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Corporate Guide


What to Wear Tips for Men

  • The standard business look is a suit jacket, dress shirt and tie.  If you plan on wearing a three-piece suit, make sure it’s tailored impeccably.

  • Guys, if you’re not confident tying a great tie knot, tie it before you come to the studio and slip it over your head. A sloppy tie knot, looks like just that—sloppy. I would recommend the Pratt or Shelby Knot.

  • A casual business look is often a jacket and open-collar dress shirt, shirt and tie (no jacket), t-shirt under a blazer or dress shirt on it's own.

  • Polo shirts are an OK casual look for some businesses. However, be sure the shirt is in great condition and fits properly.

  • For a no-jacket casual look, bring colored shirts - ideally darker than your skin tone.

  • Choose clothes that are new or in like new condition.

  • Black and white are go-to colors for many people on a daily basis but I do not recommend them for headshots. Substitute black with richer neutrals like chocolate, navy, maroon and forest green.  Grey is also a popular color for suit jackets as well.  Subtle prints/patterns can be effective as well.

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Things to Avoid

  • Busy patterns

  • Clashing colors

  • Turtlenecks are almost always a bad idea as they crowd the face.

  • Shiny fabrics — no silk or satin

  • A white shirt by itself is a bad idea - it draws attention away from the face. Better to wear white under a jacket or sweater.

  • Wrinkled clothes

  • Clothes that don’t fit properly.  Watch for gaps, particularly, at the back of your neck. Conversely, watch that your shirt isn’t too tight, causing your neck to “bulge” over your collar… even a little bulge will look terrible in camera.

  • Button down collars, unless it’s an intentional style choice for you.  Button-down collars rarely lay nicely in a photo.

  • Wearing tops in flesh tones (cream, beige, pastels, peach or yellow), as they will blend your face into your clothes.

  • Neon colors as they can be too bold and take attention away from you. It can cast the color on your skin and no one wants fuchsia skin.

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