Heading to the Studio: What to Wear for Your Professional Headshot

January 13, 2023  •  6 Comments

What you wear can have a significant impact in the final image when it comes to professional headshot photography. 
The right attire can help you look polished, confident, and professional, while the wrong outfit can detract from the overall impact of the photograph.

Here are 10 tips on what to wear for your professional headshot.

1) Business attire is one of the most frequently used choices for professional headshots.   

  • For men, a classic business look is often recommended. This typically includes a suit or blazer and slacks in solid, neutral colors such as black, navy, or gray. A dress shirt and tie are also a common choice, as they add a polished and professional look. A tie with a subtle pattern or texture can be added to add a little bit of personality to the outfit, but it is important to avoid ties with bold or distracting patterns. 
  • For women, a classic business look is often recommended. A suit or blazer with slacks or a pencil skirt in solid, neutral colors such as black, navy or gray are a popular choice. A blouse in a complementary color can be worn under the jacket or a dress in a similar style can be worn instead of a suit. A dress with a collar or a button-up shirt in neutral colors also makes a good choice. Avoid tops or dresses with busy patterns or too many embellishments, as they can be distracting in the photograph. It's important to accessorize in a minimalistic way, a simple earrings or a necklace can be enough. A tidy hairstyle and minimal makeup, that highlight the natural beauty, will complement the outfit.
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2) Professional dress: If your profession has a specific dress code, it is best to wear something that represents your industry.

For example, doctors and nurses may wear scrubs, chefs may wear their chef jackets, and artists may wear a more bohemian look. This will give a visual representation of the profession you are in and make the headshot look tailored to the profession.

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3) Accessories: Keep accessories to a minimum in your headshot.

A watch, simple earrings or a necklace, and a ring is enough. Avoid busy patterns or bold jewelry, as they can be distracting in the photograph. This way, the attention will be on your face and not on the accessories.

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4) Grooming: Make sure your hair is styled and your face is clean-shaven for men or with minimal makeup for women.

A neat and well-groomed appearance is essential for a professional headshot. A good grooming can help you to look your best and project the image you want to share.

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5) Color: When choosing an outfit for your professional headshot, it's important to consider the colors you wear.

Solid, neutral colors such as black, navy, and gray tend to be most flattering in photographs and can be combined with other colors to add some accent or pop. Avoid white, as it can wash out your face and be too bright. The colors you wear can reflect your personality, mood or even your professional persona.

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6) Bring Options: Bring several different outfits to the shoot and see which look better on the camera.

Sometimes, what you expect to look good on camera, may not look good at all, therefore, its always good to have some options to choose from.


7) Consider the Branding: Consider your brand and what message you want to communicate.

If your goal is to convey a sense of authority, gravitas, and competence, then conservative attire is probably best. If you're looking to be perceived as approachable, friendly, and accessible, then more casual attire might be a better fit. The attire and the way you present yourself on the photograph can be a reflection of your brand.

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8) Location Specific: Consider the location of the shoot and if it requires you to wear a specific clothing.

An outdoor shoot may require a different attire than an indoor one. Coordinating your attire to the location can make the photo look more natural and pleasing to the eye.

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9) Wrinkle-free: Make sure your clothing is clean and wrinkle-free before the session.

Iron or steam your clothing if necessary, this will make you look neat and organized in the photograph.

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10) Dress for the occasion: Dress for the photo session as if you were going to an important meeting.

It will make you feel confident, polished and ready to take on the world. This mindset can help you to look more relaxed, natural and confident in the photograph.

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By following these tips, you'll be able to select the appropriate outfit for your professional headshot and create a positive impression. The goal is to look polished, professional and confident.

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BD Wear(non-registered)
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Hello guys! Geez. This post is perfect for my current issue – I’m not sure which attire I should wear for our next professional headshot. Thankfully, I discovered this beautiful article. I appreciate that you include some photos. I like the branding section. Since I belong to the hospitality industry, more casual attire would be great. As you’ve said, this attire reflects being friendly, accessible, and approachable. Do you have further tips for makeup and hairstyle?
Sam Andrews(non-registered)
Great! I like it when you said that we can always try out multiple attire to determine the best look for our headshot photo. I've been asked to get one to be included in my company's monthly newsletter. Fine, I'll reach out to a photographer to capture the perfect images.
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