Styled by L&S: Family Portrait


Mom: dress, J. Crew, here; Dad: shirt, J. Crew, here; jeans, Banana Republic, here; blazer, J. Crew, old, similar here; shoes, Johnston & Murphy, old, similar here; watch, Michael Kors, old, similar here.

Since we’ve started this blog, a few of our friends have asked me to style them. One had a ‘black-tie optional’ wedding to prepare for, two want me to shop with them for a new wardrobe and the latest is a request for help with a family portrait session….As a caveat, I know I can dress myself, that’s not hard. But, do I claim to know how to style other people? No, absolutely not. In fact, the idea of it intimidates me. However, I love these people and I love that they believe I can help style them.

So, I took a whack at creating some style inspiration for the family portrait. Momma Shan already had her deep turquoise J.Crew dress picked out. I love the color and cut for her, and the textured stripes add interest to a classic style. Shan then sent me twelve different options for baby Mila. I chose a white collared shirt with big, bright flowers to be worn with leggings. The colors complement Momma Shan’s dress, without being too ‘matchy-matchy.’ Lastly, using Suede’s wardrobe, we built an ensemble for Daddy DT that brings cohesion to the family portrait. It’s stylish, but not stuffy and suave but not scene-stealing.

Suede’s input: When Lacey and I get dressed up…I never try to look better than her, but I always make sure to complement her style and color choice. And the easiest way to do this is by following two simple rules – 1. Keep main articles of clothing basic – neutral colors and design for shirt, pants and sports coat; and 2. Highlight HER outfit with unique accessories – show personality with a pocket square, socks, watch, belt, etc. Simply put, our responsibility as a male is to help make our lady(ies) look their best!

We’re so excited to see how the pictures turnout — we’ll see if we can share them with you!


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