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12 Tips- What to Wear For Senior Pictures

Are you wondering what to wear for senior pictures? After all, these photos are a HUGE deal in your life. You want to look and feel your best so that your unique and amazing personality shines through. Figuring out what to wear for both Senior Girls and Senior Guys can be hard. There are SO MANY great outfit ideas! What will you pick? We totally want you to rock your senior photo session by wearing the perfect outfit. That’s why we’re going to give you 12 fantastic tips on what to wear. And, if you want to get more specific for Gal vs Guy we’ve got you covered there too. Ladies you can find out What to Wear for Senior Girls and Guys you can read up on What to Wear for Senior Guys.


Tip #1- Match Your Personality

When you’re picking what to wear for senior pictures the first thing to remember is how awesome and unique you are. Your outfit should match your own personality and style. You’ll also want to wear clothing that is comfortable to you.

Tip #2- Dress for the Season

Try to stick to colors that work with the season. If it is winter time stick to warm clothes so you will be comfortable during your session. The same goes for the hot summer days. Keep in mind if you’re going to be inside or outside too.

Tip #3- Don’t Go With What’s Trendy

Just because something is in style and trendy doesn’t mean it’s going to look great in pictures. You need outfits you can move around in and pose well in. The clothing item I’ve found that causes the most uncomfortable wardrobe malfuntions during sessions is the short romper.

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Tip #4- Bring Options

When talking to students about what to wear for senior pictures I always suggest bringing along several outfits. That way you have a choice on what to wear depending on what the location looks like. You don’t want to be stuck blending into the background.

Tip #5- Monochromatic Outfit

I often ask students to bring along at least one monochromatic outfit to a session because those photograph well. However, you want to pick shades of color that add some depth so you don’t look like a crayola crayon escaped the box.

Tip #6- Be Quirky

This tip on what to wear for senior pictures goes back to Tip #1. Be as quirky as you are in real life. This will make your photos memorable and touching. Your parents will really appreciate your personality being captured like this. Trust me.

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Tip #7- Be Yourself

Here we are right back to the basics while you’re figuring out what to wear for senior pictures. Be yourself means don’t push yourself to act outgoing if you’re not. The more you let yourself relax and be yourself the more fun you’ll have and the better your pictures will turn out.

Tip #8- Get Fancy

While I recommend wearing clothing that expresses who you are and matches your personality, you’ll also want to bring along at least one outfit that is a bit more ‘special’ for your portraits. Dress up a little and have fun with it.

Tip #9- Solid Colors

I love solid colors for photos. Prints don’t always stand the test of time or photograph well. There are some exceptions, but the safest bet is to ear outfits in solid colors. I learned this from making the mistake to wear unflattering stripes during my own photo session.

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Need Help Picking the Right Location?

Now you know what to wear for Senior Pictures! But not quite sure where to go for your senior pictures? We’ve been all over Erie County, Pa. We’d like to give you some fantastic ideas that will inspire you. You can check out our list on Where to Take Your Senior Pictures by clicking the button below. When you’re done reading up, reach out. We’re waiting to start planning your Senior Portraits.

Tip #10- Use Props

I definitely encourage you to think about props when you’re planning on what to wear for senior pictures. Bring items that help tell the story of who you are. Hobbies, sports, clubs, anything that tells the story of you. We want to capture your personality.

Tip #11- Add Depth and Flair

It’s not just about what to wear for senior pictures. Think props…outside of the normal realm. We did a great senior shoot last year during a car show. The sleek shiny, antique cars in the background were amazing.

Tip #12- Wear a Tank Top

Wearing a tank top under your outfits makes it super easy to change in between so you don’t lose any time that could be spent capturing your outstanding smile and personality. Pick a color that won’t bleed through your outfit, however.

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What NOT to Wear For Senior Pictures?

I know we’ve talked a lot about what you SHOULD wear for senior pictures. But I’d like to close with a few tips on what NOT to wear. Don’t buy a brand new outfit and wait until the day of your shoot to try it out. That’s where terrible wardrobe malfunctions happen and you leave feeling embarassed. Don’t wear too much white. It’s hard to photograph and the colors don’t show well. Also, don’t wear neon colors. Those don’t photograph well and don’t stay true to color in photos. In addition, if you don’t love it, don’t wear it. Let me repeat. If you don’t love it, don’t wear it. I promise you, the pictures will show what outfits you loved and which ones you could have left at home. 

When Should You Take Senior Photos?

You should take your senior pictures when you are ready. I know, that sounds super simple, right? If you love fall weather and fall clothes….do your session in the fall. If you love winter and being bundled up, go for it in winter! Spring is a great time weatherwise and outdoors as well. One thing you’ll need to consider is your own personal timeline for senior pictures. Are there due dates for senior slideshow submission? Do you have to get Graduation Announcements or invitations out? Consider those deadlines and work backwards with your photographer and their turnaround time on getting your photos back to you. Remember time to create, or for your photographer to design, your stationary items and have them printed as well. Starting as early as the spring of your Junior year isn’t a bad idea. Find out How to Prepare for Your Senior Pictures.

Senior Rep Program

Did you know we have a way for you to get your Senior Pictures..for FREE?!?! That’s right. We’ve created a unique program that lets you earn your Senior Pictures by just looking great and chatting with your friends. Every year in the spring we start interviewing High School Juniors for this exclusive position with our company. Oh yeah and bonus….you can put us on your college resume because you ‘technically’ work for us. Free photos and experience to jump start your college career. Wanna learn more? Just click the link below.

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