Obviously you’ll want to look your best for your photo shoot, and the most sure-fire way to accomplish that is to wear what you look and feel really great in. I’ve packed this fashion guide with information that will hopefully help you discover exactly what outfit(s) that is for you.
First of all, no matter how in love with that great new top you are, if you’re not comfortable in it then you won’t look or feel as confident wearing it in front of the camera. If your clothes are too tight they may accentuate the areas you’d rather hide, while clothing that’s too loose may come across in camera as sloppy or distracting. I completely understand that deciding what to wear for your photo shoot can be overwhelming, but I promise that planning ahead will ALWAYS pay off.
Here are more tips on how to dress your body in the most flattering way possible…
Clothes that FIT your body are most flattering. The end.
Regardless of size, with every body type the goal is to create balance…
P e a r S h a p e: Proportionally you are tinier from the waist up relative to the rest of your body.
Celeb like you: Beyonce
Goal: Bring focus to your upper body by creating more width and volume in your shoulders/chest
What to wear: Clothes that FIT WELL, boat necks, colored and detailed tops, layers, cropped jackets, horizontal lines, patterns, pockets, and a-line skirts that skim your hips
H o u r g l a s s : Your bust and hips are pretty evenly proportioned (you’re curvy. ooh la la)
Celeb like you: Scarlet Johansson
Goal: Flaunt your classic shape by zoning in on your waist as a focal point
What to wear: Clothes that FIT WELL, belts belts belts, full skirts with wide waist bands, wrap tops/dresses, pencil skirts, boot-cut pants will make your hips look slimmer while a skinny fit will enhance your curves
I n v e r t e d T r i a n g l e : Broad shoulders compared to your waist & the rest of your body.
Celeb like you: Tyra Banks
Goal: Add volume around your hips to create the illusion of an hourglass shape (but remember to show off those killer shoulders!)
What to wear: Clothes that FIT WELL, low V or U necks, thicker straps, skirts that flare at the hip, straight leg pants
R e c t a n g l e : Your shape is athletic with hips and bust that are about the same width.
Celeb like you: Cameron Diaz
Goal: Break up your silhouette to create shape
What to wear: Clothes that FIT WELL, colorful/wide belts worn at the waist, horizontal stripes, tops w/detail around the bust (i.e. ruffles, ruching, sequins), V necks to break up your straight torso, flared leg pants to create curve, empire waists
A p p l e : Full chest with little waistline definition.
Celeb like you: Catherine Zeta-Jones
Goal: Similar to that of the Rectangle & Inverted Triangle…slim at the waist
What to wear: Clothes that FIT WELL, pencil skirts, fitted tops, solids/dark tops (ie black, navy, dark brown, grey), empire waist, single breasted jackets
Nothing is more attractive than confidence…and clothing that fits well can give you that extra little dose of it that will help you rock your photo shoot.
Personally I think that color is overlooked too often when it comes to our fashion choices. Yes shape matters, but we’ve more than covered that, so now let’s get your skin to glow! Think about the go-to colors that you feel confident and attractive in. They’re the same colors that people tell you that you look great in huh. Ding ding ding! Those are the colors you should be wearing for photos!!! There is a lot of science garb and color wheel jazz that help explain why “your colors” are able to give your skin that soft glow, but all of that can easily be applied simply by choosing to wear the colors you get compliments in.
F O R H I M & H E R
It can be tough enough finding something to wear for just one of you, but most times there is the Mr. to dress as well! Using the tips from above, I’ve created this fashion guide that will help you wow the camera and feel confident from head to toe!
S h i r t s :
Deciding on what shirt to wear is by far the hardest thing for me. So many options!!! Just remember to choose something that fits your body and flaunts your best assets.
Have you got killer arms? Then consider wearing shorter sleeves. Does your waist narrow nicely? Accentuate it with a peplum.
Clothing that fits well doesn’t necessarily fit tightly, but it should definitely NOT be baggy. Avoid the sag (that’s probably sound advice for many aspects of life).
Guys, try layering one of your plain T’s under a plaid button-up or a jacket. This is a great way to get couple’s outfits to accent one another without looking too matchy-matchy. Be you, remember the tips, and don’t stress!
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D r e s s e s:
Dresses are my absolute favorite for photo shoots! They always look so classy and they’re super easy to dress up or down.
At least consider a dress when deciding what to wear for your photos.
S h o e s :
Shoes are a great way to show off your personal style. Whether you want a sassy heel, fashionable boot, or casual flat, keep it fun and keep it you!
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A c c e s s o r i e s :
Woop Woop! These gems are what will bring everything together, complete your look, and ensure a successful experience during your photo session. Have fun here and let your personality shine oh so brightly.
Sport a pair of fancy pearl earrings for a touch of elegance, or slip on a trendy scarf for that great pop of color.
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Holy Toledo. We’ve covered it all. You’re now officially an expert on what to wear for photos, and you’re fully prepared to brave the shops or simply open up your closet to start creating “your look”.
P R E T T Y P L E A S E remember that these tips are designed to help you pull off a confident and fashionable look in camera. Which means that you may want to consider switching out your fave skinny jeans and slouch sweater (adorable for real life) for something more tailored that still shows off your awesome personality for photos.
I T I S C R U C I A L that you feel good in what you’ve got on. That goes for future brides and grooms alike. The guidelines above are just a place to start. I’d say be yourself and you’ll look fantastic. If you hate jewelry, don’t throw a ton on because you’re “supposed to accessorize”, or buy a pair of flared jeans you hate just because “your body shape looks best in them”. Be who you are and feel comfortable in what you choose to wear!