Stay clear of fluorescents. They tend to color-cast on faces, necks, hair, and can be harsh sometimes. I recommend versions of primary colors. Yellow (mustard), red (maroon, brick), and blue (navy, royal).
Stay away from wearing a lot of green when having photos taken in grassy or wooded areas. It’s just too much green. Green as an accent color is great, though! You want to stand out amongst all the greenery you’re surrounded by.
Wear what you feel good in! If you aren’t comfortable in what you’ve chosen for pictures, it will show. If you can’t find a dress you feel good in, but you rock a good pair of skinny jeans do that. If you can barely walk in heels, then wear some cute and comfy flat boots or pretty sandals.
To get started with the wardrobe for you family, start with one outfit you really love. Build from it everyone else.
Layers add dimension and depth. In the summer, layer your dress with a cute belt or pendant necklace. In the fall and winter, cardigans, belts, statement necklaces, scarves, hats, blazers, etc.
Purchase clothes to fit, and fit well. Know your assets, and show them off!
Don’t be "matchy-matchy", coordinate. Wearing the same colored shirt, pants, shoes, etc. can look a bit awkward. Coordinating color is what really brings a wardrobe together. I suggest choosing one or two main colors and maybe one accent "pop" of color.
Dress for the weather, and be flexible. Be prepared to be flexible with wardrobe in case you have to switch it up last minute .
Dress your kiddos in clothes that fit perfectly, not with room to grow. I know it’s hard buying clothes for kiddos that don’t leave a lot of room for growth, seeing as they grow so fast. However, keep in mind that for pictures, too large of a polo shirt, saggy ill-fitting jeans, or a jacket that’s falling off the shoulders can look sloppy.
Timeless always has a place. A smock dress that belonged to Great-Grandma, a plain white lace dress with a simple bow, a plain diaper cover. Naked baby! These outfits (or lack thereof) will always stand the test of time, and will never go out of style.
Layers are just as important for a child's wardrobe as it is for yours. Hats, glasses, vests, bow ties, cardigans, tights or leggings under a skirt add dimension and look adorable.
Shoes are a very important part of wardrobe. If you have the cutest little trousers and button down for your son to wear for pictures, but put his favorite pair of Disney tennis shoes on him- it makes the whole look lose cohesiveness. Stay away from character shoes, flip flops, and crocs. My recommendation for shoes are boots, leather sandals, Converse All-Stars, Toms, Sperrys, and Mary Janes. Barefoot is always an adorable option as well, especially with babies.
Take into consideration the weather. If you have plans for a cute sundress for your daughter and the weather ends up being 20 degrees colder than you were anticipating, switch it up a bit by adding layers. Tights, boots, scarf, slouchy hat, cardigan. Dress appropriately for the weather that day, even if it doesn’t go with your original plan. If your child is sweating profusely in a sweater during his shoot, he won’t be happy. And on the same token, if your child is wearing a tank dress and the weather dips too much in the evening, she’ll be a grump, and it’ll reflect in the final images.
The most important part of putting together your child’s wardrobe is allowing their personality to come through in what they’re wearing. If your daughter has a favorite pair of boots, let her wear them (at least in a few pictures). If your child loves to wear hats and sunglasses, bring them! Whatever makes your child their own adorable, individual self, let’s capture those things!