Our last post on what to wear for fall minis was such a hit, I thought it would be a good time for an updated version since fall minis are just around the corner! Picking out clothes for the family can be intimidating and stressful, but I promise it doesn't have to be! I perused some of last year's fall sessions for some handy tips to keep in mind when shopping for outfits. And for more outfit ideas, be sure to take a peek at our Pinterest board.
Don't be afraid to get fancy!
Dressed up or down, you can't go wrong with a flowy dress. Flowy florals are a trend that will never die! Long hemlines were popular last year, but this year has seen that hemline shimmy up just a few inches. Paired with booties, heels, or sandals, you can really take it in so many directions! As for the fellas, they can go full on dapper with a sleek suit, or a little more comfy in a cardigan or patterned button up. Ultimately, wear what makes you comfortable and wear what makes you feel good. That's always the goal!
Pick 1 or 2 main colors, then accent with complimentary colors.
Avoid being too matchy-matchy, but do pick out one or two colors that carry through most or all outfits, then accent with complimenting colors. When choosing a color scheme for my own family, I usually start with finding the perfect plaid shirt for my husband. From there, I base my outfit around the colors in the pattern. I typically go with solids and layers, so I can mix and match pieces that either match or compliment some of the colors in the plaid shirt. Same goes for choosing my son's outfit!
Coordinate large groups by breaking them into smaller groups.
Planning outfits for large groups is a difficult task, but it's definitely do-able! Break it down into groups to make things easier. You don't want everyone wearing patterns, so try to give a little order to the planning. For example, the men wear patterns, the ladies wear layers, and children wear solids with accessories. This way you'll get a healthy mixture of everything! As for colors with groups, pick a theme--complimentary colors, all neutral, neutral with complimentary accents, same color but different shades and tones, etc.
A few more things:
Always accessorize! You can never go wrong adding accessories to outfits. Bring on the scarves, necklaces, earrings, and headbands. It makes outfits unique and it adds depth to your photos! Also, I often have people ask if it's okay for more than one person to wear patterns, and the answer is yes! Of course you want to avoid putting patterns on everyone, but pattern mixing is a great way to go when they complement each other!
Ultimately, these photos are representative of your family, and you want your outfits to be the same! Don't stress. Pick things that make you feel confident and comfortable! And if you're still stumped on what to wear, we're always available to lend some professional advice. Just holler at us and we'll be happy to help!