What Should You Wear?
The most frequently asked question is, "What should we wear?" Coordinating your outfits can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be! This page covers tons of tips to help you with styling.
To kick things off, here are some sample clothing boards and color palettes to jump-start you as you plan your family’s clothing. For fall/winter, Karyn loves deep, warm tones like blush, burnt orange, plum, and mustard. Spring/Summer is perfect for lighter tones like coral, buttercup yellow, petal pink, aqua, cream, and gray. Keep scrolling to see some examples of clothing ideas below. These were found online to cover options for women, men, boys, and girls. The color palettes below will totally work whether you’ve got two people in your family, six people in your family, littles, bigs... all of it!! If you get stuck figuring out how to use these sets for your own crew, please feel free to reach out! ♥ If you’re stuck, ask for help!
Many stores offer free styling assistance (J Crew and Nordstrom are two great options that have clothes for the whole family). Karyn also loves helping her clients choose their outfits. Just text (from 9am- 6pm please!) or email her photos of different possibilities and you can solve the puzzle together!
GENERAL CLOTHING TIPS
WANT A FAIL-PROOF FORMULA?
Put most of the family in different neutral shades (i.e. ivory, gray, beige) and then add a few pops of coordinating color/pattern. See the sample palettes further down this post!
START WITH ONE PERSON.
It’s way easier to visualize the whole puzzle once you know what one piece looks like! Try starting with mom or daughter, since women’s clothing tends to have more colors and prints. Does mom have a power color? She should wear it!! Then begin to style everyone else around it.
COMPLEMENT, DON’T MATCH.
The day of all white shirts and khaki pants/jeans are long past! We want colors that generally complement each other: so for instance, soft colors (light blue, gray, blush) or warm colors (brown, orange, burgundy), If you want colorful images, then you should choose a more vivid color scheme for your outfits! Generally, solids work best. Pops of pattern can definitely look great, but if you’re looking for a fail-proof family combination, go with solids. To keep things from looking boring, include textures (think chunky knits, tulle, lace, etc). Avoid too many tiny prints, especially small plaid and small stripes. Baseball caps, large logos, and neon colors are discouraged.
STICK TO ONE OUTFIT.
While I don't mind if you absolutely MUST make an outfit change, I would discourage it. Don’t make things more complicated than they need to be! All you need for an awesome family session is one fantastic outfit for everyone. Changing outfits will take time away from your shoot and can put your kids in a grumpy mood, especially those littles! #trustme
CONSIDER YOUR HOME DECOR.
If you’re planning to hang your images in your living room that’s decorated in all white, you probably don’t want your clothing to be dark. Think about the colors where you will display your photos and coordinate from there. Will the colors you choose clash? Or will the compliment the overall color palate in your home?
PLAN FOR THE WEATHER.
Nothing is worse than being miserably uncomfortable in a perfect outfit. If you’re planning an outdoor session in November, think about coats, gloves, and hats. In the summer, dress in layers that you can easily take off if you get too hot. Texas weather is notoriously unpredictable in the short "fall" and "spring" months (Do those seasons even really exist?!!), so be ready to add a layer or subtract if need be! An extra pair of leggings under pants adds an extra layer of warmth and will keep kiddos happier!