White
While you have the whole crew together on summer vacation, we suggest taking advantage of cheerful moods along with stunning scenery and finally get that family portrait up on the wall as soon as you get back. If a beach getaway is not on the agenda, you can always find a spot in your own city for a beautiful session at sunset.
Continuing these ocean vibes, we're all about this blue-and-white color scheme. Whether you have a 3-month-old or a boy in grade school, a cuffed button-up is always a winner, which is why we've selected a polished striped shirt and a crisp white option able to be worn far beyond family photos. For the girls, both a ruffled jumpsuit and a wrap dress introduce some playful geometric patterns and bring out the breezy shade of blue. We recommend adding a white headband or bow to the girls' hair for a charming touch.
Rachel Zoe Boys' Poplin Shirt, $37 (was $42); janieandjack.com
Rachel Zoe Girls' Medallion Jumpsuit, $67 (was $75); janieandjack.com
Janie and Jack White Linen Infant Shirt, $38; janieandjack.com
Rachel Zoe Infant Geo Wrap Dress, $58 (was $65); janieandjack.com
Fall: Brown, Rust Orange, and Cream
Fall is a favorite for family pictures for many reasons: The leaves are changing colors, pumpkins as well as haystacks can be used as props, and the temperature is pleasantly crisp—resulting in a day of not only taking pictures but making memories.
Autumn colors are arguably the prettiest of all seasons, so choosing a color scheme should be fun. We kept things simple by selecting only a few of our favorite earthy tones (brown, rust orange, and cream), knowing nature will take care of the rest. Featuring a boys' faux leather sherpa jacket, a girls' cheesecloth romper, an infant striped sweater, and an infant tunic and leggings set, this fashion-forward lineup is rather hard to top. You can't always predict fall weather; however, all these items are great layering pieces, meaning you can add leggings under the romper, jackets over tops, and accessorize with hats and scarves.
Boys' Faux Leather Jacket, $42 (was $99); janieandjack.com
Seed Heritage Cheesecloth Romper, $45; nordstrom.com
H&M Ribbed Stripe Sweater, $25; hm.com
Mini Boden Tunic and Leggings Set, $52; nordstrom.com
Winter: Emerald, Navy, and Cream
Undoubtedly, holiday season and family pictures go hand in hand. This time around, go all out with cohesive outfits that embrace the festive spirit yet take a break from the traditional red-and-green combo.
Switching it up with emerald green, navy blue, and cream, this holiday fashion lineup isn't something to overlook. For the boys in the family, we suggest swapping out button-ups and blazers for these cozy sherpa and bomber jackets. The boys' looks are super-cute but they'll have to share the spotlight because the girls' mixy dress and faux fur collar cardigan are equally darling. Plus, plaid makes an appearance in both the girls' dress and infant bomber jacket, incorporating the classic Christmas pattern in a subtle yet elegant way.
J.Crew Boys' Sherpa Half-Zip, $72 (was $90); jcrew.com
J.Crew Girls' Mixy Dress, $64 (was $70); jcrew.com
Janie and Jack Plaid Bomber Jacket, $40 (was $89); janieandjack.com
Janie and Jack Faux Fur Collar Cardigan, $36 (was $54); janieandjack.com