What Women Should wear for a Business Headshot? | TerrificShot Photography

January 24, 2017  •  7 Comments

Are you still unsure how to dress for a business headshot?

This article will provide you with 5 tips to help you decide what to wear for business headshots.

What is the company culture in terms of dress code? It has an impact on your clothing choices. In addition, the location of the photo shoot (in our studio or on location) may influence your best camera-ready outfit.

Finally, keep in mind that the business headshot only focuses on your face.

Other elements of the image (the background, lighting, and clothing) should be kept simple and not distracting.


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Let's go over the five suggestions:

Tip #1. What clothing colors should I use?

  • The most flattering colors to choose are those with a mid-tone in green, blue, or purple.
  • Wearing tops that match your flesh tones, such as pastel, peach, yellow, beige, or cream, will blend you into your clothes.
  • Avoid the colors red and orange, especially red (which is associated to the color of violence).
  • Please use only solid colors! Avoid patterns and logos, as they will only distract from your photo, as shown below.


Red top with patterns does not look great.   Select plain color is better.
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Black and white are too neutral and have a tendency to match the colors of studio backdrops. Swap out black for a more neutral color like maroon, forest green, chocolate, or navy.

Okay, let me give you a helpful tip on how to choose the color of your top : Simply choose a top that draws attention to your eyes!


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Tip #2: What about the jacket and neckline?

  • Wearing a v-neck jacket is very flattering because it lengthens your neck and accentuates your "décolleté," as we say in French.
  • What should I wear with my jacket and top? Avoid tops with collars because they are too distracting!
  • Keep the neckline simple and sleek at all times.


With collar  Without collar : it lengthens your neck
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Tip #3: I enjoy wearing jewelry; should I do so?

As previously stated, the picture is about your face, not your jewelry!

Furthermore, we believe that jewelry will date your photograph.

  • Wear only simple and small jewelry.
  • Avoid wearing jewelry that would draw attention away from your face or that appears dated.
  • Consider if facial piercings or multiple ear piercings are appropriate for where your photo will be displayed

Tip #4. How should I wear my hair and how much should I make-up?

  • Your make-up should be natural and free of chemicals. Avoid products with a lot of sparkle or shine.
  • The post-retouching is a part of the session photo; we understand that some clients show up with a heavy layer of powder to make their face flawless.
  • We recommend keeping things simple and avoiding frosts or bright colors.
  • Your facial features are important because they define who you are.
  • As strange as it may sound, we do not recommend getting a new haircut right before the photo shoot.
  • It is preferable to let it grow a little and get used to your new haircut.




Tip #5. How should I Pose for an headshot ? 

That is our job to answer this question when you will be in front of our camera.  Check our previous blog entry about how corporate headshot should be done


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BD Wear(non-registered)
Business headshots look best without bare arms. You can however wear a short top underneath a jacket or cardigan…
Jacket Empire(non-registered)
Great article! These tips are so helpful for women looking to nail their business headshots. I never thought about how clothing colors and necklines could make such a difference. Plus, the advice on keeping makeup natural is spot on. Can't wait to put these tips to use!
smart styles fashion(non-registered)
very informative article
Priya Singh(non-registered)
Interesting and informative article. This will help women to dress properly and professionally for a business headshot.
Women Lawn Collection Online(non-registered)
Very glad to read this interesting article. I learned so much information from your article you are doing great job!
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