May 12, 2015 09:24 AM
fam pix

Ask Amanda all your style queries, fashion conundrums and general "how do I wear this?" right here at INDStyle with a simple email to amandab@theind.com. Today, we talk family photos. This is not the first such message received from a friend looking for good options come family pic time. Read on for some suggestions on the best bet come picture day.

"I am taking family pictures at the end of this month and we are to wear something dark? I need suggestions." - Liz Webb Hebert

Dearest Liz,

Dark is often a good bet when it comes time for pics. Photos and fashion — it's all smoke and mirrors. When it's time for photos I like to keep it pretty simple. The key? Identify your best figure asset and work to show it off.

Today, we'll look at three figure flattering dresses or skirts that show off the waist and explain why each of these work well for a multitude of ladies.

The maxi — The right maxi dress is perfect for photos when a dress is in order and you want the freedom to sit or bend in the pics. This navy blue one from Vanessa V. is a basic shape with a fit and then flare cut and vertical lines to keep you looking slim.

The little retro dress — The little black dress with some wedges is a great way to show off the waist and legs. I love this one from Hemline with a flirty little skirt. Don't fear the volume on the skirt — it's a great balance for the fitted waistline. Also a favorite for photos is the skater dress or skirt with a button down sleeveless top tucked in. Just add pearls for a timeless vibe.

The Donna Reed skirt — A tea length skirt with pointy heels is a perfect dressed up look for photos when you add a sleeveless silky top. The key is (again) proportion. Tuck in a shirt that's not too voluminous but not totally flush with your skin for a look that's instant hourglass and no chance of muffin top. While we love the cropped tops with these longer skirts, this INDStyler likes to keep it demure come family photo time. This beauty is from Shoe La La.

The best advice I can give when it comes photo time: try it at home. Get in front of a full length mirror and take some pics in different silhouettes (with your shoes of choice). Turn ever so slightly to the side because a straight on photo rarely does a gal justice. Don't be afraid to throw your hand on your hip. (There's a reason everyone does it — it shaves inches off the arm and creates a balance that makes your waist appear smaller.)

Lights, camera, action.

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