Best wardrobe for a headshot or portrait
What should I wear for a formal portrait or headshot?
What clothing is appropriate for a headshot?
- Neutrals: navy, chocolate brown, charcoal gray.
- Career-specific clothing: tuxedos, suits, uniforms.
- Avoid patterns, logos, branding, and busy designs.
- Avoid bright pink and yellow.
- Select v-necks, square-necks, turtlenecks or deep scoop necks.
- Avoid crewnecks and cowlnecks.
- Add jackets or sweaters for a finished, layered look.
- select career-specific necklines like button-down business shirts, polo shirt collars, bow ties, classic neckties with knots neither too wide nor too narrow.
- Long-sleeves flatter the most.
- Avoid t-shirt length sleeves unless you have sculpted or very thin upper arms.
Avoid anything shiny or reflective
- Avoid large, shiny objects like belt buckles, bold jewelry and reflective watches.
- Unless your watch has a story, take it off for your portrait session. In fact, it's best to take it off well before you arrive so the marks on your wrist have a chance to fade.
- Classic, elegant jewelry like pearls always looks appropriate.
Beware the color red
- Red attracts attention.
- If you want to stand out on purpose, wear red.
Portrait Tips for Men
- The more formal the portrait, the darker your outer layers must be. Light colors for an informal or summer location portrait are appropriate.
- Turtlenecks look great, especially under jackets.
- Do not wear a jacket that is much lighter than what you're wearing underneath it.
- Crewnecks sweaters or layers work fine on men. Consider wearing white t-shirts under button-down shirts.
What beauty or grooming preparation should I consider?
- Get a manicure a day or so in advance.
Makeup makes a difference for both men and women.
- Consider visiting a makeup center prior to your shoot if a makeup artist/groomer will not be onsite with you.
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