Fall Family Pictures: What to Wear {+Bonus Pro-Tips}

Tis the season to get ready for the influx of holiday cards! And if you are planning on sending out some holiday love, the golden window to get a head start will be these next few weeks. {Which also means it’s time to take some fall family pictures.}

Perhaps the most stressful part of these photo sessions is the, ahem, outfit coordination.

We narrowed down our favorite tips to seamless coordinating so that you can focus on the photographer and the smiles! Bonus: pro tips for facilitating family pictures at the bottom of the post!

How to style it:

How to style your family pictures for holiday cards


  • One multi-color pattern. Whether it’s a dress with a vibrant pattern, or your son’s favorite plaid shirt, pull out an article of clothing that has a few colors. Use this piece to pull together clothes from the rest of the family’s wardrobes that incorporate these same colors. The Maggy London pattern sheath dresses are all the rage this season, so treat yourself (in the name of family pictures, of course) and use the colors in the pattern to pair together the rest of your family’s look. 
  • One color, mixed shades. I.e. Hues of blue, shades of gray, etc. Pick a color that either looks fabulous on your family, or at least one that you have already sitting in closets. The name of the game is pulling out the light, mid, and dark tones of the color throughout your outfits. For example, if you go with blue, bring in some navy, a little sky blue, and a pop of turquoise for interest. 
  • One color, different fabrics. That darling cream cable-knit sweater your son is almost grown out of? The ‘mixed-media’ fabric style is all the rage right now. If you are unfamiliar, the most frequent use simply taking two types of fabric to make one shirt. Pair cable-knit with lace, add a little tulle via your daughter’s skirt, and pull out that nice cream button-down top in the back of your husband’s closet. The similar shading will provide unity in the picture, while the different textiles provide interest. 
  • Fall color palette. Or Christmas, or whatever palette you love. Take a leaf from nature’s book and style your family in golds, reds, and greens for an easy autumn/winter look. 
  • Whatever you are wearing. Sometimes the best pictures are the candid moments of your family all having a great time together, in whatever you are wearing, without the extra stress. Our favorite example is the family picture shared a few seasons ago from the Cambridges!

Pro tips for easy family pictures:

  • Tripod and remote. Short a trusty photographer? Simply hunt down a church with pretty landscaping, or a college campus with a little outdoor study area, set up the tripod, and voila! Make use of that digital camera and snap as many photos as you want. Odds are ever in your favor that at least one will turn out!
    *Families with young kids: Bring along grandma or your neighbor to dance behind the camera. Otherwise, the chances of your little one looking at the camera are pretty low…  {Trust us.}
  • Late afternoon timing. Whether you have a photographer or not, the lighting at this time of day is the least harsh, and the most permeable. Pack a few snacks for the little ones (and the big ones, let’s be honest), and leave enough cushion room for a sunset picture. Read: be sure to pack snacks!
  • Vacation picture. Heading out to the beach or up to a cabin for the upcoming holidays? Be sure to take advantage of the change in scenery. Bring a coordinated family outfit just for the picture. If you are unfamiliar with the area you will be visiting, keep a look out your first day there as you drive around. Chances are good there will be lovely vignettes around you!

Tell us: What are you wearing for your family holiday card? And what are some of your favorite photo tips?

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