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What to Wear for Holiday Photos: 15 Outfit Ideas

Our 2020 holiday cards. We always go a little fancy for holiday photos…love how Michael looks in a blazer.

What Should I Wear for Holiday Card Photos?

It’s a question I get often. If you have a fall/winter shoot planned, we’ve rounded up 15 of our favorite outfits for you and your littles. Here’s my strategy:

  • Dress Mama First!
    • It’s always about the littles and this is your time to get a new outfit and shine
  • More is More When It Comes to Coverage
    • Long sleeves and a midi length dress allows for you to move freely without worry about your angles! Fabric is flattering.
  • Coordination is Key
    • I love a good mama and me match more than anyone, but for holiday photos and cards, outfits that complement each other without literally matching are sophisticated and timeless.
  • Don’t Forget The Mr.
    • Learn from my mistakes…Michael has beautiful jackets/sport coats, but we’re always struggling to pick which pants he should wear the night before (and they’ve ruined some of our photos if I’m being critical). This year I’ve scheduled time with him a month out to nail down what he will wear.
  • Hair and Makeup Helps
    • I don’t always get professionals involved, but I’m always happiest with the photos when I do!
  • Pick a Place You’re Comfortable
    • Lean on your photographers for recommendations but sometimes taking pictures in your own yard or home yields the best results. Less stress and less room for wrinkles.
  • Add a Prop
    • If you’ve got little littles that aren’t walking yet (like I did last year with Jennings), have a chair as a prop so you can get some sibling photos without mama and dad in them!
  • If All Else Fails…Use an Existing Photo
    • Some of my favorite holiday cards are photos that aren’t taken specifically for the occasion. I like holiday photo sessions because it marks the moment in time for our family, but it’s not worth losing sleep over if you pick a pretty photo of your kids (with or without you in it!).

And now…the outfits!

Gingham...Check

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Nice and Neutral

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Fancy and Feminine

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Navy Lady

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Green and Serene

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Red the Room

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Baby Boys

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Green Goddess

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Cute and Casual

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Fancy Nancy

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Pink + Cream

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Sweet in Seafoam

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All Autumnal

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Classic and Chic

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New Neutrals

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Emily Hertz is an Atlanta-based, NYC-born lifestyle blogger with a passion for party styling and an affinity for all things beautiful. Explore Emily’s fashion favorites, entertaining ideas and tot-friendly finds.

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