There are numerous reasons to get portraits throughout your lifetime: graduation, engagement, pregnancy, holiday cards, or maybe just a new image for your website or LinkedIn profile. Portraits are an investment for your family and your business, so it’s important to style yourself accordingly.
Rachel Zoe couldn’t have said it better. Whether you consider yourself a fashion fanatic or not, what you wear says something about you. When it comes to styling for portraits, there are three key things to consider: simplicity, timelessness, and individuality.
I partnered with a recent graduate to style three looks illustrating the three basic components of styling for portraits.
No matter what your size, shape, color, or age, it’s always best to keep your style simple in a portrait. Busy prints and over-accessorizing are too distracting for portraits, particularly if you’re taking a family or office portrait with multiple people.
Simplicity is embodied in your favorite jeans and a basic white tee. Pairing these go-to items in your closet is sure to make you feel good and look good in any portrait. Make the look your own with a simple, statement accessory like a fedora!
FULL OUTFIT DETAILS:
Denim: Aero Boyfriend Jean (similar)
Top: American Rag (similar)
Fedora: Charlotte Russe (similar)
Because portraits are an investment, you want them to stand the test of time. Avoid trendy apparel and accessories when styling an outfit for a portrait. You don’t want to look back at your photo in a year and feel it’s outdated!
What’s more timeless than the little black dress? The LBD is perfect for any portrait. Pair it with pumps for a corporate look or a bold accessory for an artistic aesthetic. No matter how you style the LBD, it’s sure to make a portrait that will stand the test of time.
FULL OUTFIT DETAILS:
LBD: Forever 21 (exact)
Shoes: Alfani (exact)
Simple and timeless doesn’t mean bland and boring. It’s important to let your individual style shine through in your portrait. Think back to Rachel Zoe’s quote and ask yourself what you want your style to say about you. If you’re taking a milestone portrait, choose an outfit that’s age appropriate and fun. If you’re getting a professional portrait, dress for the industry and job you want, such as business attire for corporate settings or artistic apparel for a more creative field.
When styling the third and final outfit for this recent graduate, I wanted a playful look to reflect her youthful spirit. Since the first two looks are very clean, crisp, and neutral, incorporating a pop of color was key. We completed the look with a classic camel cowboy boot to add a touch of personality and contrast the first two ensembles.
FULL OUTFIT DETAILS
Dress: Flying Tomato (similar)
Boots: Wet Seal (similar)
Photographed by Meghann Miller of Memories by Meghann