Brand photographer, Meg Marie, recently reached out to me to for some help. She wrote: “I’m looking to collaborate with a stylist for my 13-page style guide I’m creating…. [I’ve] shared it with a few clients already and they had the feedback that they wish there were a few more specific recommendations for different body types.” I immediately agreed to share my knowledge. I have spent 12 years dressing women of all ages and body types for the still image, and I concur that the most asked question from women is what to wear for their body type.
Whether you’re posing for a brand shoot or a headshot, below are my top 10 fashion recommendations for what to wear for a photoshoot with an emphasis on body type. You can download my clickable headshot specific style guide with professional-oriented examples for each recommendation HERE. To download Meg Marie’s Style Guide CLICK HERE.
What To Wear For A Photoshoot – All Body Types
What To Wear For A Photoshoot If You Have A Large Bust or Short Neck
What To Wear For A Photoshoot If You Have Wide Shoulders
Skip square necklines, like a tank top or tank dress, as they will widen and square up your shoulders even more. Instead, interrupt the firm horizontal line of your shoulders by creating diagonal lines with a halter top, raglan sleeves, high cut cap sleeves, or chevron stripes.
What To Wear For A Photoshoot If You Have Large Arms
What To Wear For A Photoshoot If You Have Wide Hips
What To Wear For A Photoshoot If You Have An Apple Body
What To Wear For A Photoshoot If You Are Short Waisted
If you have a short waist, a dress will create a longer line for your torso versus a pant or skirt. If you want to do separates, skip belts, and go for a medium-rise skirt or pant. Low rise can be flattering for a short waist, but tends to create a muffin top for most ladies.
What To Wear For A Photoshoot If You Have Narrow/Straight Hips
What To Wear For A Photoshoot To Make You Look Taller
Heels will always make you look taller and thinner. Also, shorter skirts and garments that have vertical lines will create length. Notice how tall I look in the images that Meg took of me, even though I am only 5′ 3″. It’s because of the short skirt, straight lines of the dress, and style of shoes: my shoes have a heel and a pointed toe. Pointed toes always create more length than a round toe. A round toe will always shorten you.