Wardrobe guide for headshots

For Actors:

Keep your wardrobe simple for actor headshots. Casting Directors are interested in your face, not your clothes. Wear something you like and feel good in. The good feeling will carry over into your shots. Suggestion: Try it in a selfie! If it looks good on your device, it will probably look even better in your headshots.

Avoid:

    Strong, distracting patterns
    Jewellery other than simple earrings
    Shirts with words, logos or other distractions
    Plunging necklines
    Pure white (especially if your skin is dark)
    Super bold colours
    Black shirts sometimes work well, but can also get lost in a darker background. If you’d like to experiment with black shirts and jackets, it’s good to bring an alternative to the shoot with you just in case.

Good:

    Simple T-shirts (V-necks especially seem to always work)
    Tops within a few shades of your skin tone
    Simple textures often work better than solid colours
    Leather and denim always seem to look great
    Suit jackets almost always work. Slip one on over a T-shirt to add variety

For musicians and other performers:

You have greater leeway in what wardrobe you can get away with. Let your own branding be your guide, and get some input from your management. One rule still applies: wear something you like and feel good in. The confidence that comes from feeling good in your clothes comes out in your shots.

Avoid:

    Shirts with words/messages, unless the entire message will be visible and you’re making a statement with it.
    Pure white (especially if your skin is dark)
    Black shirts sometimes work well, but can also get lost in a darker background. If you’d like to experiment with black shirts and jackets, it’s good to bring an alternative to the shoot with you just in case.

Good:

    Tops within a few shades of your skin tone
    Leather, denim and suit jackets always look great, as long as they’re consistent with your branding.

For business/corporate:

Keep your wardrobe tailored, sharp and consistent with your company’s image. Feeling confident and attractive in your clothes will show in your shots, and your customers/clients will pick up on that too. If you’re being photographed as part of a team, try to coordinate with the team beforehand. Dress consistently, but not identically unless a uniform is part of your branding.

Avoid:

    Flashy patterns
    Shirts with any words or logos not part of your branding.
    Plunging necklines
    Pure white (especially if your skin is dark)
    Super bold colours
    Black can work well, but can also get lost in a darker background. If you’d like to experiment with black tops or jackets, it’s a good idea to bring another option with you just in case.

Good:

    Always better to err on the formal/conservative side.
    Keep your company’s branding and image in your mind, and coordinate with your team.