What to Wear to a Headshot Session

Headshots are a great way to capture your professionalism. They offer a glimpse of your personality, while showcasing your looks! Your headshots have many different uses, including social media & email, business cards, and more.

One of the most common questions asked by people who are getting headshots is: What do I wear?

Here are a few tips to help you pick your best headshot outfit!


Stay away from bold and distracting patterns

Patterns are a risky bet when it comes to headshots. If you go too bold, you take too much attention away from the main focus – which is you! If you go with patterns that are very small, such as herringbone or small stripes, it could result in a moiré effect. However if you feel that strong, bold patterns are part of your personality, go for it! The goal of the headshot is to show who you are.

Keep it classic

If you wear something too trendy, you limit yourself on how long you will be able to use the headshot. Here’s another way of thinking about it: by looking at the headshot you should not be able to tell what decade it is. You can almost never go wrong wearing something simple and classic!

Skip the loud jewelry

You don’t want something taking all of the attention off of you! Try to wear jewelry that is simple and small. A general rule of thumb to follow for earrings is not wearing any that dangle an inch below your earlobe. Bigger jewelry also comes with more risk of getting jumbled or falling out of place, which does not elude a professional image. When in doubt, go simple.


Bring a back-up jacket

Sometimes adding a suit jacket or blazer is all it takes for the perfect headshot! As simple as it sounds, a jacket ties in an outfit and can bring it to the next level of professionalism.

Avoid neon colors

For the most part, neon colors don’t cut it when it comes to headshots. The colors can have a weird effect on your skin tone, and it doesn’t usually end well.

One important thing to remember is that at the end of the day, your headshots are your headshots. Be yourself and let your beautiful personality shine through the photos – no need to try to amp it up with clothing!