For most people, choosing what to wear to their portrait session can be stressful. Usually, it is mom who is selecting clothing for the family. Below are a few guidelines that will get you started.
1) For most types of portrait sessions, you want to think long term. Meaning, when you look back at your image or images in 10-15 years, will you say, “What was I thinking? Why did I wear that that?” You want your clothing and style to be timeless - classic. It should compliment who you are, not detract. An exception to this is senior photos, which I will cover in another post.
2) Select clothes that look good on you, that fit you well, and that are comfortable. Try them on in advance of your session and move around in them in front of a mirror checking for gaps at button closures. Clothes that provide some definition to your shape are more complimentary than baggy clothes.
3) Ladies may prefer to cover upper arms, unless you are blessed with or have worked hard to define your shape. And v-neck or scoop neck tops elongate the female neckline and show off a great necklace.
4) Solid colors or small prints work best. Avoid clothing with bold graphics or logos which can detract from your face.
5) Everyone does not have to "match" but selecting color tones that compliment each other will give your portraits cohesiveness while still adding some variety and interest.