Outfit Styling Tips for Senior Girls Pictures

Ideas for what to wear, how to feel confident and look great in your yearbook photos!

Senior-Girl-Headshot-Green-Nature-BackgroundSenior-Girl-Headshot-Green-Nature-Background Senior-Girl-Picture-with-pink-flower-backgroundSenior-Girl-Picture-with-pink-flower-background Senior-Pose-Hand-on-FaceSenior-Pose-Hand-on-Face

Your senior photography session is going to be so much FUN! Part of the fun is figuring out what to wear. Always be true to your own personal fashion style. Whether you like classic clothing, preppy styles, edgy or bohemian looks, stick with what you love to wear and you will shine in your pictures!  

 

Styling Tips for Senior Girls 

SHOP IN YOUR OWN CLOSET FIRST.

Then determine if you need to buy anything else to complete a look. 

ONLY WEAR STYLES THAT YOU FEEL GOOD WEARING.

Always be you. Choose clothing pieces that make you feel good when you put them on.

CHOOSE COMFORT.

Wear comfortable clothes that fit your body well. Wearing clothes that don't fit properly will make you feel uncomfortable and it will show in your pictures.

DRESS FOR THE SEASON.   

Look for inspiration. Search "senior portraits" on Google or Pinterest and my website to see outfit examples for every season.

PICK ONE COLOR PALETTE. 

Choose a color palette that you love and looks great on you! Color palettes can be muted tones, earthy tones, bright or jewel tones. As an example, you could choose 1-2 complimentary colors within your color palette to mix with a neutral. Avoid wearing all white, black, navy blue or dark green, especially around your face. When photographed, they each can reflect an odd color cast on the skin. Avoid neon colors entirely, they do not photograph well. Visit my blog post to learn more about clothing color combinations. 

wardrobe-color-chartwardrobe-color-chart

PLAY WITH COLORS AND PRINTS.

Within your chosen color palette, play with a mix of solids and prints. If you'd like to wear prints, keep them on the smaller side. Avoid big, bold graphic prints, they take over a portrait and can be very distracting to look at. Also avoid tiny stripes, tiny checks and reflective clothing. They show up as odd wavy patterns in photos. 

WEAR A SIMPLE NECKLINE.

Decide what you're going to wear on top first. That garment will help direct the rest of your outfit. Choose a simple neckline that flatters your face and elongates your neck. Keep in mind that bateau neck shirts, tank tops and other wide necklines often show bra straps. 

PLAY WITH LAYERS.

A layering piece will elevate your look. A simple denim jacket, blazer, button down shirt & tank or an open cardigan sweater will add texture to your outfit. 

PLAN YOUR OUTFITS IN THEIR ENTIRETY.

Style your outfits from head to toe including your undergarments. Add simple, fun accessories like a thin belt, small necklace, and earrings. Don't forget about your shoes! Coordinate your sandals, shoes, or boots. Think about how you'll be able to move. Will you be able to easily sit, squat, lay down etc. in the outfits you're considering?

IRON YOUR OUTFITS.

Iron your final outfit choices the night before your photoshoot. Keep on hangers and hung up until your just before your session. Clothing wrinkles can not be fully edited without degrading the image.  

 

sudbury-senior-girl-headshotsudbury-senior-girl-headshot senior-girl-at-wayside-gristmillsenior-girl-at-wayside-gristmill vertical-senior-portrait-girl-leaning-on-fencevertical-senior-portrait-girl-leaning-on-fence

 

MakeUp for Senior Pictures 

You want your portraits to highlight your natural beauty. If you don't like to wear makeup, you don't have to. There are some benefits to wearing a little makeup in pictures. 

  • Mascara will help make your eyes pop and eyeshadow gives your eyes contour. 

  • Use translucent powder to help set foundation. This combo will help reduce skin redness and shine spots as well as help even out your skin tone.
  • Blush gives your make up a finished look. 

  • Matte makeup photographs the best. Avoid sparkle and glitter. 

A week before your session, try on your outfits and do your make up. Look at your face in different light to determine if you're wearing too much.

You might consider having your makeup professionally done. The pros know how to apply makeup that looks best for photography. 

 

Hair & Nails

Think about how you'll wear your hair. If you need a trim, schedule an appointment for two weeks before your session, no later. On the day of your session, use styling products that help minimize frizz. Be sure to bring a brush or comb + hairspray to your photoshoot. 

Your nails are easy to overlook. Make sure they look nicely filed and clean; they will be showing in your photos. If you're going to wear nail polish check for chips and repaint them before your session. 

 

Tanning

Limit your sun exposure several weeks before your session to minimize skin redness and avoid tan lines. Otherwise you will look red or orange in your photos. Avoid body bronzer too.

 

Senior Picture Timeline & Checklist

I created a senior picture timeline and checklist as an organizational tool for seniors and their parents. You can download a free copy right from my blog post, click on the link above to view.