What To Wear
You should like and feel comfortable in the clothes you wear in a headshot session. What do you wear to auditions? Chances are you should wear the same type of outfit for your headshot. Plan to bring a few good selections of tops, sweaters, shirts, or jackets. Bring shirts in a variety of collars/necklines. The picture may be cropped pretty tight, and some collars and sleeves look funky when cut off. Women, don’t forget to bring bras that match your tops’ colors and necklines. Remember I'll be concentrating on full headshots which means above the navel.
You should come with at least 3 different wardrobe changes even if you are shooting for just one look.
Clothing for Legit vs. Commercial Headshots
- For film/tv/theatrical headshots, bring dressier, upscale clothes with darker colors.
- For women: stretchy tops, sweaters, velvet, satin, scoop necks, spaghetti strap, tank tops and v-necks. Also business suits and other professional clothing.
- For men: Dress shirts, crew necks, textured sweaters, v-neck, and turtle necks. Also suits and blazers. You can create contrast by layering a t-shirt, collared shirt, and/or leather jacket.
- For commercial headshots, bring casual clothes & lighter/brighter colors. Think sporty and fun. Consider layering light and dark clothes for contrast.
- For women: t-shirts, tank tops, sweater sets, denim/leather jackets, textured sweaters.
- For men: t-shirts, hoodies/sweatshirts, work shirts, polo shirts, denim/leather jackets, textured sweaters.
Outfits should NOT:
- Have any bold or busy patterns like stripes or gingham that will distract from your face
- Be any type of uniform (cop, nurse, Dr., etc...)
- Be traditional suit and tie or a business dress but can be suggestive and stylish to suggest that
- Have any logos or branding
- Blend in with your skin tone
- Be overly baggy, overly tight, or dated (trendy or era dated) clothing
- Not have jewelry unless it adds to the message (i.e. necklaces, bracelets or watches) but bring appropriate accessories if they’re going to show (i.e. belts, ties)
- be casual, fit well and be comfortable with minimal detail
- try to have some texture - leather, denim, corduroy, knits/sweaters
- be chosen to flatter & highlight your best features
- fitted clothing will feature a toned body
- 3/4 length or long sleeves generally work best for women
- layers (t-shirt, button shirt, sports jacket) look interesting & camouflage a slim frame
- bulky clothing is not flattering—avoid thick cotton knits & polar fleece
- V-neck lengthens/opens up a round face or short neck
Regarding Color Selections
Choose clothes that complement your hair skin tone and eye color.
- No solid white shirts if you’re Caucasian or light-skinned.
- Bright red usually doesn’t work for anybody. It’s just too strong a color.
- Fair skin and blue eyes? Try blues, pinks and grays.
- Green eyes? Try browns, greens and oranges.
- Medium or dark skin and brown eyes? You can probably wear most colors, but avoid those that closely match your skin tone (contrast is key).
- jewel tones such as rich reds, blues, purples and greens work for a film/television shot
- bright, intense colors such as orange, turquoise and fuschia are vibrant and youthful and suit a commercial shot
- neutrals can work if they compliment your coloring (i.e. olive green to bring out the eyes, caramel that matches the highlights in your hair)
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