Greetings, Happy Scrappers!
Polly Liana here with some quick ways to stretch your dollar when gathering clothes for your kids’ photo shoots. With the great weather reaching many of us these days, it’s fun to get your kids outside and the some fun photos of them for framing, gifts, etc. However, you don’t want to have to plunk down hundreds of dollars on dance fashion clothing that your kids are only going to wear a couple of times. I’ve gathered a bunch of tips that will help you save money and still have your kids look like a million bucks. Full disclosure: I have two girls so I don’t have as much experience with boy’s clothing. However, I’m including a bunch of tips that apply to everyone.
1. Avoid overly trendy looks and cartoon characters. Sure, your Elsa dress might look cute on your daughter now but after a few years, there will be a new “it” character. Keep the looks timeless so they’ll look great hanging on the wall for years.
2. Keep tones similar and avoid neon tones. Imagine how unflattering it would be to put a bright yellow balloon right below someone’s chin in a photo. That’s the effect neon clothes have on skin tones. When choosing color schemes, stick with similar tones like jewel or pastel tones.
3. Pay attention to details. You can put together the best outfit but if your child is wearing scuffed up shoes, it can distract from the whole look.
Shopping on a budget:
1. Think outside the box. Cloth napkins can be wrapped around waists or worn like bandanas. In fact, this little layered “dress” below is actually an apron that I got on clearance at Pier One! 2. Raid your own closet. Kids can wear adult scarves and even some knit hats. This hat and headband were purchased on clearance at a women’s fashion shop.
3. Tutus ROCK. If you can find them on sale, get them. They dress up any style, they can appear soft or edgy and look great with everything from ballet flats to boots.
4. Gather accessories! A simple little headband or necklace may be all you need to get a classic image.
5. Shop clearance and discount shops. This may seem like a no-brainer but some people avoid clearance because there might be damage or it’s ill-fitting. Remember: this is a photo shoot! Your children will not be wearing the clothes for very long and it’s easy to hide flaws. (the sweater below had a rip in the back so I got this cute outfit for almost nothing. You’d never know!)
I hope this list has helped inspire you to gather up some fun looks for your kids’ photo shoots without spending a ton of dough. Have fun with it! You never know what you might find.
Have a great weekend,