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Winter Getup Guide 2011


The time for holiday portraits is here! As our phones ring more and more for holiday appointments, one of the most common questions we get on a daily basis is: “what should my kids wear?” Last year we decided to offer an online guide to holiday portrait wardrobe selection. This year, I added to those looks and updated the existing ones, creating an “idea board” for each style, and following up with examples of how our real clients executed those outfits in the past few weeks. So, here you have it– 11 different looks for this year’s holiday portraits. There’s something for everyone and I hope you find it useful in putting together the look that best suits your family. Enjoy!
1. Cute N’ Casual
Comfortable is always in. Some Moms have the philosophy that if it’s not the kind of thing worn every day, you don’t need to include a dressy outfit in your family memories.

Above: (a) baby raccoon outfit from Gymboree, (b) oxford shirt dress from Janie and Jack, (c) “think sweet thoughts” from Gymboree, (d) “petite chic” set from Carter’s, (e) lumberjack outfit from Carter’s
How our members are doing it…

Get the look: women’s cable knit cowlneck top, man’s plaid shirt, and girl’s cardigan from Macy’s; boy’s plaid flannel from Gymboree

Get the look: layered tops from Catimini

Get the look: Striped maternity top from Motherhood, thermal pullover hoodie by Ralph Lauren

Get the look: boys striped shirt from The Children’s Place, boys black corduroy pants and baby girl gray jumper from Janie and Jack
2. Perfectly Preppy
These “preppy” looks are portrait staples! Simple and clean, they are easy to match, and add a touch of formal.

Above: (a) “check him out” set from The Children’s place, (b) stripe whirl dress from Crewcuts, (c) sweater vest set from Saks Fifth Ave, (d) button tab bubble jumper from Janie and Jack, “velvet girl” outfit from The Children’s Place, (f) tweed girl’s set from Janie and Jack, (g) rugby shirt and jeans from Carter’s
How our members are doing it..

Above: baby oxford shirt by Ralph Lauren, pull-on denim cargo pants from Crazy 8

Get the look: black cardigan from American Apparel, ruffled blouse from Macy’s, metallic leather flats from Zappos

Get the look: Argyle vest and plaid shirt from Dillard’s
3. Santa Baby
If you celebrate Christmas, the holiday season makes you think of Santa. And when you have small children, or a baby especially, you still have 100% control over their wardrobe–they won’t protest because they still don’t know any better. So during this opportune time, there are no limits when it comes to a themed wardrobe! Here are several ways to involve a little Santa magic in your baby portraits.

Above: (a) Santa dress from Target, (b) “I ♥ Santa” bodysuit from Carter’s, (c) personalized snowman long johns from Red Envelope, (d) red ribbon tutu from Gymboree, boy’s santa suit from Target
How our members are doing it..

Get the look: “Santa’s favorite” onesie from Target

Get the look: Faux fur velour dress, striped leggings, and ruffled red socks from Gymboree; striped santa hat from Oriental Trading

Get the look: Bonnie Jean Santa dresses from Macy’s (red Santa hats available in the studios)

Get the look: Penguin apparel from Crazy 8

Get the look: personalized baby long johns from Personal Creations
4. Pajama Party
The ultimate combination of cute and comfort, this “Christmas morning” theme is sure to be a big hit with the little ones!

Above: (a) Santa’s helper Gymmies from Gymboree, (b)gingerbred Gymmies from Gymboree, (c) bear sleep set from Gap, (d) Christmas sleep & play from Carter’s, (e) smocked plaid pajama set from Janie and Jack, (f) snowman pajama set from Janie and Jack, (g) fair isle fleece one-piece from Gap, graphic fleece sleeper from Old Navy
How our members are doing it…

Get the look: striped long johns from Hannah Andersson

Get the look: personalized pajamas from Red Envelope

Get the look: Santa sleeper from Old Navy

Get the look: Plaid pajama set from Lord & Taylor

Get the look: girls and boys pajama sets from Old Navy
5. Autumn Adventure
Maybe you’re looking for a hint of whimsy, a wink of weather, or you want layered looks that you can use again in the spring. Here they are! This is a great way to mix girls and boys looks that go together but aren’t identical.

Above: (a) flight school and (b) “go furry” from the Gap, (c) utility parka from the Children’s Place, (d) “fly boy”, (d) “ice princess”, and (e) bear one-piece all from–you guessed it–the Gap!
How our members are doing it…

Get the look: faux fur sweater hoodie from Gymboree

Get the look: girl’s cherokee dalysha boots and boy’s suede moccassins from Target

Get the look: flannel shirt and puffer vest from Gymboree, converse sneakers from shoes.com (earflap hat available for use in the studio)
6. Rosy Cheeks
We’re getting warmer! If you’re all-out ready for a white Christmas, here are some looks that are cute, cozy, and warm.

Above: (a) “cuddle up” set from the Gap, (b) “winter cabin” set , (c) pom pom sweater jumper, (d) “wild & cozy” set, (e) “snow ready” set, and (f) candy ear muffs from Gymboree; (g) dog hat from the Children’s Place, (h) fuzzy rainbow slipper boots from Carter’s, and (i) pom pom boots from Gymboree
How our members are doing it..

Get the look: hooded puffer vest by Gymboree, thermal graphic top from the Children’s Place, polka dot hat from Gymboree

Get the look: faux fur hooded vest and fur boots from Gymboree

Get the look: puffer vest from Gymboree and orange hoodie from Old Navy

Get the look: cableknit sweaters from the Gap
7. Hip Holiday
Were your kids the first among their friends to sport silly bandz? Do they go to school in jeggings? Do they Skype regularly? Do they play Angry Birds in between Skypes? If your answer was “yes” to any of these questions, this is what they might want to wear for their holiday portraits. Then again, they might not. These are the “coolest” looks we could find (but we wouldn’t take the risk of calling them that in the company of your kids).

Above: (a) “fancy free” outfit from the Gap, (b) “rollin’ in style” set from Crazy 8, (c) “knitty pretty” outfit from the Children’s Place, (d) blue puffer outfit from Crazy 8, (e) “passing notes” from the Gap, (f) “prepped for fun” from Crazy 8
How our members are doing it…

Get the look: sweater dress and fringe boots from Hanna Andersson

Get the look: Gray cardigan from Brooks Brothers, striped shirt from Nordstrom

Get the look: furry vest and courtyard tile dress from the Tea Collection, floral tights from Hanna Andersson.. or, try this tunic and legging set from Neiman Marcus

Get the look: faux fur trapper hat from the Gap, twill print cap from Crazy 8
8. Rock & Revelry
Does your bedtime lullaby repertoire include “Dream On” or “Sweet Child of Mine,”? Was your family KISS for Halloween? If so, you might be more inclined to go bold and wear a funkier look. Don’t be afraid to let the “true colors” of your family shine. The holidays can rock too!

Above: (a) boys’ party outfit from H&M, (b) leopard jacket and matching items from the Children’s Place, (c) “sequins are a hoot!” outfit from the Gap, (d) Skull crew sweater from the Gap, (e) skull socks from Babylegs, (f) panda tutu set from Target, (g) rainbow leg warmers from Babylegs
How are members are doing it..

Get the look: “moo” tutu and cowprint headband from Etsy, cow onesie from Awesome Graphics, Red Converse Chucks from Dillards

Get the look: star top and tulle skirt from the Gap, Converse all-stars from Zappos

Get the look: sock monkey hat from Amazon, skull graphic tee from Old Navy

Get the look: Skull sweater from the Gap

Get the look: bubble knit striped dress from Janie and Jack
9. Winter Ball 1921
Finally, we’re into the classic formal styles. There’s a reason these looks have been around for almost a century.

Above: (a) toddler boys’ 4 piece set from Target, (b) “finely plaid” wool blazer suit and (c) brocade bubble dress from Janie and Jack, (d) drop waist sweater dress from the Children’s Place, (e) pink tulle dress from Crewcuts
How our members are doing it…

Get the look: glitter tutu dress from Khol’s, black newsboy cap from Little Lids

Get the look: chiffon ruffle dress from Old Navy, metallic bow shoes from Janie and Jack, plaid duppiono dress from Gymboree, bucket hat from Janie and Jack

Get the look: Tiered ruffle dress from the Gap

Get the look: Fluttered tiered dress from the Gap
10. Winter Ball 1941
As we travel in time, we come to this glamorous era that is now coming back in style. These looks will make cousins, aunts, and grandmothers alike swoon.

Above: (a) peggy and (b) joliette dresses from Crewcuts, (c) boys black suit from Target, (d) “A+ look” from the Children’s Place, (e) rose dot dress from Janie and Jack, (f) bowtie bodysuit from H&M, (g) blue bow dress from Gymboree
How our members are doing it..

Get the look: diamond sweater vest and pleated red dress from Gymboree

Get the look: boys plaid fedora from Zappos

Get the look: Plaid dress and bow headband from Gymboree
11. Winter Ball 2011
Last, but not least, here are some beautiful special-occasion looks from today. Festive and fun, these styles mark a holiday season to remember.

Above: (a) velvet vest and (b) polka dot sequin dress from the Children’s Place, (c) sweater vest set from Nordstrom, (d) rosalie and (e) blue sequin dresses from Crewcuts, (f) nautica four-piece suit from Lord & Taylor, (g) ombre ruffled tulle dress from the Gap, (h) burberry blazer suit from Saks Fifth Ave
How our members are doing it..

Get the look: black top party dress from H&M, gold party dress from the Gap

Get the look: black sequin dress from the Gap

Get the look: Rose dress from Nordstrom

Get the look: boys pinstripe vest set from Lord & Taylor
Now it’s up to you! Have fun selecting your holiday outfits, and don’t forget you can also select your holiday cards ahead of time by visiting our online greeting card gallery. Happy shopping and we hope to see you soon!

77 thoughts on “Winter Getup Guide 2011

  1. I love the pictures of my granddaughter you have taken over the years. I always look forward to seeing what the poses will be for each new year. The photographers are fantastic!!!!! Thanks for adding to our Christmas joy!

  2. I love all the pictures that I’ve had done of my daughter and can’t wait to go get our holiday photos taken this week!

  3. LOVE LOVE LOVE Portrait Simple!!! This was my first year having Portrait Simple do my Christmas pictures!!! I was very happy with the outcome!!! The girls at the North Attleboro, MA studio are so good with my children! I’ll be back in March for my daughter’s First Communion pictures!!!

  4. Love all the ideas! We love having our pictures taken at the Rockingham location!

  5. beautiful photos…every single one! The glittered background is fabulous!

  6. Love the outfit ideas. Your pictures always come out great. These are our 1st portrait simple holiday pictures tomorrow and can’t wait!

  7. Portrait Simple always has great ideas for the holidays, love the pajamas! We love all the photos when we get them done, we won’t go anywhere else.

  8. Love the tips!

  9. Thanks for the great ideas! We can’t wait to send our Portrait Simple cards to friends and family (mailing them December 1st)!

  10. We went with and elf outfit. It came out adorable! :)

  11. I love all the clothing ideas – that is by far my biggest obstacle when i bring my son or our family to get pictures taken – I love Portrait Simple – Keep doing the great job your doing!

  12. Just loving all these outfit and photos.. Great ideas! Can’t wait to try!

  13. I love all of these portraits and to outfit ideas, definitely a great inspiration on what to wear for your session!! =)

  14. Thanks! You all are the best, our pics always come out so lovely when we go to portrait simple! Happy holidays!

  15. Such super ideas – we love coming there to get our daughter’s portraits done!

  16. Love kid pics! So fun to look back at how our kids grow so fast! I also like the pj idea.

  17. These pictures look fabulous! What wonderful ideas and thanks for posting–will make choosing outfits much easier!

  18. Very cute! I love the Christmas shots.

  19. We just had our pictures done in the Natick, MA location and they are wonderful – So glad we did them in a casual holiday style!

  20. Great post, excellent outfit choice ideas! Thanks. We are huge fans of the Braintree location.

  21. Love the pajama shots! All of these outfit ideas are great!

  22. I love the pajama idea…we used hour hat and scarf for an asedlmd Christmas. Card one year, too.

  23. Love all the great ideas ! The holiday season is really about the kiddo’s & they all look Amazing :)
    Love Portrait Simple for making life a little less hectic around the holidays :)

  24. Love, love, love portrait simple! Never had a bad.shoot! They are great with our three kids, too! When we come I usually pick out dresses for my two daughters and then the rest of us coordinate around them.

  25. Great ideas, adorable outfits!

  26. Seeing all these beautiful photos brings a smile to my face!!! My daughter and I look forward to getting our portraits done at PS.

  27. So many cute ideas… I cant decide what is my favorite!! :) Merry Christmas!! :)

  28. What a wonderful guide! Loved that mentioned where many of the outfits were from. I have been struggling to find some Christmas pj’s that I liked so it certainly helped. I know we plan on getting our pictures done at Portrait Simple in the next few weeks.

  29. I so look forward to our sessions at Portrait Simple! Coming in soon for our annual Christmas shot!

  30. Love my Christmas pics!!

  31. Awesome pictures ! Can’t wait to get my little mans holiday pics done ;). Love all the outfits

  32. Thanks for the ideas! Came in handy as I was preparing for our holiday pictures that we did today in Natick!

  33. Looking forward to having our pictures taken next week. Still trying to put together outfits for the kids–this is great!

  34. I love the Christmas Morning idea!

  35. I love how my holiday pictures came out of my daughter and the ones of all three of us! :)

  36. We love the exceptional staff and excellent quality of pictures!

  37. I love the cute and casual for family pictures, I will definitely be using that idea

  38. Can’t wait to get our pictures taken next weekend!

  39. can’t wait to bring Noah to SSP on monday for his christmas photos!

  40. Great ideas! Can’t wait for our next session!

  41. I love portrait simple! You guys take the best pictures of my son!

  42. Great ideas – we love your Natick location – the staff is just super to work with!

  43. I love the pj idea! Great outfit ideas for holiday parties! Thanks

  44. Great Ideas! We would love to get more pictures done at portrait simple this holiday!

  45. I like to dress the kids comfortably in everyday clothes. That’s how we’ve gotten the best pictures with their personalities shining through.

  46. I like to dress the kids in layers when taking pictures at Portrait Simple. We usually couple a nice pair of jeans with a preppy sweater, and then I put something a bit more casual underneath. That way we get some formal-ish pictures at first, and then take off the sweaters and get some more casual pics later in the session when the kids loosen up.

  47. Super ideas – we really appreciate the fantastic staff at Portrait Simple – you make it all so easy!!

  48. Love the ideas! We went with comfy/winter – jeans and a scarf. Super cute!

  49. I love the casual and preppie looks

  50. great ideas. I love all the different looks you presented. I LOVE the idea of doing a PJ picture!

  51. Great ideas!

  52. Christmas pj’s! I never would have thought of that – thanks for the tip :)

  53. holiday clothing should be formal and dressy for a very special event. Bright and colorful

  54. I love Portrait Simple!!!! They always take the best pictures and always have the best idea’s for taking great photo’s!! Can’t wait to take my daughter for her holiday pic’s, there are always so many great ones to choose from and its always tough deciding on which pic’s to get!!! I love the pajama party idea, I might just have to do that!! Thanks Portrait Simple.

  55. Simpler is better! Let your gorgeous kiddo be the focus, not that sweater with the 3-d polar bears!

  56. Portrait Simple captures smiles and my children’s’ personalities that no other studio photographers have been able to capture with my children. (As seen with the photos above in this blog.) They create the magical moments and deliver portraits that are priceless. The photographers are always highly professional and great with children. My family and I will be back for many more sessions to come.

  57. Love the Santa baby look! Some great pics and great ideas for everyones style!

  58. I <3 Portrait Simple. My Christmas cards came out perfect!! You guys are AMAZING!!

  59. My fave is the one with the santa hats and the kids being playful. I’d love to get a shot of my kids like this!

  60. I love this post, definitely gives me lots of inspiration for the holidays as well as other times throughout the year! Great job!

  61. Greet ideas!!

  62. Great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  63. Love it!

  64. Love it

  65. would love to come down for a combined holiday maternity picture session

  66. This has been great…so many ideas now going thur my head. Will need to book an appointment very soon. Love the pictures. You guys are great!!

  67. What cute ideas for pictures, I would of never thought of some of those outfits to wear!! So cute!! My favorite is the winter outfits with the scarfs and hat!!

  68. I had my daughter’s pictures taken in her pajamas last year and loved them. I like the pics with the winter hats and the baby in the furry boots and red vest. I have some ideas in my head now for my daughters’ pics this year. Thanks.

  69. Great ideas! We love getting our girl all dressed up and have lots of outfit options and props for this years Xmas pictures!

  70. I love all the tips that you give. It can be stressful getting ready for pics, but this really helps!

    • I like to pick two colors and make sure all (5) of us have at least one of those two colors in our clothes so we can complement each other
      Ps love that I get 40% off in september. Feels so good to have my holiday pics complete : )

  71. Thanks for the tips!!

  72. I like my kids to wear what they’re most comfortable in– we get more natural pictures that way

  73. Great ideas!! Love your blog and member photos!

  74. LOVE the pajamas!!!!!!

  75. I love the personalized PJs idea!

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