A question we are asked almost daily when we consult our client on there new business portrait is, what should I wear? Here are some basic guidelines.
Wear what you think you like best and bring 2 alternate choices. Contrary to popular belief, there are no absolutes when selecting wardrobe for portraits. Feel free to bring anything that makes you feel like a million bucks. Make sure clothing is cleaned, pressed and fits you well.
Men – Dark, solid jackets with a colored shirt and a colorful tie seem to make the best shots. Alternatively, a coat and dress shirt, no tie is also a great look.
Women – Medium to dark, solid colors are the way to go. Alternatively rich jewel-toned wardrobe (red, blue, green, purple) will also pop. Please avoid pastels or colors that wash out unless you pair it with a dark jacket, sweater, or scarf. EXCEPTION: A white or cream suit can look really great.
Clothes to Avoid
Busy patterns. tweeds or plaids (they will appear to move in digital format).
Sleeveless or short-sleeved shirts (your arms will distract from your face).
Turtlenecks (you will look like a floating head).
Deep, plunging necklines.
Jewelry is best simple unless your style is flashy and it is a signature for you. In that case, go for it.