Mom Style Files: Family Photo Fashion {#msfiles}

It’s that time of year again. The leaves are raked, the kids are hopped up on Halloween candy and I begin stressing about our holiday cards.

 

Family Photo

 

For years we’ve done a photo card. Last year, I didn’t have a decent family photo so I ended up using a collage of Instagram photos. However, in the previous years I’ve coordinated a family photo.

 

The family photo is a sore point in our house. My husband isn’t the photogenic type, and the kids … well they are kids and have a hard time staying still. I’m cool with the whole thing and even love having my picture taken. However, finding coordinating outfits for my family is enough to make me wish we were nudists.

 

Easton Family 2012
Photo by Towler Photography

 

I’m all about a coordinated look. Not necessarily matching argyle sweaters, but a general color scheme is good. My family on the other hand is all about convenience. My husband would be content with a hawkeye t-shirt and jeans while Big E loves a good pair of sweat pants.

 

Since these are photos that will be published on Christmas cards I’d rather not have us looking like Granimals in different colors and patterns.

 

This month I’m making it my mission to find the perfect outfits for our family photos; something that will make the hubs and kiddos comfortable while satisfying my Pinterest-type standards.

 

If you are stressing out about holiday family photos too, stay tuned. I’ll be sharing a few of my favorites from Pinterest and some of my favorite photographers will share their tips and tricks too.

 

So tell me, do you and your family agree on family photo fashion?

 

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Mom Style Files: Three Tips for Mixing Patterns {#msfiles}

MSFiles Rule Breaker

 

So, how have you been doing breaking the fashion rules?

 

Have you worn white or combined gold and silver jewelry?

 

Out of all the rules the one I have the hardest time with is mixing patterns. I talked about this last summer when I combined floral shorts with a striped shirt {gasp}. Once I realized no one was going to point and laugh, I decided it might be time to be a bit braver.

 

Here are my top three tips on how to mix patterns.

 

Mixing Patterns

 

1. Compliment don’t Compete

The key to coordinating patterns is to allow your patterns to compliment each other not compete with one another. For example a large floral pattern shouldn’t be worn with a large stripe. Always keep one pattern smaller than the other, and a good rule of thumb is to only have two patterns in one outfit.

 

mixing patterns 2

In the outfit above I paired large polka dots with a pair of gray pinstripe pants. As you can see from the photo, the pants almost look just plain gray and take on a neutral palette.

 

2. Be Subtle

Accessories are nice subtle way to mix patterns. A printed scarf with a coordinating top, or leopard print belt with a striped cardigan are a great way to dabble in pattern mixing.

 

3. Stay in the same color family

This is my top guideline for mixing patterns. I typically pick one color and try to work around it, black makes an easy base color. The key is to look cohesive and not confusing. If you have too many contrasting colors and patterns you will look more clown than chic.

 

This week I’ll be following these tips and sharing my outfits on Instagram search #msfiles to follow all our Mom Style fashion tips and become inspired.

 

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Mom Style Files: Be a Fashion Rule Breaker {#msfiles}

MSFiles Rule Breaker

 

“You really shouldn’t wear that,” my grandmother had told me. “You can’t wear white after Labor Day.”

 

I remember at the time being a little irritated that I couldn’t wear my favorite white pants longer than three months. Luckily times have changed and there many fashion rules that are meant to be broken.

 

As a mom I find I’m not much of a risk taker. Sure I wear white after Labor Day, but there are a few fashion rules I’m a little apprehensive about breaking like …

 

Rule Breaker

Don’t Mix Gold and Silver Jewelry

 

Rule Breaker

Combining Navy and Black or Black and Brown

 

Rule Breaker

Mixing patterns / Florals and stripes

Rule Breaker

Sparkle is just for night

Rule Breaker

Don’t wear horizontal stripes

 

It’s time to be a risk taker. This month’s Mom Style File Challenge is all about breaking the fashion rules.

 

Are you up for the challenge?

 

Take a chance and wear some white tomorrow.

 

Share your photos on Instagram and tag me @RedheadReverie or use #msfiles and you will be featured in the monthly round up.