Formal Styling for Christmas Photos

What to Wear for Christmas Photos :: Formal Styling Edition

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When it comes to holiday and Christmas photos there are so many different options for styling. There is, of course, matching Christmas pajamas. There’s casual and cozy with Christmas sweaters. And there’s formal styling options for Christmas photos. Today’s blog post is all about the last option. When it comes to more formal outfits for holiday family photos, there are some important things to keep in mind. For one thing: comfort is key! If your little one is uncomfortable during portraits, trust me, you can tell. It’s always a good idea to err on the side of comfort. But you know your little one best, so you know what they can handle.

Christmas and Santa Claus mini sessions are only about 15 minutes, so keep that in mind as well. While that means less time for them to wear their formal look for Christmas photos, it also means less wiggle room to get them situated. Also keep in mind the weather and temperature. I can (and do) keep my studio nice and cozy warm. But if you’re coming for my Tree Farm mini sessions, I cannot control the weather outside!

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These siblings had such a great formal look for their Christmas photos!
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A great example of keeping it semi formal

There are so many great options when it comes to formal styling for Christmas photos. H&M, Zara, Janie and Jack, and so much more. Below I’ve compiled some ideas I like–both individual pieces, full outfits, and even some matching options for siblings. Some trends I’m definitely seeing this year include gold, sparkles, bows, lots of plaid, classic silhouettes, and lots of texture!

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These brothers always look perfectly stylish for their Christmas photos.

Formal Clothing Options for Holiday Photos

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I love this white and gold look for formal Christmas photos.

There are so many different directions you can go with when it comes to formal styling for Christmas photos. Whether you’re looking to stay festive with reds and greens, switch it up with some blue, or even stick with neutrals and metallics. No matter what your personal style is, I’ve got you covered. Scroll through, click the photos for links, and enjoy!

For more Christmas styling ideas check out my styling guide from last year for some inspiration. And click here for my Christmas Photos Pinterest board, too!

Looks for Girls

Looks For Boys

Matching Formal Outfits for Siblings

When it comes to dressing numerous children, planning outfits can take on a whole other level of complicated. A lot of stores and companies have matching outfits for different age groups and it makes life so much easier. Gymboree has some really cute formal options that are perfect for Christmas family photos.

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This little man has such a perfect outfit for formal Christmas photos!

Looking for ideas and inspiration for formal styling for Christmas photos? Crabapple Photography has been offering both in-studio and outdoor holiday and Christmas portrait sessions for over a decade. Crabapple Photography in Andover MA serves clients from around the area including CambridgeNorth AndoverPeabodyBoston and beyond. We strive to make all sessions as fun and stress free for the whole family as possible. This includes helping our clients with everything from styling ideas to choosing prints and products after the session. Contact Kate today to learn more.

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