Article By Megan Blusys, Photo by Joe Blusys
In Part 1, we talked about tips to choosing the right outfit for your senior session – dressing in layers, choosing solid colors, accessories, etc. Part 2 offers tips for how to make sure you select clothes that are flattering and will make you look your best. Let’s get started.
Pick colors that complement your skin tone
If you have a warm skin tone, you should lean toward warmer and richer colors like reds, oranges, yellows and dark browns. If you have a cooler skin tone, you should lean toward cooler colors like purples, greens and blues. If you have a neutral skin tone, you can basically wear warm or cool colors.
Don’t know what skin tone you have? Look at the veins on the underside of your arm. Veins that appear greenish indicate yellow undertones, which means your skin tone is warm. Veins that appear to be more blueish indicate blue undertones, which means your skin tone is cool. Also, think about whether you look better in pure white or off-white. If you look better in pure white, you have a cool skin tone. If you look better in off-white, you have a warm skin tone.
Wear tops that give you a nice silhouette
Too tight outfits will show everything you may want to hide; too baggy outfits will add size and make you look heavier. That means avoiding clothes that are bulky (like fluffy sweaters) or flowy (like summer or beach wear). Instead, go for tops that are more form-fitting. Please note, form-fitting does not mean skin-tight. If you can see bulges, it’s too tight.
Don’t wear sleeves that cut off at the widest part of your arm. Also, bare arms tend to add weight, so be careful with sleeveless and spaghetti-strap tops and dresses.
Choose the right neckline for your face and body
The right neckline can make you appear taller, slimmer, and more stylish. So which one is right for you? Follow this guide:
Sweetheart, Scoop Neck, V-Neck, and Square Neck
Pros: Lower, open necklines bring attention to your face and elongate your upper body, especially if you’re petite or have a short neck. Also, if you have a smaller chest, sweetheart and scoop necklines are best at creating the illusion of curves. Round faces look best in a v-neck or square neck.
Cons: If you are bigger on top or have a long neck, lower necklines won’t be flattering.
Crew Neck and Boatneck
Pros: If you have a narrow, oval or heart-shaped face, a long neck, small chest or sloped shoulders, necklines on or near the collarbone draw the eye to your shoulders so you appear more balanced and proportioned.
Cons: They can make you look bigger than you are if you have generous curves, a round face, short neck or broad shoulders.
Turtlenecks and Cowl-Necks
Pros: To offset a long neck or face, choose a turtleneck. A cowl-neck (a looser version of a turtleneck that drapes at the chest) creates a vertical line that elongates the body; they can make petite women appear more curvaceous and pear-shaped women more in balance.
Cons: People with round faces, short necks or apple-shaped bodies should avoid turtlenecks as they will make those features more prominent. If your face is narrow or heart-shaped, avoid wearing cowl-necks which can elongate your face; also, cowl-necks can make fuller-bodied women appear larger.
Remember, these are just tips. The most important part of choosing your outfit for your senior session — for any session, really — is to dress according to your personal style. You’ll be more comfortable and your personality will be reflected in your photos. Enjoy your senior session!