WHAT TO WEAR FOR SENIOR PICTURES

A Fashion Forward Senior's Guide To A Portrait Perfect Wardrobe

WHAT TO WEAR

Bright - jewel toned colors

Complimentary layers

Functional clothing: if you want to get the most out of your poses, you need to be able to sit, squat, stand, etc comfortably in your outfits

Classic and thin chained jewelry paired with simple earrings

A variety of outfits that show off your true personality: at least one classic outfit + jeans, shorts, flowy dresses, skirts, etc... mix it up!

NUDE under garments

Tailored clothing that accentuates your best assets

 

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senior portrait fashion

Not sure what to wear for your senior pictures?...

We put together this little guide to help you with ideas and fashion inspiration for putting together your senior portrait looks!

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All of our senior sessions come with custom styling and wardrobe selection to make sure you look and feel fabulous! 

What not to wear for your senior pictures

WHAT NOT TO WEAR

Wrinkled & dull clothes

Short length skirts, dresses and/or shorts that expose too much when sitting, squatting or bending over

Trendy and chunky jewelry that can draw attention away from your face

The same outfits of the same style over and over again: wearing four dresses over the course of your portraits may not show variety

White pants

Cleavage-baring tops & blouses

Tight fitting clothing that can accentuate problem areas

 

WARDROBE BY BODYTYPE

If you’re nervous about what kinds of clothes to wear in order to accent your best features, have no fear! Below you’ll learn how to dress to create illusions for the best possible you

The Ruler Body Type 1

THE RECTANGLE BODYTYPE

TRAITS:

Your slender upper body tends to be the same width as your slender lower body you may often consider yourself “boxy”

YOUR WARDROBE GOAL:

Enhance your figure by creating curves with hemlines and colors

DOS & DON'TS

 

Don’t be afraid to experiment with colors - if you want to accentuate your upper body, wear a brightly colored top with darker bottoms; and vice versa if you want to accentuate your lower half

Shapely tops (scoop neck, v-neck, sweetheart, halter necklines) can create curves on your upper body peplum tops or dresses will add curves by bringing attention to your hips

Refined patterns in classically bold colors help give depth and a richness to your frame

High waisted belts will give you the illusion of a smaller waist which will add curves

WHAT TO WEAR FOR SENIOR PICTURES

Wardrobe By Bodytype

The Pear Body Type

THE TRIANGLE BODY TYPE

TRAITS:

 Your upper body (shoulders, breasts, and stomach) is more slender in comparison to your wider lower body (hips, thighs and bottom)

YOUR WARDROBE GOAL:

To balance out your lower body by creating optical illusions on your upper body with appropriate clothing

DOS & DON'TS

 Keep your tops lighter in color than your bottoms - it will bring attention to your thin upper frame

Wear blazers and jackets that stop at the hipline

Brightly colored cardigans/tops will always draw attention away from your hips and up towards your face

Your pants should be boot or flare cut - it will help balance out your hips

Stay away from pencil skirts - they will only accentuate your lower body

WHAT TO WEAR FOR SENIOR PICTURES

Wardrobe By Bodytype

Hour glass Body Type

THE HOUR GLASS BODY TYPE

TRAITS:

Your upper body and lower body are similar in width, while a very small waist breaks through your middle

You often refer to yourself as “curvy” with a small waistline

YOUR WARDROBE GOAL:

To accentuate your curves without looking suggestive

DOS & DON'TS

Wear fitted/tailored looks that aren’t too tight or attention drawing

Waistline belts can help accentuate your stomach and show off your figure

Skinny jeans and bootcut jeans look best on you

Nude high heels can lengthen your legs

Try not to wear your skirts/dresses too short as it can look less than classy on your body type

Fitted jackets can help hide larger breasts and not call so much attention to them

Watch how low your top plunges - keep it senior appropriate

WHAT TO WEAR FOR SENIOR PICTURES

Wardrobe By Bodytype

The Wedge Body Type

THE INVERTED TRIANGLE BODY TYPE

TRAITS:

Your upper body (shoulders, chest and stomach) measure wider than your smaller lower body

YOUR WARDROBE GOAL:

Minimize your upper body and accentuate your lower body to create balance for your body type

DOS & DON'TS

High waisted bottoms are great for this look because they help bring attention to your shapely hips

Keep your neckline soft: go for cowl necks, deep v-necks or even scoop necks

Stay away from spaghetti straps as they can draw attention to a larger upper body

Do use a high waisted belt to accentuate your waist line

Go for simple and darker toned tops while experimenting with brightly colored or refined printed bottoms

Wear wide legged pants to balance out a wider upper body

WHAT TO WEAR FOR SENIOR PICTURES

Wardrobe By Bodytype

Apple Body Type

THE CIRCLE BODY TYPE

TRAITS:

Your middle body holds most of your weight (chest, upper arms, stomach, hips and bottom)

YOUR WARDROBE GOAL:

Lengthen your torso and create the illusion of a waistline

DOS & DON'TS

 Wear a great tummy shaper to minimize any bulge at the waist and an uplifting bra to create separation between your waistline and bra line

A darker toned, longer length cardigan can help elongate your torso and cut your middle in half, horizontally

Wear a structured blazer or jacket that will help draw angular lines giving your upper body structure

3/4 sleeves are best for your tops to draw attention away from your upper arms

Heavier fabrics are best to help hide any trouble areas - any lycra or spandex in your clothing means that it may cling to your body

WHAT TO WEAR FOR SENIOR PICTURES

Wardrobe By Skin Tone

Warm Vs. Cool Skin Tones

Warm Skin Tones

Warm skin tones are usually deep and have yellow, olive or tan undertones.

People with warm skin tones (called “summers”) usually have brunette hair, red hair (with brown eyes) and black hair. Most warm toned people have dark or hazel eyes.

Quick Tip: jewel tones still look good on warm tones, but deeper in color (eggplant instead of purple, deep teal instead of electric blue)

Complimentary Colors: khaki, gray, olive green, orange, coral

What to wear - Senior pictures wardrobe by skine tone

Cool Skin Tones

Cool skin tones are usually pale and have blue, pink, or magenta undertones.

People with cool skin tones (called “winters”) usually have light blonde hair, red hair and light eyes. Some have extreme contrasts like dark brown hair with blue eyes and pale skin.

Quick Tip: if you have blue eyes, wear blue... and the same goes for green eyes and a green outfit

Complimentary Colors: shades of blue, green, purple

What to wear - Senior pictures wardrobe by skine tone

WHAT TO WEAR FOR SENIOR PICTURES

Wardrobe By Style

CAREFREE CASUAL


One of the best things you can remember when deciding your senior portrait wardrobe is to BE YOURSELF!

If denim cut-offs, sandals and a slouchy knit top is your way of relaxing, let one of your outfits show that off! Don’t be scared of this style - you can still keep it looking pretty!

Whether you like bold colors or muted tones, there is so much you can do with this casual senior look!

The huge plus to this style is that it completely transitions into any season so there’s no reason to worry about the weather!

 

A FEW TIPS AND TRICKS TO KEEP IT POLISHED


A casual classic will always be denim. Whether it’s cut-off shorts, boot cut jeans or denim skinnies, you can always transform this look into whatever you want it to be.

Keep your colors neutral and bold (instead of soft) to play up your primary colors. If you want to add a few complimentary colors, throw on a super fun scarf.

To keep this look casual, keep your top loose fitting and/or slouchy.

 

COLORS TO MIX AND MATCH


  • denim & green with blue
  • orange & blue
  • denim & brown
  • white & coral
  • denim & coral

WHAT TO WEAR FOR SENIOR PICTURES

Wardrobe By Style

URBAN STREET


Whether it’s military/combat boots, leather jackets or bold angular patterns, urban street style is always a great modern look for your senior portaits.
If you’re looking for a hard edge, stick with dark muted tones and tailored outfits that are as straight laced as your boots. If you want to soften it up a bit, add a few brighter tones and flowy fabrics to keep it chic but still street.
Feel free to mix and match new threads with thrift shop finds and remember to throw back a bit to the ‘80s and ‘90s.

 

A FEW TIPS AND TRICKS TO KEEP IT POLISHED


Want to brighten up a foundation of dark colors? Try a printed pair of leggings with a pop of color.

Remember the shoes: To really kick up your outfit and keep it real, throw on a pair of legit underground kicks. Play with either ankle or high top chucks for a more alternative look and play with military lace ups or combats for that army brat look. Or spice it up with a pair of heels!

Jackets: The only way to go for this look is to keep it structured and dark. Black leather or army green jackets will keep your look muted and edgy. Keep them matte with metal accents for authenticity.

 

COLORS TO MIX AND MATCH


  • army green & matte black
  • desert brown & matte black
  • silver & charcoal gray
  • deep navy blue & slate gray
  • camo green & chocolate brown

WHAT TO WEAR FOR SENIOR PICTURES

Wardrobe By Style

PRETTY PREP


This look is for those who love tailored structure with whimsy accents.

Collars meet jewels while blazers are paired with pops of color all while staying inside the lines.

Soft patterns share pastel colors and light and airy fabrics are paired with streamlined silhouettes.

If you’re a happy, go lucky girl who likes to look polished and playful, this is the style for you.

 

A FEW TIPS AND TRICKS TO KEEP IT POLISHED


For a bold look, play up your patterns in a bold way and go with large prints.

For a softer look, keep your prints small and light. If you do go with floral/pretty prints, remember to anchor them with a heavy solid.

Balance the seasonal approach by pairing chunky sweaters with light skirts or fall skinnies to keep the look girly and fresh

 

COLORS TO MIX AND MATCH


  • cream & blush
  • chambray & neutrals (blacks, whites, nudes, grays)
  • pastels & nudes
  • light blue & apple green
  • nautical blue & white rose
  • gold & peach

WHAT TO WEAR FOR SENIOR PICTURES

Wardrobe By Style

LUCKY IN LACE


Whether it’s a lace top, lace shorts or a lace dress, you can never go wrong with this fun and flirty classic!

Keep it modern by wearing it in bold and bright colors or keep it timeless with muted tones of cream and blush.

Play it up with a strand of pearls or bring it way down by pairing lace with cowboy boots for a down home style.

It’s feminine and always soft when you want to keep your senior portrait style all American with that “girl next door” look.

 

A FEW TIPS AND TRICKS TO KEEP IT POLISHED


To keep lace looking high end, be sure to purchase only those pieces that are scalloped or open hemmed. This makes the piece look unique and intricate.

Remember that lace is usually see through, so pair your piece with nude under garments. Refrain from using anything other than nude under garments because it can come off as less than classy.

If you are foregoing pretty pearls for a more modern look, stick with thin chained necklaces when wearing lace as not to compete with the pattern in the lace.

 

COLORS TO MIX AND MATCH


  • cream & blush
  • cream & white
  • black & pink
  • coral & nude
  • coral & dark
  • denim blue & black/nude

WHAT TO WEAR FOR SENIOR PICTURES

Wardrobe By Style

BOHO BEAUTIFUL


Whether you’re a wanderlust at heart or a wild spirit, this boho look is for you! This style is the love child of the gypsies and the 1970s and is such a great way to bring emotional freedom into your senior portraits!

Most boho looks are light and airy with sheer fabrics and lace while others are full of bold tribal patterns and hints of Middle Eastern flair. You can mix and match these two options or keep them separate for two completely different looks.

 

A FEW TIPS AND TRICKS TO KEEP IT POLISHED


If you decide on sheer fabrics, remember to bring NUDE undergarments to maintain your modesty. Black or white undergarments will definitely show through.

Stackable bangles are HUGE accessories for this look and can add to the authenticity of the style.

Headbands (for across the forehead) also bring a certain genuine look to match this gypsy throwback style.

The more rings, the better! The more layers you have on, the better! Add on a sheer kimono, fur vest belted with skinny belt, boot socks, and everything else you can think of!

 

COLORS TO MIX AND MATCH


  • cream & blush
  • cream & nude
  • cream & pink
  • Middle Eastern tones
  • Indian tones

WHAT TO WEAR FOR SENIOR PICTURES

Wardrobe By Style

COUNTRY CHIC


Lovely ruffles and lace paired with sheer and flowy farbics are the main factors of this wonderfully classic senior portrait style.

As the sun sets and the warm light fills the air, your hair will be effortlessly lit with a halo and your sheer dress will leave behind an amazing silhouette.

If you want to nix the flow and trade it in for a strapping pair of bootsocks, keep the balance with a pretty top edged in ruffles or light lacey pattern.

 

A FEW TIPS AND TRICKS TO KEEP IT POLISHED


This style is for the ultimate casual feminine look! Keep it classic by sticking with super soft and neutral tones - nudes, creams, and blushes.

Layering adds so much to this look and can take your outfit from simple to polished in seconds! Layer your ruffled dress with a sheer kimono to add light depth.

Notice how sheer your country chic outfit is when purchasing it! The more sheer, the better when it’s sunlit! Don’t forget nude undergarments!

If you want to add a pop of color to your neutral wardrobe, throw on a bright scarf, statement necklace (turquoise fits the style perfectly) or chambray button down top - keep it country but sophisticated!

 

COLORS TO MIX AND MATCH


  • cream & nude
  • cream & white
  • nude & pink
  • turquoise & cream
  • coral & light denim
  • cream & chambray

WHAT TO WEAR FOR SENIOR PICTURES

Wardrobe By Style

GORGEOUS GLAM


This is the time to memorialize your senior year - and what better way to do that than to showcase your formal dress from Homecoming or Prom?

Glam it up with your favorite dress that flatters you to the core!

Of course, you’ll have pictures from Prom or Homecoming taken with a point and shoot camera, but it’s a whole other story to have professionaly styled and captured images of your all glammed up at a location to match!

Show off your formal style for ultimate senior pictures variety!

 

A FEW TIPS AND TRICKS TO KEEP IT POLISHED


The length of your dress speaks loudly! A short dress means you’re the life of the party and ready to go! While a long dress exudes elegance and Hollywood glamour!

Always remember to bring the appropriate NUDE undergarments for your dress: strapless or convertible bra, SPANX, seamless underwear, shapewear, etc.

If you want to showcase this look for your senior portraits, always bring a back up just in case! It’s always a smart decision to have Plan B for your portrait session day!

Keep in mind that the more sequins and embellishments on your dress, the less accessories you will need. Vice versa goes for a simple dress

 

COLORS TO MIX AND MATCH


  • black & nude
  • red & black
  • silver & blue
  • blush pink & nude
  • gold & black

AND if you still need help...

Get our studio mag & request more info!

And don't forget, all of our senior sessions come with custom styling, wardrobe selection, and pro hair and makeup. We will make sure you look and feel fabulous! 

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