What To Wear For Business Headshots

A good business headshot is important to have! In a lot of cases, your headshot is the first impression anyone gets of you. Hiring an experienced headshot photographer is KEY to achieving a great headshot look, but there are some really important things you should consider before your headshot appointment. Here are a few tips on what to wear and how to style your hair/makeup for your headshots!


  1. Choose a suit that doesn’t bunch up when you sit down, or when it buttons.
  2. If you’re not wearing a tie, consider wearing a shirt that isn’t white. If your shirt is white, consider wearing a suit jacket as well as white will wash out the color in your face.
  3. Solid shirt colors are best (sans black), but consider small patterns instead of large big patterns in the fabric. It’ll take attention away from your face.
  4. Black suit jackets are okay with a bold or bright shirt color underneath.
  5. Apply a little product in your hair, even if you don’t use it on a regular basis. A little hair gel or mouse massaged through your tresses can go a long way and will make you stand out!


  1. Solid tops with sleeves are best. Patterns can distract away from your face as well as dates the photo. Small pinstripes are okay.
  2. Consider wearing a V-neck, as they generally look great on women.
  3. Try to avoid wearing scarves or turtlenecks. They’ll clutter your neckline.
  4. Unless you LOVE your arms, try to avoid wearing sleeveless tops. If you like, you can layer a suit jacket or cardigan over your sleeveless top as an alternative.
  5. Earrings and necklaces are great for drawing attention to your face. I will always say they’re a great idea! Try earrings that dangle at least an inch from your lobe and necklaces that stay on your chest but isn’t too complicated to look at.
  6. Spend some extra attention to your eyes, especially eyeliner and mascara since those two things can feel “washed out” in photos. Most women will opt-in for a natural look, but try to apply more color than what you’d put on for a usual day in the office, knowing that the color will translate more firmly in portraits.
  7. Style your hair away from your face. Most people will instinctively turn their face for more of a side profile or hide half of their face with their hair, but the most distinctive headshots are the ones where you can see your entire face.


  1. Avoid wearing white as it will wash out your face color. Avoid wearing black as it’ll make you look less approachable.
  2. Avoid logos or pictures on your clothing.
  3. Iron and prep your clothes to make sure they’re fuzz and wrinkle-free!
  4. Consider not wearing your glasses in your headshot. Unless you have rimless glasses, frames generally tend to hide your eyes and make you seem less approachable in your portrait.


I will be directing you on how to pose for your headshot, but it never hurts to do a little “homework.” Here are a couple of great videos on posing prep!

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