What to Wear

I had an email from a friend the other day asking about how my family coordinates in our Disney photos and it got me to thinking: I may be a little… um, obsessive compulsive when planning a Disney trip, but one of the first questions I always consider is: What are we going to wear?

First, let me say that if I had young children, I'd be going broke buying custom Disney clothing from Etsy sellers. That stuff is the cutest, most adorable clothing I've ever seen and the pictures would be amazing.

With my teens, however, I really can't pull that off. So when I planned our most recent trip, one of the first things I did was look back through my albums from past trips. This is what I saw:

We look like we're ready to attend a funeral, don't we?

Or how about this one?

My eyes. All those stripes and colors.

One thing I knew I wanted for this trip was for our photos to look good. I wanted us to coordinate and not make me want to turn every group photo black and white to keep my eyes from bleeding.

When we got back, I actually had a Facebook friend coment on a photo and ask if I planned for the family's wardrobe to coordinate.

Um, yes. Yes I did.

I began by picking a set of colors I thought would mix well for photos, no matter what the background or where we were in the parks. I'm a classic Mickey fan, so my color were red, yellow and black. I allowed accent colors of khaki (for pants only), gray and some blue. When we shopped for clothes for the trip, everyone was limited to that color palette. It helped not only with pictures, but my color blind husband and my fashion careless son could mix and match without worrying about clashing colors.

Our photos this year? So much better. Here's some of my favorite combinations:

Fun picture, and I love how it all works together.

Really bright background, but it all looks good together, doesn't it? Love us some Phineas and Ferb!

Waiting to go in for Tusker House brunch. Love that we all work together even though I have one daughter in athletic clothes, a son wearing a shirt from his college and me wearing the most comfortable tank/dress ever.

What I love about this idea is that it will work for my friend with a toddler and 2 adults to dress, as well as for our family of five who all wear adult sizes. It works for extended family groups. It doesn't require a huge investment of money in order to look good.

Maybe I'm a bit over the top when it comes to thinking about pictures long before we even get to the parks, but I will tell you this… we're starting to plan our next trip and I'm already thinking colors. We may just stick with this scheme because it worked so well. I think oranges and greens and pinks just don't flow as well together. But how about all blue shirts — aqua, royal, navy, baby — with khaki or black shorts? What do you think? Any other suggestions?