If you’ve been perusing Pinterest this Fall to find inspiration for plus size outfits for family pictures, you’ve probably been disappointed that there weren’t a lot of ideas out there. I know I was when I started searching for them the first time.
Countless news outlets have cited that roughly 67% of the women in the US are over a size 14. So why are there not more real-life pictures of these women in family photos?? Maybe it’s a fear of being in a photo as a plus size woman. Or perhaps they aren’t sure what to wear to feel confident in their current size.
If the latter is the case for you, I hope this post on plus size outfits for family pictures helps inspire you. Below I’ve laid out my favorite outfit formulas for plus size women to wear in their family photos this year. I also gathered some examples from friends to show you that plus size women deserve representation too!
Plus size fashion has come a long way in the last few years, but we still have a ways to go when it comes to being represented positively on social media, blogs, and Pinterest. I want to help end the lack of plus size family photo inspiration and show you that you can look fabulous for your family pictures this year!
This post is about plus-size outfits for family pictures.
A flowy dress and jean jacket is probably the easiest plus size fall outfit. Be sure to choose a dress with a cinched waist to show off your curves. Extra points if it has a flattering neckline like a V or square neck. Add some layered gold necklaces, a few bracelets, and some gold hoops. For shoes, go with a heeled bootie or pointed-toe flat.
Another flattering plus-size fall outfit is a pair of high-waisted jeans and a v-neck sweater. I love v-necks because they are elongating and high-waisted jeans can help give your hips and waist more shape. For this outfit, I would add a chunky gold necklace, some stackable bracelets, and comfortable flats, loafers, or booties with a pointed toe.
A dressier option would be a high-waisted flowy skirt, tucked-in tank top or bodysuit, and a blazer or moto jacket. For your skirt and top, I would choose something in a solid or simple pattern and then use accessories to play up your look. Add a headband, necklaces, and earrings to spice up the look. Pair this outfit with heels for the most flattering look, or go for a more comfortable flat with a pointed toe to elongate your leg. Pointed-toe booties would also be a great option.
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While starting with outfits for your kids can be fun, choosing your outfit first is best. Find the one that looks great on you and build the rest of the family around it. Let’s be honest; you’re probably choosing what the entire family will wear for these pictures. So pick the one that makes you feel the most beautiful and build from there.
Starting with the color scheme you want to use this year will help you narrow your choices and make shopping easier. Plus, it’ll look great in the finished product! When it comes to Fall family photos, you may stick to warm tones but don’t feel like you can’t play around with them.
Most colors are excellent for fall family photos if they are somewhat cohesive. You might like to switch it up every year to differentiate them. My sister Emily is a photographer and has a great post on planning your family photos outfits. (link Emily’s post)
If you do want to stick with Fall colors, I love the following:
You can add neutral colors as much as you want; they typically don’t muddy the palette. Those colors are:
Keep the dress code cohesive throughout your family’s outfit choices. You can go fancy with heels and a suit or casual with jeans and sweaters, but don’t mix the two. If someone in your family is going to dress up, then have everyone else do the same.
If you’re struggling to find something you love that will look good with your partner’s chosen outfit, remember that adding a denim jacket will immediately make a dress look more casual and a blazer can make it look fancier.
Plus size fashion doesn’t have to be boring. Be bold with your choices and don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone. Below you will find some of my favorite plus size outfits for family pictures with links to buy whatever catches your eye!
Stay away from anything that’s too clingy or doesn’t have any shape. Trends are fun but if it doesn’t make you feel great when you put it on, return it! Jersey materials are used in a lot of plus size dresses but they tend to hug you in all the wrong places.
A brocade fabric or a lace sleeve can give a lot of depth to your photos while also camouflaging an area of your body you don’t particularly love. Yes, we can practice self-love and compassion and still prefer a dress with a sleeve. And both, as Glennon Doyle would say.
Big families might struggle with keeping it coordinated. It can be tricky to get your color palette in check when you have five or more families members to dress. Accessories are the secret weapon to cohesion in family photos.
Consider wearing a scarf to add the dominant color to your outfit if you chose mostly neutrals. A bow-tie or hair bow can pull in color for the kids. Think outside the box and you’ll be able to make it come it come together for everyone.
Remember that a belt or a jacket can go a long way in creating a gorgeous silhouette of your body in photos. If you aren’t sure about it, bring them with and ask your photographer what they think. They’ll never steer you wrong!
Ultimately, I hope you wear something that makes you feel beautiful. Family pictures are meant to capture a moment in time. You want to look back on them and feel happy about how you looked and felt in that moment.
When you feel confident, it shows up in the photos. I hope these tips help you search for the perfect plus size outfit for your family pictures. And remember, no matter what you wear, you will look beautiful!
What are your best tips for finding Plus Size Outfits for Family Pictures? Let us know in the comments below!
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