on November 5, 2020

Christmas isn’t just a day — it’s a state of mind. That being said, it can be hard to think straight with visions of sugarplums dancing through your head. If you’ve felt overwhelmed by the prospect of taking your family Christmas card photos in 2020, then we’re here to help! These Christmas photo outfit ideas are bound to make you look joyful and triumphant on your holiday cards. Nail these coordinating outfits for family pictures and you’ll have a strong urge to create a Christmas photo book immediately. Don’t fight it. Give in and enjoy your iconic Christmas family photos for years to come.

Photo via The Makerista

Go formal

In 2020, getting all dressed up sometimes means changing from your sleeping pajamas into your daytime pajamas. Even if you have nowhere to go, you can still find an excuse to dress your family up for a fancy Christmas photoshoot and remember the parties of years past. The Makerista totally nailed it with her photos!

Photo via The Girl in the Yellow Dress

Coordinate with plaid

This look is oh-so-cozy. Go for a mix of plaid colors to add a little more visual interest to your family Christmas photo. The Girl in the Yellow Dress totally sleighed this look!

Photo via The Sweetest Thing

Include your pets

Your pets are the loves of your life, so include them in a few pics this year. Bring your little pup to the photoshoot, dress him in Christmas colors, and you’ll love how these pictures turn out. Just look at this beautiful shot from The Sweetest Thing.


Scarves are the perfect winter accessory for keeping your neck warm while looking chic as can be. For your Christmas outfit, opt for a plaid or Christmas-colored scarf to tie the look together (no pun intended). Consider a big blanket scarf like the one The Urban Darling uses for a more casual vibe.

Christmas pj’s

Who doesn’t love to stay in with a good movie and some matching jammies?! Take photos of your adorable Christmas pj’s and enjoy these candid and adorable photos.

Matching outfits

If you and your family are cool enough to pull off outfits like these from Happy Grey Lucky, then go all out for your Christmas matching outfits. These twinning looks will leave you smiling for days.

Fair isle sweaters

Stay warm and look cool in fair isles sweaters for your Christmas photos. These sweaters come from knitting patterns in Northern Scotland and have been popular for over one hundred years! Classy Girls Wear Pearls nailed this look with some Hunter rainboots.


Is there anything more perfectly festive than some winter sparkle? Go for gold or glitzy silver like Sheila Conde did in her epic Christmas photo. Get the family to match for a modern, cool holiday card vibe.

Studio photos

Snap some photos with a white background or in a studio and bring minimal props like a wreath or a tree. Ivory Lane even brought her puppy!

Cozy blanket

Stay true to your style by wearing your favorite outfit and then add a blanket as a cozy prop to really bring the holiday feel to your pictures.

Baby’s first Christmas

If you have a little one, wrap them up in a Christmas blanket and take pictures of them snoozing away with visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads. Project Nursery serves up so much inspo with this picture.

Structured coats

Pea coats are staple items when it comes to winter wear, and they look incredible in every photo. Add a structured coat to your wardrobe for your Christmas photos and sleigh the holidays.

Santa hats

Go for a super festive look by adding Santa hats to your Christmas photos. Those bright reds will pop and you won’t even have to worry about a bad hair day! Rachel Lately shows us how it’s done.

Silvers and golds

Silver bells and golden rings fill the holiday season — use them as finishing touches to your Christmas outfits. Follow Life by Lee and find gold and silver jewelry and accessories to wear in your Christmas photos.


A winter wardrobe is never complete without cable knits, lush velvets, smooth satins and fresh cashmere. Play with your Christmas textures this year and choose some textures so luxurious that you’ll practically feel them through the photo paper. No Time For Style gets it.

Red all over

Red is a great color for photo shoots because it really captivates the eye. This Christmas color can look festive and timeless.

Neutrals against the snow

Choose your favorite neutral tones and then take some photos out in the snow for an awesome Christmas look. Melissa Zimmer totally rocked this holiday family photo!


Pull out your faux furs and bring them to your family photoshoot because this textured material makes for a quintessential winter look. Kelly in the City looks incredible in this faux fur vest!

Mixing patterns

Don’t be afraid to mix plaids, stripes and florals this year. You can get some great looks by going bold, and the winter season is the best time to do it.