The best colours to wear for headshots
What is the best colour to wear for headshots?
You’ve come here for an answer to a simple question, and instead you’ve got yourself a blog post?
To answer the question quickly: there is no BEST colour to wear. But there are lot of colours that look great, and some will work better than others depending on your skin tone and eye colour in particular.
So, despite the fact you’re seeing a lot of text below… I am here to help.
Let’s have a look at some colours in headshots, and how they can work powerfully…
UNIVERSALLY SAFE COLOURS
You can pretty safely assume that black, white and grey (the neutrals) are always going to photograph well.
These colours will ensure they don’t generally clash with backgrounds, websites, or even other headshots if they’re being presented on a company website.
BLUE & GREY EYES
For those with blue or grey eyes, the best colours to wear are light and dark blue (denim always looks great), greys and white.
GREEN & HAZEL EYES
Similar to above, matching your clothing to your eye colour always helps make them stand out.
For green and hazel eyes, consider wearing greens, earthy tones and autumn colours (like oranges, creams and beige).
Reds, blacks and earthy tones are your friends here. The darker your eyes, the more impact darker clothing will have.
For paler brown eyes, earthier tones will draw attention to them most.
If you have a pale skintone (like me!) a pop of colour often looks great.
Sometimes darker tones can cause too much contrast and ‘wash you out’. In saying this, having contrast can help if you want to go for something unique and striking.
TANNED & ASIAN SKINTONES
Look for earthy tones, whites, blues and blacks. That’s almost everything – so not very helpful. I find it’s often about balancing what you wear with our choice of background as well. It all comes together.
Grey, black, navy and earthy tones often all look great with darker skintones.
You can also opt for lighter tones, like whites, and they’ll look great too. In these cases, I prefer a mid-darker background to help bring more contrast into the image.
Ultimately, your headshot needs to reflect you and be career-appropriate. You may have specific requirements for colours and styles to wear depending on your career, so keep this in mind too.
You want your headshot to help you stand out and show you at your best. To do that, you also need to feel your best.
Always remember to pick colours that make you happy, and bring out your confidence .
Comments are closed.