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29 Picture Perfect Christmas Outfit Ideas

Last Updated: Aug 17, 2018

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—time for holiday dinners, thoughtfully wrapped gifts, snow dusted Christmas decorations and more! As you make new memories and enjoy family traditions, take time to treasure every moment of this season and capture it forever with a special photoshoot.

Book a session with your favorite photographer, then take some time to consider what to wear for Christmas photos. Whether you’re taking glamour solo shots, cute couple photos or full family pictures, we’ve gathered 25 Christmas photo outfit ideas to inspire you. From simple and cozy to upscale and formal, you’re sure to find the perfect Christmas picture outfits for you and your family.

Once you pick your outfits and snap some photos to capture this wonder of the season, put it on a foil-stamped Christmas card to delight your friends and family.

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Cozy In Plaid

Christmastime may fall in the cold of winter, but there are still plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy with your family. Bundle up in red and black plaid, paired with neutrals like gray and white, to be both cozy and fashionable for outdoor family photos, caroling and more.

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Christmas Party Attire

Many Christmas parties have a touch of upscale formality, so don’t be afraid to dress up a little more than you’re used to. Pair neutral colors in a fun print with a fashionable pair of heels for a look that’s festive and classy.

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Sweet As Candy

If you’re searching for Christmas photo outfit ideas for kids, seasonal treats can provide some sweet inspiration. Candy cane-inspired red and white stripes are a fun and classic look that is adorable on family Christmas cards.

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Keep It Simple

If you have a busy day of shopping planned for after your photoshoot, plan a Christmas outfit that’s comfortable and simple. Wear a white blouse and a pair of red boots to capture the spirit of the holidays while keeping your feet warm and dry in the snow.

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Announcing Baby

Is your favorite Christmas gift one that won’t arrive until next year? Share the news with family and friends by including ultrasound photos in your family pictures. A floor-length gown will show off your bump, while a coordinating color scheme ties together the look for your entire family.

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Play With Textures

Christmastime is a great opportunity to play with textures and patterns in your outfit. Pair a soft plaid shirt with an airy, polka dotted skirt for a look that’s warm and bright. Don’t forget your favorite pair of heels to complete the look!

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Classic Christmas Sweaters

While “ugly Christmas sweater parties” are all the rage these days, a classic Christmas sweater never goes out of style. When choosing what to wear for Christmas photos, look for a basic red cable knit or a simple design in just a few colors.

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Be Yourself

While looking for Christmas picture outfits online is a great place to start, the best way to look and feel your best is to simply be yourself. Big sunglasses, hoop earrings and a form fitting maxi skirt in Christmas colors is a look that is as unique as it is beautiful.

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Family Traditions

As you plan the perfect outfit for your family Christmas photo shoot, don’t forget to pick out a few props! Family traditions—like leaving out cookies and milk for Santa—can provide great inspiration for these finishing touches.

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Holiday Sparkle

As twinkling lights go up around your neighborhood, remember that this is a season for sparkle! Glitter and metallics are an on-trend way to play up your personality when choosing what to wear for Christmas photos.

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Christmas as a Couple

If you’re taking photos with your significant other, you’ll want to look for Christmas outfit ideas that complement one another. For example, if one person wears a seasonal pattern or colors, the other can wear something neutral and warm so that neither of your outfits look too busy in pictures.

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Modern Yet Classic

If you pride yourself on being a fashionista, opt for Christmas outfit ideas that put a modern spin on a classic look. Here, structured sleeves provide a modern feel while the red pants and striped top keep it timeless.

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Bundle of Joy

Not sure how to dress your bundle of joy for the holidays? A tiny pair of leg warmers in a classic holiday sweater pattern will make for adorable photos for baby’s first Christmas.

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Consider the Backdrop

When planning family outfits for Christmas card photos, don’t forget to consider your backdrop. If your setting is already bright and seasonal, opt for neutral outfits that let your family shine.

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Merry Menswear

Christmas is the perfect time for men to embrace fashion. Sweaters, overcoats and scarves in various patterns but complementary colors are a great way to dress your best this holiday season.

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Matching Your Little One

You don’t have to have Christmas picture outfits that match in every way in order to complement your little one. Pick a particular item—like a plaid vest—that matches, then complete the rest of the outfit to fit your individual styles.

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Pretty in a Peacoat

Do you have a favorite peacoat that you love bundling up in throughout the winter season? Pair it with your Christmas picture outfit for a look that’s seasonally appropriate and stays true to your everyday style.

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A Touch of Gold

If your Christmas outfit is fairly neutral in color and patterns, take it up a notch with your accessories. Sparkly gold earrings, bangles and a watch dress up this red and white outfit in a stunning way.

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Layer Up

Winter is a bright and happy season, but it’s also cold! Keep warm during Christmas photos by layering a cozy vest over red and black plaid. Dark jeans and bright red boots complete the look perfectly.

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Santa’s Favorite Accessory

Once you get dressed in your Christmas photo outfit, reach for Santa’s favorite accessory—his classic red and white hat! This will add a playful touch to your photos and look great on your personalized Christmas card.

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Silver Bells

Gold is a popular choice for many people at Christmastime, but don’t forget about its close cousin silver. This sparkly silver skirt pairs beautifully with a soft cream sweater for a grownup take on Christmas outfit ideas.

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Dressed for Snow

Taking Christmas photos in the snow is a wonderful idea, but don’t forget to plan an outfit that’s as comfortable as it is cute! Red boots and a knit beanie will look great in pictures and keep you warm as your photographer snaps away.

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Bold in Black Velvet

When everyone else is dressing up in red, green and white, you can stand out from the crowd by opting for a bold, all-black outfit. Look for velvety materials to keep your outfit winter-inspired.

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Just Right in Red

Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed when deciding what to wear for Christmas photos or parties. A solid red dress paired with neutral accessories is always just right for the holiday season.

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Mix and Match

As long as no one outfit is too busy on its own, don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns, textures and colors in your family’s Christmas photos. This family mixes neutral sweaters with a bright coat and blue jeans with a sparkly skirt, yet they complement one another perfectly.

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Dark Colors in White Snow

If you’re lucky enough to experience a white Christmas, be prepared for your Christmas photos to have a bright white background. Plan an outfit that layers a variety of dark, neutral patterns to contrast with the fluff and flakes around you.

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Christmas Chic

Formal clothes make for chic family Christmas photos, but freezing temperatures can make this look hard to pull off outdoors. Instead, head to a local indoor studio and use fake snow to capture the magic of the season in your Sunday best—without shivering in the wind!

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Room to Grow

If it’s baby’s first Christmas, select an outfit that highlights his or her tiny size. Dress your little one up as a miniature snowman, then take some photos alongside an adorable plush character. Next year, take another photo with the stuffed snowman to see how your babe has grown!

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Sweetly Striped

While candy canes may be the first thing you picture when you think of stripes at Christmastime, don’t be afraid to stray from the typical red and white. Neutrals mix with a metallic gold for a look that is sweet, classy and perfect for the season.

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Now that you have plenty of Christmas outfit ideas to choose from, book a photographer or grab a friend who is great behind the lens. Once you get the photos, spread some holiday cheer by sending Merry Christmas cards to loved ones near and far. The pictures are sure to bring a smile to your friends’ and family’s faces while providing a special keepsake to treasure for many Christmases to come.