One the most asked questions I hear is "what should I wear for my headshot?". It's a great question and one that comes with a lot of possibilities depending on your style, body type and budget. 

Jackets:

If your unsure, go classic. This would mean this means navy blue or grey, a notch lapel In with a two button cut, no need to go 3 piece or 3 button unless you need it for your brand.   Fit is key and the shoulders are critical here. The  seam should not extend beyond the end of your shoulder. If you are between sizes grab the larger one as long as the shoulders fit well, we can pin it in the back as needed. If your in doubt this might be a good time to get a new jacket or contact your tailor.   
Speaking of your tailor, if the torso looks boxy, see if they can  shape the body. Basically you should not be able to fit anything bigger than an orange  into the chest area when the jacket is buttoned.Check the width of the lapel so it's moderate in size. If it's too skinny or two wide will give away the year you bought it. Similarly, make sure the notch isn't placed too high — it should more or less line up with the shoulders or slightly below.At the end of the day a great fitting classic color jacket will make you look like a million dollars on camera!

Speaking of your tailor, if the torso looks boxy, see if they can  shape the body. Basically you should not be able to fit anything bigger than an orange  into the chest area when the jacket is buttoned.

Check the width of the lapel so it's moderate in size. If it's too skinny or two wide will give away the year you bought it. Similarly, make sure the notch isn't placed too high — it should more or less line up with the shoulders or slightly below.

At the end of the day a great fitting classic color jacket will make you look like a million dollars on camera!

Shirts: 

There are a few key factors in the shirt and like the jacket, fit is key. The collar should fit nicely with gap between the shirt collar and your neck (when the shirt is buttoned up) should be big enough for two fingers to slide through. I prefer open collars over buttoned down as well, in some cases they go will if you are going to wear a tie but again, if you have a great shirt that fits well that trumps the buttons.  Classic colors like blue, white, purples are good choices. Some light patterns work well too. 

Your shirt should fit snugly over the natural curves of the body. If your shirt doesn't fit properly it will start to bunch up and look boxy around your body. 

Try to stay away from anything with crazy bold patterns or colors. Clothing with really tight grids or a small herringbone pattern can create a pattern effect on camera, so try and stay away from any tight patterns like that. Stripes that are a little further apart are okay. Also try to stay away from really reflective, shiny, silk shirts.  Also, bright colors are great for your next party, but maybe not your next headshot ;)

Below I review a wide selection of colors and patterns check them out below. Check out all the quick videos below for some more of my thoughts on the different colors, fabrics, etc. 

Sport coats are an easy and popular way to dress up any look.  Here we look at blue and grey sport coats with some various color shirts. 

Blue jackets and shirts

Grey Jacket and shirts

Shirt and Tie combinations that can spark some ideas for color and pattern combinations. 

Shirt and Tie combos

What not to wear? Here are some thoughts on shirts and colors that sometimes don't work great on camera. This isn't a hard and fast rule as your personal brand may include these colors but as a rule it's best to stay more neutral in color palettes. 

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