What to Wear for Portraits

You want to immortalize your beautiful likeness--or your family's--in a portrait. The ultimate goal is to look fashionable and timeless in the photograph, but you don’t know what colors and fabrics work best. If you're clueless about what to wear for a special portrait, learn a few key fashion pointers before you strike a pose.

Wear monochromatic colors. Clothing with bold stripes and colorful prints are distracting. Choose one solid hue that complements your eye color. Dark colored clothing works well because it has a slimming effect in photographs .Avoid very light colors as they don't photograph well.

Wear classic styles to prevent the photograph from looking outdated later. A simple sheath dress for women or a blue or gray suit for men are recommended fashion choices. Or ask the photographer to recommend clothing options that will blend best with the portrait setting.

Keep your makeup and hairstyle simple. Outlandish hairdos and extreme makeup choices look unnatural. Makeup is actually exaggerated in portraits by the harsh lighting. Subtle tones and hair combed away from the face allow your natural beauty to shine through.

Wear V-necks. Bulky turtlenecks, thick scarves and sweaters can add additional pounds to your appearance. V-necks and open collars elongate the neck and body and flatter your face. Likewise, choose sleek, close-fitting clothes over baggy.

Dress your family members in complementary colors. When sitting for a family portrait, apply the monochromatic rule discussed in Step 1. Or use a color palate that has variations of one color theme. A family portrait should focus on your faces; clothing options are secondary elements when considering the overall composition of the photograph.