What Colors to Wear in Group Pictures

by Jen Oda

The best group pictures are coordinated in color and style.

The group is photographed image by Pavel Losevsky from Fotolia.com

Group pictures are meaningful reminders of a time period and individuals who make that time special. Don't let the wrong wardrobe choices make your group photo distracting and out of sync. Simple preplanned coordination of theme and style will make your group photo a harmonious, well-composed memory you can be proud of.

Neutral Tones

Neutral tones are a good choice for group photos. They are subtly complementary to the subjects of the photograph without taking the attention away from their faces. Good neutral color choices are brown, navy, deep green and gray.

Dress Modestly

Long sleeve shirts or at least 3/4-length sleeves and modest length dresses, skirts and pants are recommended for group photographs. Showing a lot of skin in a picture distracts the viewer, drawing attention away from the subjects' faces.

Bright Colors

Bright colors must be worn with deliberate coordination with the other subjects in the picture and the photographer. Subjects wearing red, white and black need to be balanced out in order to look symmetrical. Backdrops and lighting must also be adjusted by the photographer in order to make a group picture with subjects wearing bright colors well-composed.

Patterns and Prints

Avoid clothing with busy patterns and printed designs. They are distracting and draw the eye away from the faces of the subjects. Solid colors are most complimentary in a group photograph.

Jewelry

Subtle jewelry is acceptable for a group photograph. Simple earrings, necklaces and rings are sentimental and do not distract from the composition of the picture. Avoid large clunky pieces that are bold, reflective and eye-catching.

Photo Credits

  • The group is photographed image by Pavel Losevsky from Fotolia.com

About the Author

Jen Oda has been writing since 1999. Her stories and poetry have been published in Fordham University's newspaper "The Observer" and in "My Sister's Voices," a collection by Iris Jacob. Oda holds a Bachlor of Arts in theater performance from Fordham University.