The first question my clients ask is what to wear for their headshot. Your clothing choice is essential for a professional headshot. That doesn’t mean that picking clothing is easy, however! I have some tips that will make deciding what to wear easy and help you ensure that you look your very best.
🦺 Wear what’s appropriate to the task you perform in your job. This gentleman is a site supervisor for a construction company. A hard hat and orange safety vest were precisely what he should wear to project the image of his role at the company on their proposals.
His photo is a virtual headshot. Didn’t leave his home in California while I was at my computer in Arizona—virtual is a good option for remote workers located anywhere in the world.
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🤠 When choosing what to wear for your professional headshots, avoiding complex patterns like stripes or checks is best. Horizontal lines can be challenging to look at in a photo and mixing patterns can make the image feel busy. Vertical lines can have a slimming effect but should be minimal.
It’s best to opt for solid colors whenever possible. Solids will give the headshot a more classic look and be more visually pleasing several years from now when styles and trends have changed.
It’s best to opt for solid colors whenever possible. Solids will not only give the headshot a more classic look but will be more visually pleasing several years from now when styles and trends have changed.
😊 For men, choosing what to wear is often pretty simple. A business suit is almost always a good choice for a corporate headshot. You can forgo the blazer and wear a white shirt with a tie if you want a casual look. For blazers, solid gray or navy are good choices for timeless portraits.
For women, selecting the proper clothing can feel more complicated, but the rules are the same. A classic business suit or simple blouse and skirt or pants are great options. Don’t wear anything too trendy or a busy pattern. It’s best to choose something with a fall or winter color palette.
You won’t want to choose clothing (or a hairstyle) that is too trendy as it can date the photograph. If you are wearing a tie, choose something classic. Avoid anything over the top if you like a simple pattern or bright color.
Talk to your photographer before any photoshoot. She will guide you with her experience and a key toward how you will look best that meets your goal of having a photo. Linda