One of the most commonly asked questions I get is what to wear for your session! I think that it's very important to think about what you wear, and it can definitely enhance your photos a lot if you choose the right outfit. So I've decided to put together a few tips that can help you decide what to wear!
The More the Merrier!
I usually recommend to bring at least one extra outfit than you think you'll need or wear. Sometimes what you think you want to wear doesn't work as nicely with the location, or if it's really windy and you're wearing a flowy dress, or other factors that may help if you bring an extra outfit or two!
Also in terms of the amount of outfits, for an hour session or more, I suggest that you bring at least one casual outfit and one dressier outfit. It is a good balance and is an easy way to have a good variety in your outfits.
For Guys: A button-down, polo shirt, or sweater is the most common.
For Girls: A skirt, dress, or dressier blouse is perfect.
Choosing the right colors is a really important factor in having a successful outfit. The easiest way to have an easy color scheme is to combine neutral tones with earthy colors. Black, grays, browns, and white combined with muted greens, reds, oranges, and blues are going to be the easiest to blend with most locations.
Of course, I LOVE bold colors, so if you want to do that, feel free! Just be aware of what you choose as your location and how the colors you choose may go with that. Also, I would limit it to one or two colors for one outfit, and choosing complementary colors (red/green, yellow/violet, blue/orange) is an easy way to have multiple colors in your outfit.
If you are thinking of having a pattern, I would recommend to limit it to one pattern per outfit, unless you're a pro at mixing patterns!
If you want to rep your school, either high school or college, definitely do that! Whether it's with your Letterman jacket, sports jersey or warm-ups, or a t-shirt from your school, it's a great way to include your school, either current or future, in your photos!
Share your Culture
It's always so beautiful when you're able to incorporate elements of your culture in your senior portraits! It can show another side of you that others may not see on an everyday basis. Whether it's an accessory or an entire outfit, it can bring a very unique element to your session!
Hair & Makeup
For hair and makeup, the simpler the better! Whatever you would do on a daily basis is going to look the most natural and most like you! This probably isn't the best time to try out a new hairstyle or makeup look. And if you plan on getting a haircut before, it's a good idea to get it a little bit before your session so you don't have the super "fresh cut" look. If you do plan to wear some makeup, it's ok to go a little bit more than normal to get a "flawless" look, but it definitely is not necessary! The ultimate goal is to be comfortable and for you to look like you!
This is a very important factor to consider, but could be easily looked over. You should look at the forecast in advance before your session to make sure that you dress properly for the session. If it's windy, maybe think about not wearing a dress or skirt. Or if it's cold, think about throwing on the layers like a jacket, scarf, or sweater.
Things to Stay Away From...
- Staying away from colors and patterns that clash is a good idea, and also too many different colors and patterns can be distracting, and you want the focal point to be you, not what you're wearing. You want your outfit to compliment you, not compete.
- Graphic shirts can be really hit or miss, and I would generally recommend to stay away from them. If they are more of a timeless graphic that won't date the image, then that is better, but generally I would steer clear of them.
- This may seem obvious (but I'm gonna say it anyway) you shouldn't wear anything that you're not comfortable in. If you're not comfortable, it will definitely show through in your photos.
The most important part of choosing your outfit is to be yourself. You should wear whatever is your style and what you would wear on an everyday basis. These photos should reflect you, your personality, and your style so whatever that entails is what you should do for your session photos! Those are going to look the best because they look like YOU!
Hopefully some of these tips were helpful for you picking out your outfit! I know you'll pick out an amazing outfit for your session!