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What to wear for your family Christmas card photo

The family Christmas card – such a timeless image of family togetherness in the holidays. It's the opportunity your family gets every year to check in with your friends and relatives to say "Hey, we're doing great!" You may not get to see or catch up with the people on your mailing list very often, so the picture on the card bears a lot of weight. The pressure is on! How to make sure you get the card ready on time and looking great?

The good news is, in our increasingly interconnected world, the days of taking the Christmas card photo in July are long gone. You can order your cards from any number of websites and have them on your doorstep in a matter of a couple weeks. Pharmacy photo centers can even print Christmas cards on demand. So, we're not saying you should wait until the last minute to make your move on the cards, but it's not the end of the world if you're getting all of this done in early December.

One of the best and easiest ways to stage your Christmas card photo is by coordinating your family's wardrobe. After all, what's cuter than a smiling family wearing coordinating outfits? Well, baby harp seals are pretty cute. And pugs wearing hats. But families wearing coordinating outfits is maybe the third cutest thing we can think of. So unless you've got a baby harp seal on hand to plop in the middle of your photo, going with coordinating outfits is your best bet.

Here at Lands' End we offer a host of plaid shirts that are great for the whole family. Choose one of our whole-house flannel shirts and get one for everyone. Your family will look great in their matching shirts, and they're so great we'd bet that everyone will be wearing their flannel all winter. Lands' End flannel shirts are made from long-staple ringspun cotton, which makes for a higher-quality, more durable shirt. We brush the fabric on both sides so it's soft and cozy on the outside and inside – where it counts.

If you're looking to get even cozier in your Christmas card picture, try some Christmas matching pajamas. Much like our flannel shirts, our flannel pajamas come in several whole-house options that make cozy-comfy PJs for the whole family. If you're not feeling super matchy-matchy, go for a coordinating mix of plaids and solids. You'll be looking cohesive and tight-knit, but still maintaining some individuality for everyone.

Finally, for a more classic feel, try some sophisticated Christmas sweaters. Lands' End Supima® cotton sweaters are made from only the best American-grown cotton and crafted with a fine-gauge knit. Paired with a dress shirt and a nice pair of chinos, the cotton sweater is an easy way to pull a whole outfit together. You can mix and match sweater styles – cardigans, crewnecks, turtlenecks, anynecks – for the whole family.

Take a little time this fall to curate a look for your family Christmas card. It doesn't take much, just a little forethought and an idea of how you want it to look – fun, playful, formal or something in between. No matter what, you can help show your family's character and personality, and as long as you do that you're sure to be picture-perfect.

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