Today, we’re excited to have a special guest writer share some thoughts for the holiday season. Let’s welcome Kelsey Bethune – along with her husband Jared and sweet baby Crew! Kelsey is the blogger behind Sitting In Our Tree and one of the talented stylists/planners at Tart Event Co. We recently collaborated on a shoot to share their input on what to wear for holiday cards in the city. We’ll let her take it from here:


Holiday Card Outfits – Advice from Kelsey:

When we start thinking about our family photo sessions, we start with time of year and location, then move on to colors, textures and patterns.

For the most part, we try to dress to the location, so we’re not wearing formal attire in a field (although sometimes, that can look really incredible!) and, when it’s something like photos for our holiday cards, outfits that are a little festive. We wanted to really highlight the vibe of our beloved DC neighborhood for this shoot. We focused on the DC wardrobe (classic, preppy, work attire) and incorporated sweaters along with fall/winter textures to accentuate the autumnal backdrop.

Holiday Card Outfits with Sitting In Our Tree and Tart Event Co

I’m the most hard-to-please when it comes to shopping for outfits, so we typically base our color palette off of what I’m wearing. I’m definitely the queen of this castle! 😉

When I settled on a pink sweater and black skirt, I knew that we’d play with variations of both those tones – resulting in working in grey-blacks, pink-burgundies and taupe-brown between the three of our outfits. From there, we laid out patterns. Crew’s fair isle sweater helped us narrow down Jared’s tie selection – along with knowing that a burgundy or neutral color would look best. We settled on a polka dotted tie to work with his subtly pin striped trousers (which we knew he needed to wear because they were the darkest grey he owns).

I really believe that a strong color palette and the right touch of pattern/texture mixing is what brings any photo shoot to life.

Holiday Card Outfits for Families | Sitting In Our Tree

Kelsey’s Styling Thoughts:

  1. Pick at least two or three colors – and don’t use all the colors on each outfit. There should be color overlap, but it should not be matchy-matchy!
  2. Work with different shades of one color within that color palette. Don’t be afraid to use “off season” colors! There’s no reason to stick to green and red.
  3. Try burgundy & sage, light blue & gold, peach & sea foam, charcoal & olive for your next photo shoot!
  4. If possible, try to pick out your card design or a few card designs before your shoot. This way, if you know portrait vs. landscape, off-center, lots of head room, etc., your photographer can try their best to give you multiple options that work with your design of choice!

Holiday Card Outfits with Sitting In Our Tree and Tart Event Co

Images by Style Refined Co.

Kelsey’s lookJ. Crew (Turtleneck – similar 1234), H&M (Skirt – similar 123), ASOS (Shoes – similar 123)

Jared’s lookEnzo Custom (Trousers, Shirt), SuitSupply (Tie – similar), SuitSupply (Cardigan – similar 123), SuitSupply (Shoes)

Crew’s look: H&M (Sweater – similar 123), Old Navy (Pants – similar), Freshly Picked (Moccasins)

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