Tips For Styling Kids For Holiday Cards

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I love receiving Holiday Cards with sharply-dressed children and families; they’re one of my favorite parts of the holiday season. It’s equally fun for me to style Gabe up for our holiday cards, photograph him, and mail them to our friends and family. Do you find it tough to style your family for holiday cards? It can be challenging to coordinate outfits, but OshKosh B’gosh makes it easy to coordinate with a wide variety of sizes from newborn through size 12. Here are some of my favorite tips for creating a little holiday style for kids, and photographing your own holiday card. I’ve also included a list of questions that you should ask your children during the holiday season; it’s fun to record them while they’re dressed up and observe how their answers change from year to year.

holiday style for kids

I’m very traditional when it comes to holiday decorating, cards, and even clothing. I love the red and green color combination, and the addition of plaids. When I visited OshKosh, I was immediately drawn to the Fair Isle sweaters and Buffalo Plaid prints. I purchased several pieces that could be coordinated with several outfits. I even spotted a few items from Carter’s that also complemented pieces from OshKosh.

holiday style for kids

holiday style for kids

Gabe’s favorite part of his outfit was the corduroys; he loved that they were soft and “comfy”. We had to purchase them in every other color for winter wear.

  • When coordinating outfits for multiple children or family members, decide on a color palette and stick to it. Everyone in the photos shouldn’t wear the exact same thing. By choosing a coordinating color palette, it makes it easier to shop at the store (or from your closet).
  • Don’t be afraid to mix patterns, but everyone in a single photo shouldn’t wear a print. Consider mixing a floral and plaid in coordinating colors. Collections like those available at OshKosh often have multiple pieces in one print. (The cute buffalo plaid print bow tie in the first photo was also available in a button up, pictured below).
  • Consider your background when choosing outfits. You don’t want to blend in so much that you disappear.
  • Remember the small details. Consider adding pieces like belts, scarves, headbands bows, or pretty jewelry; pieces such as these often complete the outfit, and can add interest to an image.
  • Don’t purchase items that are uncomfortable. It’s hard enough to photograph a child and keep them happy simultaneously; it’s nearly impossible to photograph a child in an “itchy” sweater or dress.

holiday style for kids

holiday style for kids

holiday style for kids

holiday style for kids

holiday style for kids

holiday style for kids

We shot a short video of Gabe answering a few questions about Santa Claus. It’s so fun to see how vividly he believes in Santa and it will be fun to see how his answers change from year to year. You can watch the video in the widget at the top of the page; his answers are quite animated and slightly hysterical. Here is a list of suggested questions to ask your own child (I can’t take credit for all the questions, many were suggestions from OshKosh):

  • Do you believe in Santa Claus?
  • How do you get to the North Pole?
  • Where does Santa live?
  • Why does Santa have a big belly?
  • How do Santa’s reindeer fly?
  • Do you think you’ve been naughty or nice?
  • How does Santa get in the house?
  • What present would you like most for Christmas?
  • What do Santa’s elves learn when they go to school?
  • Where does snow come from?
  • How do you build a snowman?

So which photo do you think we used for our holiday cards? Have you photographed your holiday cards this year? If you haven’t, it isn’t too late. Head to your nearest OshKosh retailer and check out some of the gorgeous kids clothing that they have in store. You can also use this coupon to save 25% off any purchase over $30. They also have a gift guide to help make coordinating outfits and shopping for presents a little easier. #BgoshBelieve

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  • Reply Jessica @eatsleepbe 04/12/2015 at 6:44 pm

    Great tips – and fantastic photos!

  • Reply hchybinski 05/12/2015 at 9:45 am

    Those are so cute – I love that wreath one!! And I’ve always wanted to try a black and white one . . .

    • Reply Jess 05/12/2015 at 1:43 pm

      Thanks. The wreath photo was an accident. He was in a bad mood and I was trying to get him to smile, so we started acting silly.

  • Reply Hilary 05/12/2015 at 4:28 pm

    Great photos! He’s such a dapper little dude. We started taking our photo at this historical mansion/museum that is decorated for the holidays every year. It’s something we can plan for and the girls always get Hanna Anderson outfits from my mother in law. It makes all the planning so much easier when we have the same place and same style of clothes.

  • Reply Sarah 05/12/2015 at 10:07 pm

    Great tips and STUNNING photos!!!! Gabe is so handsome!!

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