One of our favorite online retailers for FAB European children's clothing is Tutti Bella. They carry a variety of brands, including Lola et Moi, which I LOVE! They also have a top ten list. So, I thought I would review the Top Ten and let you know which items I think would be great for your kids spring photo shoot.
So, here goes...
For the little girls in the crowd!
First of all, I can see why their top ten is the "top ten". The pieces are effortless and cute. So, it makes perfect sense. I like the casual feeling. And, as you might guess, Lola et Moi is at the top of the list. Below are two very cute little dresses that I think would photograph beautifully.
I will say, if your child has fair skin, this color might be the way to go.
I think this would show off a fair complexion a bit better than the next, which has lots of yellow. The pink is warmer and is almost always flattering on any little girl in photos. It is sweet and is a very cute silhouette. So, I think you can't go wrong with this.
As for the next one, which is also Lola et Moi, this yellow is great for medium to dark complexions in photographs. I just think it would show off dark skin a bit better than fair skin. This color of yellow is a bit "lemony" and whether you are a child or an adult, I think we all know, lemon is a color best left for those with a bit of color to the complexion. I think it makes dark skin glow. Yellow in general, can be nice on all complexions, I even wear it and I am pretty fair. However, I usually choose a warm yellow. I think this one is a bit cooler. So, if you think your child looks great in yellow or has a darker complexion, you can't go wrong with this dress.
Another favorite I love in the Tutti Bella "Top Ten" is the Mish Mish white skirt. I could see this with a variety of tops and it would be great for any little girl. If you have a fair complected little one, perhaps choose a top with pink, orange or warm yellow, all of which would go great with the skirt. If you have a child with a medium or dark complexion, you can go for all of the above-mentioned colors as well as red, blue or green. I say, go for a pop of color with this skirt since it is white. Just pull out a color from the buttons or threads. I think a little tee or halter or peasant top would be great with it. If you are scared of mixing patterns, you can certainly go with a solid for the top. But, I think it would be great to play with a pattern, like a floral or dots. Just try to pull color from the skirt and you should be fine. If you want a clean, summery look, go for a halter or tank. If you want something a bit more preppy, maybe choose a solid tee or solid polo and if you want a bit more of a bohemian look, go for either a halter or peasant top. As for shoes, keep it simple. You can go barefoot or do flip flops, ballet flats or just about anything.
Take a peek at the skirt and you will see how super-cute it is...
Now for the boys...
Bill and I usually say to try to avoid large logos. I worry that it might confuse people and make them think they should avoid graphic tees. I love graphic tees for little boys. I mean...you can put these with jeans, cargo shorts, or almost any bottom and look cute. From Tuttil Bella's top ten, I really like the Monster Industries Kong tee.
I think this pale blue looks good on almost any skin tone. I especially like it on little boys with blue eyes. So, whether you have fair-complected little one or medium or dark, if your son has blue eyes, this will make them POP!
I also love the Small Paul Navy Strong Sailor Tee for little boys. I think this dark blue is great for anyone. And again, it looks great with any bottom.
So, we say, no big logo's. But if you have a hip little boy, these tees are perfect. Every rule we give can be broken. Just use your own judgement. If your son wears these kinds of tees on a regular basis, then why not photograph him in them. You will look back, years from now, and be glad you did.
As for colors for different skin tones, here is a general guideline. If your child is really fair, red or super-saturated colors, like turquoise, can be a bit much. I really like these colors but I will say, for certain cooler, fair skin tones, it can look really harsh. How can you tell if this is your kid? Well, do they have very thin, fair, almost transparent skin? Do their blue veins show a lot? Do they burn when they are in the sun even a little? Those are good signs. I usually say try medium tones like, pinks, medium blues, medium greens, oranges and dark browns. Avoid tan at all costs! This just washes out pale skin. You can do tan on the bottom, just not on top. I also say to avoid black. It is just too harsh. If you want something low key, just choose a chocolate brown instead. It is universally flattering.
These "rules" are not set in stone. If you think red is your kids best color and they are very fair, go for it. Also, if it is summer and your little one has played outside and gotten a bit of color, these colors are usually fine. I would just recommend having a selection of outfits available prior to the photo shoot. I will go through the wardrobe with you to help you make the final decisions.
I hope this helps. I know a lot of you moms stress over clothes. My sister freaks out every time we photograph for her. Even though, we could shoot for her any time. So, I completely understand. She also likes to have one photo that is a little more "refined" with all the kids in it. If this is you, just go simple. Plan on this shot being the first one so we know, if the kids have a meltdown, we'll have it. I always suggest not doing everything matchy, matchy. Mix it up a bit. A good rule of thumb is choose from the same color scheme. Then lay your outfits out on the bed and make sure one doesn't scream out at you more than another. Do they all look good and "equal" together? That is what you want for that "refined" group shot. I will say...I love those unplanned moments when kids are just being kids. So, don't over-think it. I will help out when we arrive.
So, that is it for now. I will discuss this more as I know you will probably want more suggestions. Just stay tuned!
Don't forget to check out the other clothing links on our blog. Where to Find Great European Children's Clothing for your Photoshoot has a list of several online retailers, including Tutti Bella. Also, I have posted several "helpful hints" in the category of the blog titled, Clothing Ideas for Your Photo Shoot. It is a library of recommendations like this one that I think you'll find helpful. You may want to bookmark this page as I will be adding to this often.
So, good luck shopping!
Today's photo is of a very cute little girl. She was sassy and sweet, though this is one of her serious moments! I just love her!
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