When it comes to what to wear for your headshot, I would like to ask you what your headshot photo is for. It depends on the purpose of it. I know it is kind of cliche to say that but it is true. However, there is a rule of thumb on proper clothing for headshot photography. Let’s get into it!
Importance of simplicity
As you may know, a headshot is all about your face and facial expression. My first recommendation would be not wearing anything that could distract from your face such as clothes that have stripes and patterns. The simpler is better.
Your bottom still matters.
It is not vital to consider what kind of bottoms (pants or skirts) to wear since most headshots capture from chest to face or even from shoulder to face. However, it would always look good if you can match your top with nice bottoms. For example, blue jeans always look great with any tops. Who knows, you might end up wanting to get a full-body shot taken. Getting ready for whatever might happen is always a good idea!
Clean and neat clothes
Have you ever heard of people saying “You can Photoshop it, right”? It is funny when people think Photoshop can do anything impossible. It is true to some degree, but there are some cases (for example, wrinkled clothes and stuff) that are hard and take more time to photoshop. From a photographer’s point of view, it would be so much easier to take a nearly perfect photo from the getgo to edit and deliver later so that you don’t need to be charged for the extra editing time. Trust me that almost all photographers charge for extra editing requests.
No bells and whistles accessories
Like I mentioned earlier, the headshot is all about you and your face. You don’t want people to look at your earrings, necklaces, or any other stuff that could distract them. Unless you have something meaningful to you and you want to show with you in your headshot.
Whatever color that can represent you is the best.
At the end of the day, I know you would like to wear clothes that you like and you like to show them in your photos. I agree with you 100% as long as it is simple, solid, and shows your color and your personality. To be honest, I like black and gray color and I wear those colored clothes all the time, so I would like to see those colors in my photos as well.