What to Wear for Your Headshot: Choose Clothes That Make You Feel Great!
It’s an age-old dilemma: what to wear for your headshot. The fact is, however, that your clothes are really secondary to the main feature of the headshot: your face. And the tighter the cropping on the head shot, the less of your clothes that will be seen anyway.
Your main goal is for your clothes to enhance your pretty face, not distract from it.
Things to keep in mind when choosing your clothing for a headshot:
- Wear clothes you’re comfortable in. This probably isn’t the time for something brand new, tight, itchy, or otherwise problematic. You want your natural smile to come through and that’s harder to capture if you’re squirming because of your clothes.
- Choose clothing that is classical – not the latest fashion trend. You want a picture that won’t look dated as soon as the fad has passed.
- Dress accordingly with the goal for your headshot. Business attire for a professional shot; something more casual for a dating picture.
- You can easily capture both formal and informal by wearing a jacket (and tie, for men) that can be removed.
- Avoid busy prints, stripes, and plaids. Bright, dark, or neutral colors that flatter you and convey the appropriate message are best.
Just as headshot day is not the day to try out the newest fashion trend, it’s probably also not the day to get your hair cut in a brand new style. If you plan to have a haircut before your headshot, do it at least a week in advance so that you can get used to it, learn how to style it, and look comfortable with it.
- Women should make sure makeup is light and natural looking. Nothing glaring or overdone – and no makeup if that’s your preference. Your photographer can likely touch up the final photo to erase small skin flaws.
- Jewelry should accent the outfit, not be the star of the show.
Remember to stay calm, smile a natural smile, and let your true self shine through.