It will soon be that time again! Log fires, tinsel, turkeys – and festive photos. If you’re looking for Christmas picture outfit ideas, then take a look at our list for some inspiration. We’ve covered outfits for everyone (both adults and kids!), and we haven’t forgotten about your four-legged friends, either!
1. The Classic Christmas Sweater
I’m not talking about the “ugly,” garish Christmas sweaters here (although if that’s your thing, then go for it!), but the classic Christmas sweater.
Instead, keep an eye out for a basic red cable-knit sweater, or a minimalist sweater designed with a few complementary colors.
2. Christmas Party Clothes
Around Christmas, sparkly dresses and heels come out of closets – so why not exploit this trend?
Don’t be afraid to get dressed up as if you’re going to a Christmas party with your friends. Glitter, sparkles, and sequins look good, but you can also wear a fun print combined with a neutral color. Consider adding killer heels for a great festive look.
Oh, and a bit of photography advice: You might want to blur the background a little so that you really stand out (like in the image above). Try bringing your subject away from the wall and use your lens’s widest aperture.
3. Candy Stripes
Stuck for Christmas photo outfit ideas for your kids? Look no further than festive treats for inspiration! Candy cane stripes in red and white or green are a fun look, and you can add a bit of green to the outfit as a finishing touch.
4. Perfect Plaid
While winter makes you want to stay indoors next to that log fire, there are still plenty of outdoor activities – including family photos. Get some red and black plaid clothes, then combine them with neutral colors like gray for that fashionable yet cozy winter look.
5. Welcoming Baby
Are you expecting a different kind of present this Christmas season? Get some family photos done to show off your baby bump! You can wear a sparkly or festive-colored floor-length gown to really accentuate that bump and have your family dress in a coordinating color scheme.
6. Couple’s Christmas
If you’re looking for couple Christmas photo outfit ideas, then go the classic route of outfits that complement each other. Both of you wearing Christmas patterns or colors would be too much; it’s much better for one partner to wear the reindeer sweater and the other one to stick with something neutral but warm.
7. Baby’s First Christmas
Newborn shoots with a Christmas theme are always popular. While there are lots of adorable Xmas outfits for babies, sometimes it’s best to keep it simple. Try a pair of leggings or tights, or choose a dress in a classic holiday or Nordic sweater pattern. To up the adorability factor, don’t forget the reindeer antler headband!
8. If You Want to Get Ahead, Get a (Santa) Hat
Nothing says “festive” more than Santa’s favorite piece of headgear: his red and white hat!
To add some fun and playfulness to your Christmas photo outfits, grab a Santa hat. Everyone loves a Santa hat, and it will look great on your personalized Christmas cards.
9. Silver Sparkle
While gold is often the color of choice for the festive season, don’t forget about classy silver. Wear a sparkly silver dress, skirt, or pants, and pair it with a cream or white top for holiday elegance.
10. Snow Days
Christmas photos in the snow are always popular! There are just so many options, from snowball fights to building a snowman or making a snow angel. If you’re looking for Christmas photo outfit ideas for a snow shoot, then make sure your outfits are warm and comfortable as well as good-looking!
Boots, sweaters, gloves, scarves, and beanie hats in festive colors or patterns will look great against the snow. They’ll keep you toasty warm during your shoot, too!
11. PJs All the Way
Want a unique Christmas outfit idea? Think about using those holiday patterned PJs you love so much!
If you worked from home a lot in 2021 and did the business-attire-on-top-and-pajamas-on-the-bottom thing for video calls (yes, I did it too!), then why not commemorate this crazy year with your favorite PJ bottoms and a smart work-suitable top?
12. Neutrals can be Festive, Too
Neutrals needn’t look drab. They’re actually a smart Christmas photo outfit choice if you have a busy or colorful background, like a decorated tree or outdoor setting. Too many different colors tend to distract the eye away from the main focus of the photo: you and your family!
Try wearing a mixture of gray and white, or red lipstick with a black top, and have your partner wear blue jeans and a black sweater. Dress your kids in cozy neutral outfits and add some red shoes or sneakers.
13. Santa Paws
Many of us like to include our fur babies in our Christmas pics, and you can get a range of festive accessories for your dog or cat – like patterned collars, holiday sweaters, or antlers. Even a Santa hat is a good choice if you can get your pet to stay still long enough to have the photo taken!
14. Festive Color Palettes
If you want a more modern take on the traditional Christmas outfits, then switch things up with earth-toned clothes. Mix forest green with rust and tan colors for a fail-safe look.
If you prefer a softer-yet-modern color palette, then team dusty blue and blush with light gray and white. These colors look great against the snow, too.
Up the elegance with rich jewel tones. Burgundy, emerald, and golden yellow are colors that flatter any skin tone!
15. Add Some Sunshine
If you are lucky enough to live somewhere that’s warm and sunny in winter, then why not make that a focus of your Christmas photos?
Dress in your best Hawaiian shirts and shorts and get out the ice cream. Consider grilling up a storm on your barbeque in the sunshine (and you can even add a Santa hat to your outfit). If you’re a surfer, get down to the beach with your board for some fun Christmas shots. Sunshiney Christmas photos are sure to make all your shivering friends in colder climates jealous.
Christmas Picture Outfit Ideas: Conclusion
There you have it: 15 Christmas picture outfit ideas for your inspiration. Start planning your Christmas photoshoot now – it’ll be here before you know it!