What to Wear: The Style Guide

Choosing what you wear to your portrait session is kind of a big deal. I mean, these pictures are going to be around for a while. Still, you shouldn't stress out about it too much. When selecting your outfits for the day, I have three general rules of thumb to suggest:

Be comfortable.

This is the most important aspect when it comes to picking out your clothes. If you're wearing a starchy shirt or an itchy sweater or a dress that's too tight, chances are you're going to be pulling and tugging at yourself the entire session. Not only that, but your face will tell the story of garments gone bad if you're anything but completely comfortable in your outfit.

To make sure your clothes are comfortable, I suggest wearing them around the house for an entire day sometime before your session (just don't spill anything on them please ;)). It's also a good idea to sit and stand and do several poses in the dressing room before committing to buy.

Be You.

A portrait is an image that's meant to capture you and your personality. If you normally wouldn't wear leather leggings and a flowing blouse, I wouldn't throw those things on for a long portrait session. If you want to buy something new for yourself, consider what you have in your wardrobe already and buy something that would blend into your closet seamlessly.

Be Bold.

You should always be you, but don't be afraid to amp things up a bit. Consider beautiful, graphic prints, statement jewelry and shoes that are as comfortable as they are beautiful. Scarves, belts, earrings, and rings -- all those details can really add to a picture.

I also recommend wearing layers -- no matter the season. For example, in the summer a tank top with a sheer cardigan looks gorgeous. Spring calls for hats and blazers and silk scarves. Fall and winter lend themselves to lots of textured pieces such as cozy knitwear, fuzzy faux fur and velvet.

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