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10 tips for choosing the perfect outfit for your headshot!

When you're getting your headshot taken, the outfit you wear is just as important as your smile. You want to look your best in order to make a great first impression, and choosing the right outfit is key. Here are 10 tips for choosing the perfect outfit for your headshot:

1. Don't be afraid to wear colours

It natural to think that a black suit and a white shirt with a black tie is the best way to take head shots. However this is not the case anymore. Headshots are often the first impression an employer gets of you. In some instances, it might even come before your resume. So why not express your character by adding some colour to your images. Obviously you don't want to come dressed like the Joker from Batman, but this doesn't mean you cant add colour. Try a blue or purple shirt with a black blazer. Or if you are bolder, a blue or beige blazer with a white shirt. (Similar to the examples you can see above)

2. Bring wardrobe changes

Most headshots photographers are fine with shooting with multiple outfits as long as you stay within the allotted time. This will give open up many more options for to choose from at the end of the day to represent you. Also in the instance that you are doing an outdoor shoot, It's always better to have options in case the weather is colder or warmer than you expected, and if something doesn't photograph well for whatever reason.

3. Avoid conflicting patterns

Patterns can be distracting and take away from the focus of your headshot, which is you! Stick with solids or simple stripes for a flattering look that will keep everyone's attention on you.

4. Be comfortable

In order to appear natural during a photoshoot, you have to be comfortable with what you're wearing. If your outfit isn't something you would normally wear or if it makes you feel self-conscious, then try not to wear it for a headshot.

5. Make sure your outfit isn't too trendy

For a professional headshot, it's best to wear something that is classic and timeless rather than trendy and flashy. If you wear the outfit even a few years from now, it should still look appropriate.

6. Accessorize

A simple necklace or watch can add a touch of class to any outfit. If you have a favourite piece of jewelry, this is a good place to show it off. Accessories really show a lot more of the personality that a basic headshot might not give.

7. Don't go overboard with accessories

With point number 6 established, it is also important to know that too many accessories will make people look at your outfit instead of looking at your face in the photo. Keep the number of accessories limited so they don't distract from the main focus of the image.

8. Keep it clean and ironed

No one wants to see wrinkles or stains in their headshots, and if clothes are wrinkled and creased before the shoot even begins it makes us wonder what they will look like after sitting around all day waiting for the perfect lighting conditions – probably worse! If possible, use an iron or steamer to make sure clothes are as smooth as possible before arriving at your shoot.

9. Make sure everything fits well

If pants are too long or sleeves are too short, it can look unprofessional and distract from the expression on your face. If you're not sure if an article of clothing fits properly, bring a friend with you to your shoot who can let you know for sure!

10. Keep your hair neat

It's been said that you should "dress for the job you want, not the job you have," and this is especially true when it comes to headshots. People want to hire presentable people, so make sure your hair is neat and stylish for your headshot. If it's windy outside make sure your hair is tamed, if you have long hair make sure it's tied back or up to avoid messy strands falling in front of your eyes, and if you have a particularly thick head of hair make sure it isn't obscuring your forehead or face too much!

In Conclusion

Looking your best in a headshot is key to making a great first impression. Follow these 10 tips to make sure you choose the perfect outfit for your photoshoot! Not being afraid of colours, being comfortable, and avoiding conflicting patterns are all important factors to consider when getting dressed for your headshot. Make sure everything fits well and that your hair is neat – looking polished and professional is essential for any headshot. Lastly, remember to accessorize! Wearing just a simple necklace or watch can really bring out the personality that your headshot might miss. With a few quick tips and a little bit of pre-planning, you can be sure to look your best in your next headshot.

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