What Men Should Wear for their Business Headshots

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You thought suiting up for a big day in the business was important, but none compares to this

day. These images will BRAND you. Branding is an outward expression of how you feel inside. So whatever you wear, it better be YOU. Don’t be anyone else, be who YOU want to be.

What to Wear ­ Everyone

  •  Wear clothes that are comfortable and that make you look great
  •  Make sure your jacket and shirt fit you well. A poor fitting jacket or shirt will be obvious in the photos (especially around the neck)
  •  Don’t overdress
  •  Turtlenecks are almost always a bad idea (since they crowd the face)
  •  Clothes should be neatly pressed and should look new or like new
  •  Avoid busy patterns and large lines/stripes
  •  Blue/green/turquoise shirts/blouses or accents can help emphasize blue/green/hazel eyes
  •  Read Business Clothing ­ Color Psychology and Your Business Clothing 

What to Wear ­ Men

  •  The standard business look is a suit jacket, dress shirt and tie
  •  A casual business look is often a jacket and open dress shirt, shirt and tie (no jacket), or dress shirt on it’s own
  •  Polo shirts are a good look for some businesses. Be sure the shirt is in good condition and fits well
  •  For a no­jacket casual look, bring colored shirts ­ ideally darker than your skin tone
  •  A white dress shirt by itself is a bad idea ­ unless you plan to wear it underneath something (jacket or sweater)
  •  Bring a few different jackets, shirt colors and ties so we have choices for the photo


  •  Keep jewelry extremely simple ­ small is better
  •  Avoid jewelry that would distract from your face or that looks dated
  •  The picture is about your face, not your jewelry
  •  Consider if facial piercings or multiple ear piercings are appropriate for where your photo will be displayed
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