What to Wear For Family Portraits: Fall

As I do every October, I’ve been scanning the internet for outfit ideas for my children’s Christmas portraits. We do our family portraits every summer but I usually do a portrait of the two of them for our Christmas cards as well.

First, a dressy option.

I love this blue and green striped dress. While it would be easy enough to coordinate a sibling’s outfit using a solid, I love the idea of adding another pattern in the boy’s shirt to really elevate the look. Adding the navy wool blazer not only dresses up the shirt to the same level of  ‘dressiness’ as the dress, it gives a bit of space in between the patterns.

To round out the outfits for the rest of the family, I’d go with a solid-coloured wrap dress and heels for mom and a button-up shirt with a jacket for dad. A white shirt for dad might have a little too much contrast to the kids’ darker outfits but a light grey shirt (similar to the tone of the medium colour check in the boy’s shirt) would work well.

If you love this look, I suggest an urban setting for your family portraits. Gastown is great if you’re willing to do an early morning session before the crowds arrive. The steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery would be a great choice as well.

Next up, a neutral option.

This is me all the way. I know some of you will find this choice boring, but I love it. The little bit of pattern peeking out of the bottom of the girl’s sweater adds a little something to the combination and plays nicely with the check in the boy’s shirt.

I would finish their outfits with black leather leggings for the girl (for some fun and sass!) and dark denim for the boy. For mom and dad, you could bring in a colour or keep the colour scheme as is with a cream-coloured blouse for mom and a grey flannel button-up for dad.

Finally, a colourful option.

I had to show an option for two girls because I adore these two dresses together. My daughter may end up wearing the yellow one in her portraits this year.

Though the yellow dress on it’s own doesn’t scream fall, it pairs really nicely with the other dress which is definitely more fall. While I don’t shy away from combining patterns, I do like the solid dress to balance out the busy floral of the other dress.

If you’re going this route I’m going to assume you love colour, so for mom’s outfit I’d pull a different colour from one of the flowers in the dress. For dad I’d likely choose something a little more neutral, perhaps incorporating the army green from the leaves.

We still have two spots left this year for families hoping to have their portraits in time for Christmas.  Contact the studio and we’ll send you all the information and available dates.



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