Before I state anything else, I feel compelled to defend my two younger girls' hair. Shortly before Easter, when this photo was taken, my T1 and T3 (led by my T3 of course, and the T1 follows along with anything that seems "fun" in the moment) decided to chop up their Easter dresses (which are identical to the one my T4 daughter is wearing, and I am wearing a top that matches in color. I wanted us to coordinate, and got my son a matching tie. How T4-Mom of me). Not only did they take scissors to their new dresses, they also GAVE EACH OTHER HAIRCUTS. So just know that I am not responsible for their terrible-looking hair. All I could do is get it evened out enough to not make it look like their hair got caught in a blender.
Needless to say, this photo is a hot mess. I didn't even try to get us to coordinate in some other way afterwards. It didn't go as planned, and I basically table-flipped and decided, "Screw it, I don't even f*cking care anymore." I look okay enough in my outfit, but I have a secondary 1 so wearing tints isn't super terrible looking on me. But even when I didn't know any better, you can see the very T4 elements in my style. The jacket is very structured and minimalist, I only have one piece of jewelry, I'm wearing solids, and it's definitely not a super fun way to wear pastels. I still make it a little bit stiff and snooty somehow. There's a disconnect.
And even though my oldest daughter isn't familiar with DYT, she literally never wore that dress again. She simply didn't like it. (The pleating creating all those lines is very Type 4 though. The gold and peachy coral though, definitely aren't. When I look through my old photos, I can clearly see all the style elements of Type 4 are there in the things I chose for myself and my kids, but I got the colors wrong about half the time).
Thankfully we did get some better family photos later with the help of a friend who is a professional photographer, where I DID manage to get everyone to coordinate with a red, black, and white color scheme (also prior to DYT, so that was just my beauty sixth sense kicking in). No chopped up dresses (because the kids have to ASK for scissors now lol), no self-induced hair hacking, way better backdrop than my porch. This photo isn't terrible, but you can see that I did most of the family no favors by forcing them to dress like me.
I still haven't mastered the art of a good family photo where we are coordinated AND they are wearing what they look and feel good in. I've got 10 more months before Christmas photos so I think this is the year I'll figure it out.