Okay, full disclosure… I always start an article or fashion post with ideas and notes written down and then I google to see what the “norm” is. But honestly, the norm is boring and ordinary… and you should be anything but ordinary, even if you are behind the camera lens. I read that women should wear black pants and a white long sleeve dress shirt and men should wear pants and a jacket. COME ON – we aren’t cocktail waiters from 90’s.
So, here’s what I would wear if I was a photographer on a sunny spring afternoon:
I love love love black silk trousers. They are super comfortable and lightweight, the color is forgiving for any body type, they are fuss-free, and you can dress them up or dress them down. They usually fit a little high waisted, so you don’t have to worry about a muffin top or a butt crack showing when you bend down… We aren’t all supermodels here. I pretty much live in camisoles and pair them with absolutely everything. You can literally wear any color or pattern with the silk trouser. They fit beautifully and look very polished with a front or side tuck. A black cami with a lace applique looks wonderful or a leopard print to add a little texture. The list and possibilities are endless. Throw on a blazer (oversized for better movement) or a sweater with 3/4 sleeves and you’re good to go.
You don’t want to fuss with your hair or have it in your eyes, so I would opt for a low “messy” bun or “effortless” top knot. I say “messy” and “effortless”, but I pre-curl for texture and structure my buns to still look put together and a few fallen pieces with a loose curl. It’s super easy and looks really nice. I am not a huge jewelry girl or accessorizer, but a small statement earring goes a long way and it won’t get in the way.
Footwear… the million dollar question. I have a few pairs of black booties that are sooooo comfortable, it’s like wearing slippers. I love the style of an ankle boot with an exposed ankle bone. I also find slides and mules very comfortable and I can wear them all day. It is your feet and you spend all day on them shooting a wedding or event, so don’t cheap out. Buy a good quality leather pair! I have one pair that is so comfortable I can do a shopping marathon or explore the streets of a new city in them for hours and hours… and let me tell you, homegirl CAN SHOP!
Men, I didn’t forget about you!! I personally love the look of dress pants with a short sleeve collared shirt and bow tie OR a long sleeve dress shirt with sleeves rolled up. It’s cool and put together and easy. Avoid the wide leg pant, that is sooooooooo 80’s. A nice slim dress pant with a fancy sock and dress shoe looks oh so sharp. I am a bit of a sucker for a fancy dress sock… the bolder the better boys.
Guys are lucky, pretty much any dress shoe will work… and I don’t mean you can still rock your clunky rounded toe shoes from 2001. Go for a nice square or pointy toe shoe, leather of course. I am a sucker for a cognac combo – shoe and belt!!
Happy shooting friends!
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