When you’re preparing for your senior portraits there are obvious things that you consider, and your clothing is one. In the world we live in, we spend a lot of time on the internet – and the oh-so-loved Pinterest. If you get on this sometimes helpful, sometimes not, social networking website and search “What to wear senior portraits” you’ll find yourself looking at images of young boys and girls dressed in bright colors, outlandish outfits, and a lot of styles. Although this is pretty simple, the first and easiest thing you should do is look at yourself and your style: Are you a cowboy cutie? A boho babe? A feminine fashionista? No matter what your style is, you need to express it as a part of who you are. Your senior portraits – all portraits, for that matter – are meant to capture you, including your style!
Another ‘trick of the trade’ is to remember accessories and jewelry that highlight your style and who you are as a person. If you want to show your faith, feel free to wear a cross pendant! Chunky necklaces and bracelets make a statement when paired with the right pieces too – just make sure you don’t over power yourself. Shoes, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, headbands, belts – these things can make your outfit and add a little extra ‘something’ to your outfit. The combination of your clothing and jewelry can make a powerful statement about who you are at this stage in your life.
If you’re a relaxed, laid back, boho loving kind of girl then look through your wardrobe for your earthy tones – with some oranges, greens, and deep reds thrown in. When you think of bohemian, you may imagine baggy pants and shirts, but this doesn’t have to be the case! Although harem and other wide-legged pants are moving up in the bohemian fashion world, beautiful dresses and tops are a staple of any style and wardrobe. Think earth tones, patterns, embroidery, and beading; then pair it with as many bracelets as you’re comfortable with! A loosely crocheted vest or sweater adds a soft touch, finished with a pair of cute sandals – or barefoot, if at all possible! Just make sure not to overdo it with too many “statement” pieces in your ensemble; and remember that headbands, necklaces, and other accessories are always welcome!
If you love your high heels, and bows then you probably love the idea of conveying your feminine style in your senior portraits! If you ask me, lace is every girl’s best friend – or at least should be! Pastels give the idea of soft, gentle personality. Not gentle? Don’t pretend to be! Bright colors like fuchsia, turquoise, and canary yellow all look beautiful on pretty much anyone! A simple day dress or a pair of denim jeans and a nice sweater can convey your femininity well! Accessories can be as fun as you make them – combining statement necklaces, sunhats, and earrings with your ensemble can take it to the next level. If you want to add a little spice to your sweet as sugar look, try throwing in some cheetah print, floral designs, or neon colors!
If you spend your evenings and weekends with your boots in the saddle, you may want to convey your western style and country attitude in your outfit. For the ladies out there, this could mean peasant tops or button ups, with plenty of denim and the occasional big belt buckle! A lot of western accessories and jewelry uses rhinestones, neutral tones, and a lot of turquoise! In many cases, the western style sort of crosses over into gypsy territory – with bangles, long flowing skirts, dream catchers, and tassels. These aspects add a feminine touch to an otherwise masculine style. For the men, there are a lot of button ups and plain t-shirts paired with boots and a cowboy hat or baseball cap – this keeps the masculine look prominent.
Many men aren’t the bit ‘n’ spur type, and they’re a little more on the edge. For these fine fellows, they may take away the boots and replace them with sneakers. For this look, a leather jacket really does the trick. Jeans that are a little more distressed can take away from what could have otherwise been a pretty cut and dry look, especially when paired with a plain white t-shirt! Dark neutral sweaters and button ups can also make for very flattering and expressive outfits. For many guys, less is more – but accessories can also make a big difference. Depending on what you’re comfortable with you may want to pair a scarf, hat, bracelets, necklaces, or rings with your outfit to show more of your personality!
Your style doesn’t have to fit a category – after all, your personality probably doesn’t! Find pieces you like that work together; mix your prints and colors, find a pair of cute sunglasses, or some killer pumps and work it out. Do you have a favorite hat? A jacket? Make an outfit of it! When you look back on your portraits sixty years from now, you’ll tell your grandkids about your favorite little piece of clothing and all the compliments you got on your nights out – yeah, grandparents had teenage social lives too! One day when that shirt is tattered or the jeans are ripped, you’ll have a photograph left to remind you and others of all the memories you’ve made in them.