When I saw this style request come through our email, I just couldn’t resist. Mom has a “rustic country” session scheduled this spring and was a little overwhelmed at the idea of coordinating outfits for her three girls (ages 6, 4, and 2). Since we recently found out that we will be adding another little girl to our family, let’s just say that I have coordinating girls’ outfits on the brain! Not to mention, being a native Texan and lover of all things country, I thought this would be a fun challenge.
I opted to go with more of a “country chic” vibe for a couple of reasons. First, here in Dallas (where the request came from) we tend to throw in a little fashion and shabby chic appeal to our version of country, and secondly, I think these outfits will have a wider appeal beyond a country theme as well. Simply switch up some accessories, and you could take this wardrobe in a completely different direction.
I first found the adorable plaid dress at Tea Collection and decided to use that as my base color palette. You can find so many options right now in these colors, and that’s always important when you are trying to pull together outfits. I liked the idea of throwing in a layer with the denim jacket – it lends a little country credibility and helps to break up the pattern amidst the other outfits. If it’s warm when the session rolls around, one or two rolls on the cuffs can let a little air through and look really cute.
I pulled colors from the plaid dress to put together the other two outfits. I didn’t want to put all three girls in dresses – I think mixing it up with a skirt and top looks more natural and adds some depth and texture to the entire ensemble. Then I went to Etsy to find some adorable hair accessories to finish everything off.
Footwear is the place where you can really cement these outfits as all-out country or modernize them a little bit to fit almost any backdrop. I’ve shown a few options here. First, you can go for a truly authentic country look and get the real deal kid’s cowboy boots. I actually have the boots shown below for my daughter, which she wore in our family portraits last spring along with a cute dress and denim jacket. They were a little pricey for me, but worth the splurge to really make a statement. You can also “glam” the boots up a little bit too. I’ve shown some boots with embellishments and sequins from Target as a possible option. These aren’t going to be authentic boots, so they are a little more affordable. Lastly, if you want to stay away from boots, look for something like these tan gladiator sandals. They still have an organic feel to them, which fits well with the outfits as a whole, without screaming cowgirl.
Of course, we would love to hear more ideas on how we can help you style your next session. Shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and you might just see YOUR family dressed on our next post!
Taupe Playa Dress $35 Tea Collection
Cream Bolero $26.95 Gap Kids
Pink and Rust Rolled Rose Hair Clip $13.50 Ruby Blue Inc. (Etsy)
Dusty Coral Ruffle Sleeve Top $29 Tea Collection
Tiered Denim Skirt $29.95 Gap Kids
Beige Chiffon Rosettes Headband $6.95 The Fairy Factory (Etsy)
Playa Plaid Dress $49 Tea Collection
Denim Jacket $27 Gap Baby
Cream Lace Vintage Headband $10 BuggaBugga Boutique (Etsy)
Authentic: Old West Children’s Cowboy Boots $41.99 Shepler’s
Glam: Brown and Pink Deloria Boots $19.99 Target
Sandals: Suede Gladiators $24.95 Gap Kids