Some moms are born to shop and style their babies.
And others-like me-enter a store, get overwhelmed, and make a
mental note never to do that again. Ever. But simply refusing to
shop becomes difficult because, well, kids can't wander around
naked these days.
Thankfully, there's a new Chicago company that appears to have
been created specifically for shopping-phobic moms. And since I've
got a photoshoot set up for my daughters that's less than a month
away-but no clothing for anyone-I contacted the owners of The Little Style File
to see if they could help.
Here's how it works: You fill out a quick questionnaire
about your family's style (I wanted trendy, fun, coordinated,
relatively inexpensive outfits), and for $40 for the first look and
$20 per additional look, they'll send you an email with photos and
links to outfits for your family so you can buy them without
stepping foot in a shop.
Kristin Cheuvront and Betsy Breuer, the co-founders of The
Little Style File, answered a few questions regarding how to style
your family for a photoshoot.
What are your best tips for choosing outfits for
Let each person in the family's personality shine through.
Pick outfits that compliment the photoshoot location and
accessorize-even the kids. Hats, ties, headbands, adorable shoes,
jewelry can make a photo.
Is there anything we should avoid (too many
patterns, too matchy)?
We think everyone should have their own individual look
and patterns should compliment, not compete.
How can parents find outfits for their kids'
shoots that are coordinated but not identical?
Go with a favorite color and base the outfits off that. Or
look on your favorite sites for a `family outfits' section and pull
pieces from the same collection.
What should parents wear for the shoots? Should
they match the kids?
Parents don't need to fade into the background. Wear
prints and colors that reflect your own style and make you feel
confident. That confidence will show in your pictures.
Where do you get your inspiration for
From our kids and what they love, magazines, television,
event locations and staying on top of what is in style.
What are your favorite Chicago-area clothing
The Red Balloon and Psycho Baby in Bucktown. Young
Tootsies in Barrington is great for kids' shoes.
Danielle Braff lives with her two daughters and husband in downtown Chicago.
See more of Danielle's stories here.
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