What to Wear for College Yearbook Photos

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Your yearbook photo is the way your classmates will remember you long after you’ve gone your separate ways. There is no need to dress formally for your yearbook picture, but you don’t want to show up in the first thing you touched when you opened your closet that morning.


Select clothing in dark colors, especially for your shirt. A general rule of dressing for photographs is that your face should be the lightest part of the picture. This draws the eye to your face, and also keeps you from appearing pale and washed out. An added advantage is that dark colors are more slimming. Note what color you are wearing when people compliment you on your outfit. This will help you determine what color looks best with your skin tone, eye color and hair color. If possible, find out what color the photograph background will be and wear a shirt in a different color.


Choose clothing in solid colors. Avoid patterns, plaid, polka dots and stripes. Clothing with loud colors or patterns draws attention away from your face. Also avoid shirts with pictures or logos. When people look at the picture, you want them to focus on your face, not try to make out what your shirt says. Plain and simple is always better when it comes to yearbook pictures.


Select clothing in a classic style that won’t date you. You don’t want to look back at your yearbook picture a year from now and realize that you chose an outfit that is already ridiculously out of style. Collared T-shirts, V-neck shirts or mock turtlenecks are good choices for a classic shirt. Choose pants instead of shorts, especially if your legs will be in the picture. Jeans or khaki pants look good with nearly any shirt.


Make sure that your clothing is clean and wrinkle-free. Wrinkles are difficult to hide in photo editing software, so iron your clothing before you put it on if it wrinkles easily. Women should be sure not to wear shirts with low necklines, since the photographer may take the picture from an upward angle. Be sure that your clothing fits well and is not too tight or too baggy.