Photoshoot Outfit Ideas: Dos & Don’ts

The most frequent thing that clients ask me is what to wear to a photoshoot – ideally you want to choose outfits that incorporate colour, are purposeful, stylish and well-balanced.

Here are top do’s and don’ts for choosing outfits for a photoshoot:

Embrace colour

Colours do wonder in photographs – try selecting ones that are complimentary or analogous – that means a groups of three colours that are next to each other on the colour wheel.

Choose flattering colours

Dark reds, teals/turquoises, shades in the blue-green spectrum are considered the most flattering for photo shoots. Deeper greens, purples and blues are also good. Consider your skin tone too when choosing colours – check out wikiHow for more info.

What not to wear to

Whilst black is a very slimming, it is dull and absorbs light in photographs. Navy or charcoal are ideal as a neutral colours, especially for suits, trousers and skirts. Similarly, with brown and earthy tones.

Bright and neon colours (red, bright pink and bright green) – best avoided as they reflect on skin

Patterns, prints, logos and stripes – these can appear distracting in photos

White or light grey, unless its is paired with a jacket, blazer, jumper or suit

Cream, beige, pastels and orange – they are too close to skin tones

Low cut tops and polo neck shirts: V-necks offer a casual vibe, whilst round necklines are considered classic/professional

Undergarments should be minimalist – wire/lace bras aren’t recommended


Create a bit of visual interest in images with:

Jewelry – earrings, bracelets, watches, rings and necklaces

Bowties, Hats, scarves, braces – think outside of the box, this will make images pop!


Always choose outfits that suit your body type, fit well and make you feel comfortable – it honestly shows in the photos. However, also consider the outfit you have chose as it must ultimately reflect the reason for the photoshoot.

Iron your clothes

Ironing your clothes is an essential as digital cameras show a very high level of detail. Make sure you iron out major creases and use a lint roller to remove any dust etc.

Please get in touch to enquire about a headshot or portrait session.

actor headshot colour corporate headshot Coventry headshots Leamington Spa photographer photoshoot portrait photography Warwickshire