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What to Wear for a Portrait

When it comes to wardrobe, I adhere to the famed K.I.S.S. principle – Keep It Simple, Stupid.

People should be focused on you, not your clothes.

There are exceptions – for a cosplay shoot, fashion, or maybe lifestyle, clothing may play a co-starring role.

Otherwise, wear neutral tones, greys or tans, with no logos. Bring anything denim, casual sweaters, shirts or tees (look what a plain white tank top can do),

Next level, bring clothes for layering. Jackets, overshirts, unique vintage items.

Once the basics are covered, break the rules with the occasional curveball. Solid jewel-colored pieces, solid white or black, a crazy scarf or tie, and absolutely anything that makes you feel like a million bucks when you slip it on.

Finally, embellishments. Hats, glasses, jewelry, or props – martini glass, cigar, whatever helps express who you are.

And pro tip: neutral undergarments. By that, I mean pieces that approximate your skin tone. The bright studio lights sometime render wardrobe more sheer than it looks in daylight. That goes for men too – a white undershirt will show through an oxford shirt. Light heathered grey doesn’t show through even white shirts.

Don’t worry, before a shoot we will have a closet consultation. And if you really want to put on the dog, a top tier wardrobe consultant is available to guide you.

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