The Reader: mother of two darling daughters (aged two and three months) and adorable corporate attorney Emily, who resides in Raleigh, NC.
The Mission: find an outfit suitable for an outdoors family photo session next week, one that works with the (insanely adorable) nautically inspired outfits Emily has chosen for her wee ones as well as the North Carolina deathhellheat.
Dude. DUDE. Are your ovaries ready for this?! Hold on tight, ladies. I'm serious. Here are the daughter outfits we're planning around:
|both from Janie & Jack, both EEEK please bring me a baby girl right this very second darling.|
Given my penchant for (some would say "problem with") dressing all-nautical, all-the-time, I was only too eager to take on this challenge. Conveniently, I'm also friends with Austin wedding & family photographer extraordinaire, Ziem, so I pestered her at our toddler swim class with questions about how to dress for a family photo shoot. She's going to do a post with more specifics about that on her blog, but in the meantime, here are a few insights:
Some general tips about dressing for family photos:
- complementary outfits, like the (SO CUTE) girls' ones here, without being matchy-matchy identical is ideal
- patterns and accessories add interest
- avoid all-white tops and bottoms for parents; which tends to look vaguely ghost-like when holding children
- if going the jeans route, go darker for a more timeless look
For this mama's outfit specifically, she recommends:
- potential color combinations: pink + navy; emerald + navy; navy + red + white; navy + red + grey
- maxi dress with sport coat
I took the idea of the maxi dress with a coat (or cardigan) and ran with it, loving that idea for a few reasons:
(1) maxi dresses give that feminine "dressy" look while providing enough coverage for you to comfortably bend over and fetch your two-year-old (as I learned in a tunic for this shoot, ahem):
(2) maxi + sport coat = ideal for a new mom, who might not be comfortably fitting back into skimpier sundresses yet, let alone have the time for things like shaving or self-tanner (or sleep) yet;
(3) maxi is cool enough for an outdoor summer shoot.
Emily didn't give me any budget specifics, so I divided the first two looks between the more affordable dresses and the spendier ones, mixing in some high / low accessory ideas (not all to be worn at once, of course) with each:
(Apologies for not linking to each item individually under the outfits, but that takes ONE BAZILLION YEARS TO DO OMG; you can simply click on the image or the link below to access each item via Polyvore. In the interest of getting this to Emily before her shoot / the next century, we're going simple.)
A note about nautical: much as I kid about dressing like I'm en route to captain the America's Cup, I like doing this look without being too head-to-toe about it. One or two pieces in that vein is enough without screaming, "I AM NAUTICAL, HEAR ME JIBE HO!" or whatever.
And in case Emily isn't a maxi girl - it can be tricky to get the right maxi fit, particularly for you petite Pretties - I picked out some of my favorite shorter daytime dresses:
How did I do, Emily? Anyone else have something they'd like me to track down?
May you set sail into a terrific weekend, or some other hacky, inexcusable play on nautical terminology. I'm off to try and talk my ladybits off the little nautical girl outfits plank . . .