So… Last time we met, I gave you my three key fashion recommendations for great portraiture. Today, let’s expand upon that just a bit. Ok. You found your comfy tee and faithful jeans. But are they really the best choice in this case? Here’s a few questions to help with that decision.
- Does it fit? This is so important, it’s a carryover from my last tips. If its baggy, frumpy, makes things bulge or pop out where they shouldn’t, skip it! It just isn’t going to flatter you.
- Does it compliment your shape? A Mu Mu may be comfy, but it does nothing to compliment your shape. There is preciously little I can do to accentuate your curves in garb that hangs (this applies to the dads and sons and uncles too!). So yes, even if you aren’t ecstatic with the shape you were blessed with, form fitting clothes really do photograph better. If they conform to your shape, then I have the option to pose, light, or minimize any issues that may concern you.
- Does it highlight your best feature? The face is typically our focus point in a portrait. The eyes tend to wander anywhere skin is exposed. Therefore, anything that isn’t your face is a candidate to be covered. Plunging necklines and sleeveless tops draw the eyes away from the face (so skip the Ryan Fitzpatrick press release look guys 😀). The same goes for “anomalies” … rips, tears, discoloration, etc. If your wardrobe isn’t in good repair, it will draw attention to your clothes and detract from you.
I hope this starting to make sense. Next time we’ll explore the world of color in your wardrobe!