Holiday Wardrobe Style Guide


Get ready to create cherished memories with our upcoming children and family mini photography sessions! We have curated four enchanting sets that cater to various styles and themes, ensuring a delightful experience for everyone involved. Whether you’re looking for a dressy and elegant atmosphere, a cozy bedtime scene, or an outdoor winter wonderland, we have something special in store for you. We have created this Holiday wardrobe guide so we can help take the guess work and stress out of planning for your holiday session.

“Dreaming of a White Christmas”

Step into a world of sophistication and grace with our dressy and elegant cream-toned set. This exquisite backdrop, adorned with hints of gold and silver, sets the stage for a truly timeless and refined photoshoot. Perfect for capturing those formal family portraits or precious moments with your little ones dressed in their finest attire, this set will leave you with stunning photographs that reflect the beauty of the holiday season.

Wardrobe Guide for our “Dressy” Set

little girl in a peach dress in front of a christmas tree
little girl in a white dress in front of a christmas tree

Cream-Toned Dressy Christmas Photography Set with Gold and Silver Accents

Cream and Neutrals:
Start with a base of cream and neutral tones to match the elegant ambiance of the set. Outfits in shades of ivory, champagne, beige, or light gray will create a refined and timeless look. Consider cream-toned dresses, dress shirts, or pants as the foundation for their outfits.

Metallic Accents:
Incorporate gold and silver accents to add a touch of glamour and tie in with the set’s theme. Choose accessories like belts, headbands, hair clips, or shoes in metallic shades. These accents will elevate the overall look and create a festive vibe.

Traditional Christmas Colors:
For a subtle nod to the holiday season, integrate traditional Christmas colors such as green and red. Choose muted or deeper shades of these colors to maintain the dressy and neutral aesthetic. Consider incorporating these colors through accessories like bows, sashes, or ties.

Monochromatic Elegance:
To create a sophisticated look, opt for monochromatic outfits in shades of cream, beige, or light gray. Dressing the kids in a single color palette will create a cohesive and elegant appearance. Add metallic accents like gold or silver jewelry or accessories to enhance the overall style.

Formal Attire:
Consider dressy and formal attire for the kids, such as tailored suits for boys or dresses for girls. For boys, choose dress pants, crisp white shirts, and blazers in neutral tones, and accessorize with metallic ties or pocket squares. For girls, opt for elegant dresses in cream or neutral colors with gold or silver details like lace, sequins, or bows.

Luxurious Fabrics:
Select luxurious fabrics to elevate the dressy look. Consider materials like silk, satin, tulle, or velvet. These fabrics will add texture and a touch of elegance to the outfits. Ensure that the fabrics are comfortable and allow freedom of movement for the kids.

Delicate Details:
Focus on delicate details that enhance the dressy aesthetic. Look for outfits with lace accents, ruffled sleeves, embroidery, or subtle beading. These intricate details will add sophistication and make the outfits stand out.

Coordinating Siblings:
If photographing siblings, aim for a coordinated yet individualistic look. Choose outfits in similar color palettes or styles to create a cohesive theme. Consider variations of cream and neutral tones with subtle variations in textures or details to allow each child’s personality to shine through.

Complete the dressy look with appropriate accessories. For boys, opt for suspenders, bow ties, or cufflinks in metallic shades. For girls, add accessories like hair ornaments, statement necklaces, or elegant handbags. Choose accessories that complement the cream, gold, and silver color palette.

Remember, the goal is to create a dressy and sophisticated look while still embracing the holiday spirit. Pay attention to the comfort of the children, and ensure that their outfits allow them to move freely. With these guidelines, you’ll capture stunning photographs that exude elegance and joy during the festive season. You can find our Pinterest board for this set here.

Christmas Storytime

Step into a captivating outdoor winter wonderland with our enchanting set featuring a giant storybook. Whether you prefer a dressy or a more casual look, this versatile set offers endless possibilities. Against the backdrop of a snow-covered landscape, surrounded by trees and twinkling lights, your family will be transported into a magical world. Let the pages of the storybook come to life as we capture candid and playful moments that will be cherished for years to come.

little boy in front of a giant story book riding on a vespa
little girl dressed in holiday wardrobe in front of a giant page of a storybook

Wardrobe Guide for our “outdoor scene”.

  1. Dressy Look: For a dressy and elegant style, consider the following suggestions:
  • Dresses and Skirts: Choose dresses or skirts in rich fabrics like velvet or tulle. Opt for colors that complement the winter theme, such as deep blues, burgundy, or emerald green. Embellishments like lace, sequins, or embroidery can add extra charm.
  • Formal Attire: For boys, dress them in tailored trousers, button-down shirts, and blazers. Choose classic colors like navy, charcoal gray, or deep burgundy. Add a touch of winter flair with a coordinating tie or bow tie.
  • Accessories: Incorporate winter accessories like faux fur stoles, capes, or shrugs. These can be worn over dresses or blazers for an elegant touch. Finish the look with dress shoes or boots in neutral tones.
  1. Casual Look: If you prefer a more casual style, try these outfit ideas:
  • Sweaters and Cardigans: Select cozy sweaters or cardigans in earthy tones like brown, oatmeal, or forest green. Opt for chunky knits or cable-knit designs. Layering these over shirts or dresses adds warmth and comfort.
  • Denim and Corduroy or knits: Choose jeans or corduroy pants in neutral colors like navy, gray, or khaki. Pair them with sweaters or plaid shirts for a relaxed and comfortable look. Knit textures also photograph beautifully.
  • Winter Accessories: Complete the casual look with winter accessories such as hats, scarves, and gloves. Opt for chunky knit hats, colorful scarves, and mittens or gloves in contrasting or complementary colors.
  1. Winter Elements: To infuse the set with a wintery feel, incorporate these elements into the wardrobe:
  • Hats: Choose winter hats like beanies, pom-pom hats, or berets in wool or knit materials. Look for colors that complement the overall color scheme, such as deep reds, greens, or neutrals like gray or cream.
  • Scarves: Wrap your little ones in cozy scarves made of wool, cashmere, or knit fabrics. Consider plaid patterns or solid colors to add visual interest.
  • Fur Coats and Vests: Faux fur coats or vests in neutral tones like white, beige, or gray can provide a touch of luxury and warmth. Layer them over outfits to create a stylish winter look.

Remember, comfort is key when dressing kids for a photography session. Choose fabrics that allow freedom of movement and keep them warm in the wintery setting. Don’t forget to have fun and let their personalities shine through as they step into the magical world of the giant storybook. You can find the Pinterest board here.

Searching for Santa

Experience the magic of Christmas with our whimsical “Searching for Santa” bedtime scene. Imagine your children, donned in cozy pajamas, eagerly searching for signs of Santa’s visit. This heartwarming set is designed to capture the excitement and wonder of Christmas Eve. With soft lighting and festive props, we’ll create a cozy atmosphere that will make your little ones feel right at home. Get ready for adorable candid shots and precious smiles that will warm your heart.

little girl in a bedtime christmas scene with santa flying outside of her window
little girl praying by her bed waiting for santa

Wardrobe Guide for Bedtime Scene

For this set capturing the cozy and festive spirit is key. Pajamas are the perfect choice for creating a comfortable and charming look.

  1. Festive Pajama Sets: Select pajama sets in festive colors and patterns to evoke the holiday spirit. Consider options like:
  • Classic Plaid: Choose pajamas in traditional plaid patterns featuring colors like red, green, or navy blue. These timeless patterns instantly create a cozy and Christmas-like atmosphere.
  • Holiday Prints: Opt for pajamas with whimsical prints showcasing holiday motifs such as snowflakes, reindeer, Christmas trees, or candy canes. These prints add a playful touch to the photographs.
  • Matching Family Pajamas: For a unified and heartwarming look, consider dressing the whole family in matching pajama sets. This creates a sense of togetherness and makes for adorable group photos.
  1. Fabric Choices: Choose pajamas made from soft, breathable, and comfortable fabrics that allow kids to move freely. Look for options such as cotton, flannel, or jersey. Avoid scratchy or irritating materials that may make children uncomfortable during the photoshoot.
  2. Pajama Styles: Consider different styles of pajamas to suit your child’s preferences and the overall aesthetic:
  • Classic Two-Piece: Two-piece pajama sets with a button-down or long-sleeved top paired with pants are a timeless choice. Opt for designs that have subtle details like piping or contrasting cuffs.
  • Onesies or Sleepsuits: Onesies or sleepwear that cover the whole body provide a cozy and adorable look. Look for designs with holiday-themed patterns or character prints to enhance the festive vibe.
  • Nightgowns or Nightshirts: For a more feminine and whimsical touch, choose nightgowns or nightshirts in comfortable fabrics. Look for designs with ruffles, lace accents, or charming details.
  1. Accessories: Add playful and festive accessories to complement the pajama sets and complete the look:
  • Cozy Slippers or Socks: Choose soft and warm slippers or fuzzy socks in coordinating colors or holiday prints. These accessories will not only add comfort but also enhance the cozy ambiance.
  • Santa Hats or Sleep Caps: To emphasize the Christmas theme, consider including Santa hats or sleep caps as fun accessories. These can be worn alone or alongside the pajamas.

Remember, the goal is to create a warm and inviting atmosphere that captures the joy and coziness of Christmas Eve or bedtime. With the right selection of festive pajamas and accessories, you’ll be able to create heartwarming and memorable photographs that reflect the magic of the holiday season. You can find our Pinterest Board for this set here.

Bells Will Be Ringing

Step back in time with our enchanting “Vintage Holiday Village” photography set, tailored for children, where every photo captures the essence of a bygone era. Transport your family into a world of nostalgia and holiday cheer, all within the quaint setting of a charming village.

Genuine moments of holiday joy, laughter, and wonder will be preserved as cherished memories, perfect for creating heartwarming holiday cards that look like vintage postcards.

Wardrobe Guide for Outdoor Shopping Scene

This set is all about those Vintage Christmas Vibes and transporting you to an outdoor shopping village straight out of a storybook. Amidst a quaint little shop adorned with festive decor I imagined these little cherubs being dolled up in their little hats and mittens. You can find our Pinterest Board for this set here.

  1. Dressy Attire:
    • For a polished and elegant look, consider classic dressy outfits.
    • Boys can wear tailored suits, dress shirts, ties, and dress shoes.
    • Girls can opt for holiday-themed dresses, cardigans, Mary Jane shoes, and hair accessories like bows or headbands.
  2. Casual Attire:
    • For a more relaxed and cozy vibe, choose comfortable, casual clothing.
    • Boys can wear sweaters, plaid shirts, jeans, and comfortable sneakers or boots.
    • Girls can go for warm, cozy sweaters, skirts or leggings, and comfortable boots.
  3. Vintage-inspired Ensembles:
    • Embrace the vintage theme with retro-inspired outfits.
    • Boys can wear suspenders, bowties, newsboy caps, and knickerbocker pants.
    • Girls can don cute vintage-style dresses, tights, and Mary Jane shoes.
  4. Accessories:
    • Add charm to the outfits with accessories that match the Christmas village theme.
    • Scarves: Woolen scarves in festive colors can keep kids warm and stylish.
    • Hats: Vintage-style hats such as berets, cloche hats, or Santa hats can be playful additions.
    • Mittens: Keep hands toasty with mittens or gloves in coordinating colors.
    • Tights and Socks: Patterned or textured tights for girls and warm socks for boys can complete the look.
    • Props: Don’t forget props like sleighs, gift boxes, or lanterns to enhance the scene.
  5. Color Palette:
    • Stick to a festive color palette that complements the Christmas village setting.
    • Traditional reds, and greens evoke the holiday spirit. Navy also works very well with this set.
    • Earthy tones like browns and creams can add a vintage touch.
    • Avoid overly bright or neon colors that may clash with the surroundings.
    • Plaids of all colors will be great here as well!
  6. Comfort and Mobility:
    • Ensure that the chosen outfits allow children to move freely and comfortably.
    • Layer clothing for warmth, so kids can stay cozy during the outdoor shoot.

Places I love to Shop for Childrens Wardrobe!

There are also lots of sites that I personally love to shop when styling my own family’s holiday portraits. Below you can find a list of really great places to find outfits for your little one’s  Some of the sites are rental sites, so please plan accordingly with the date of the shoot.  Each rental company has different renting policies, and you want to make sure you have the rental for the date of your shoot!
Raineys Closet

Bentley And Lace
Children’s Clothing and Newborn Clothing at Janie and Jack
Your Fairy Godmother (
ZARA United States | New Collection Online
H&M | Online Fashion, Homeware & Kids Clothes | H&M US (
Stella Maris – Stella Maris Tutus
Little Dreamers Tutus – Custom Flower Girl Dresses (
Hand Knitted Clothes For Children And Babies | MIOU Knitwear For Kids – Miou Kids
The Paper Doll Clothing
TheCarriageHouse (
Etsy – Shop for handmade, vintage, custom, and unique gifts for everyone
Dollcake – Dollcake US
Hand Knitted Clothes For Children And Babies | MIOU Knitwear For Kids – Miou Kids
Jupetitpop |-Spanish Babywear , Shoes & Accessories
Kid’s Luxury Clothing Brand– Petite Maison Kids ( Miel Clothing – Opening Soon
Smocked Sweets – Boutique Style Clothing – SmockedSweets (
Girl August
Three By The Sea Clothing – Opening Soon – Instagram- @threebytheseaclothing
Designed with Love, Made for Memories – Love and Grow Clothing Co
Children’s Designer Clothing and Accessory Rental at Rainey’s Closet (
Welcome to the World of Tutudumonde – Tutu Du Monde US
La Petite Wardrobe
Spanish Baby Clothes | Designer Spanish Kids’ Clothing La Coqueta Kids

Now that we’ve got the styling out of the way. Here are some tips to help prepare your child for their session.  

  • Make sure kids are comfortable in what they are wearing. If your child hates what they are wearing it’s going to show in the photos. That may mean scrapping that adorable hair clip or the sweet bow tie that just makes the outfit perfect…trust me, happy kids make better photos than accessories. Also, dress with the weather in mind. You want to make sure your child isn’t too cold or hot. Have all of your outfits picked out before the day of your photo shoot so you are not adding any more stress to your day.
  • Have everyone fed and bring extra snacks. It’s hard to calm down hangry kids! Make sure they’ve had plenty to eat before arriving and bring lots of extra snacks. Try to bring snacks that are small and not messy. For babies, bring along an extra bottle.
  • Bring lots of water! 
  • Talk to your kids before about the photo shoot. Give your kids a head up before the day of the photo shoot about what we’ll be doing and talk to them about how much fun it’s going to be. If your child is old enough, set the expectation of how you would like them to behave during the shoot
  • Let your child smile naturally! Ok parents…this is a big one!!! Resist the urge to say things like “Don’t smile like that, give me a real smile”. The best way to get a ‘real smile’ is to actually make your child laugh or smile. So instead of telling them how they should look I focus on being silly and eliciting genuine emotions from them.
  • Bribes and Rewards. Bribes are an excellent way to have children behave nicely during a photoshoot. Lollipops, toys, ice cream afterwards…anything that you child finds exciting and can be rewarded with after the photo shoot is a great way to get them to comply with all of the things we ask them to do during the shoot.
  • Stay Positive and have fun! Your kids will pick up on your mood so try to take some deep breaths and relax and enjoy the experience. Nothing needs to be perfect. I’m capturing your family just as you are at this point in time.

I hope you’ve found this email helpful! If there are any questions, I encourage you to reach out!  Give me a call, or shoot me an email, I love hearing from you!
Looking forward to seeing you all!

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