"What should I wear?" This is the first and most frequently asked question from our clients when we schedule and plan their headshots. For many their go-to ensemble is their “power suit”—the dark blue, black, or grey suit paired with a crisp, white, collared dress shirt and tipped off with a tie or scarf. Sound familiar? It’s a safe choice—and as long as it fits well this look works for most. However, you don’t need to tie yourself down into thinking this is the only way to go.
- Wear clothes that you would wear at your interview or meeting a new client for the first time—and make sure that they fit. There’s “too tight”, “too loose”, and “just right” when it comes to the fit of your clothes. The only way to figure it out is to try them on. Do a full turn in front of the mirror or have someone else take a quick photo for you. Your clothes should look tailored for you (and you may have one piece or outfit tailored professionally to achieve this). When in doubt seek help from someone you know that always seems to have a professional “put-together” look and ask for their opinion. The worst thing you could do is put together an ensemble at the last-minute and take your first real look at it during your shoot.
- Less is more when figuring out what to wear. This applies to the number of accessories that you wear as well as how many layers you put on. Anyone who sees your headshot should be focused on your face and not get distracted by what you’re wearing. Remember that headshots include only the top third of your entire profile (from head down to mid-chest) at the most. One well-tailored shirt, blouse, tunic, sweater or dress, etc. in a color that complements your hair, eyes, and skin color paired with one accessory (e.g. necktie, necklace, pair of earrings, etc.) may do more for you—and may already be in your wardrobe—than an expensive designer outfit.
- Reach out to the photographer ahead of time and consider bringing a few clothing choices with you to your photo session. You should ask what your choices for background are so you can make sure that the colors you choose complement and neither completely blend or clash with what’s behind you. Your photographer can also recommend options for you and put your mind at ease.
Take a look at your closet and start putting together work ensembles that coordinate and you think would make you look your best. Not only would you need these for your next headshot but also is a great way to organize your work wardrobe for important interviews, meetings, and networking events.