How to Prepare for Your Corporate Headshot for Men

April 8, 2022

Choosing what to wear for corporate headshots is an important step in crafting your professional brand.

After all, you only get one shot at a first impression.

What you wear conveys information about who you are, your role, your power and influence, and more.

And, professional headshots have an even bigger impact today.

Many of the people you meet and work with, will see your headshot online on your company website or LinkedIn before they even meet you.

In other words, they’ll form their first impression of you by looking at your corporate photo.

Because of this, you want to make sure that your headshots send the right message.

So, what should you wear?

Keep reading for the style tips on how to prepare for your corporate headshot.

What should men wear to corporate headshots?

Mr Porter Merino Wool Zip-Up Cardigan For Men's Corporate Headshots

Photo Credit: Mr. Porter

For business casual headshots, try a look like the one above. A quarter-zip or a bomber are also great options for a casual dress code.

To dress it up a bit more, you can even pair your jacket with a polo, like in this outfit.

Or, for a more casual environment or for a younger entrepreneur who still wants to look put together, check out this suit and t-shirt combo:

(The sneakers and maroon socks are a cool touch too.)

Paul Smith Gents Unstructured Wool and Cashmere-Blend Suit Jacket For Men's Corporate Headshots

Photo Credit: Mr. Porter

Here’s another great example of how to wear a tee with a suit:

Men's Professional Headshot Option Clinton Blazer in Precision Ponte

Photo Credit: Theory

On the other hand, in a formal office environment, like law and finance, you should dress more conservatively. For corporate headshots men, a well-fitting suit in navy is a great choice.

Men's Corporate Headshot Style Paul Smith Navy A Suit To Travel In Soho Slim Fit Wool Suit

Photo Credit: Mr. Porter

Another tip on how to prepare for your corporate headshot?

Try on your outfits beforehand.

In particular, check the fit of the clothing.

Anything that is too big, too small, or doesn’t fit right will be even more noticeable in a photo.

Plan ahead so that you have time to get your clothing tailored.


What color should you wear for a professional headshot?

Core Colors Triangle with three sections for colors of a closet

The Next Level Wardrobe Core Colors

When figuring out what to wear for corporate headshots, you’ve probably wondered what colors are best.

For men’s corporate headshots, I recommend our core colors: navy, black, gray, and white.

These are all colors that communicate trust, reliability, authority, power, and professionalism.

Plus, they’re not distracting which means people will be focused on you–not what you’re wearing.

These colors are also easy to mix and match. Whether your office is business casual or formal, you can wear these colors.

In fact, these core colors are a key part of our Executive Image Style System for Men.

What should you not wear for corporate headshots?

CEO Client Before and After implementing Men's CEO style strategy

Before and After implementing our men’s CEO style strategy

Making sure you don’t wear the wrong thing is just as important as choosing the right outfit for your headshots.

Here are a few things you should avoid when deciding what to wear for corporate headshots:
– Graphic Tees
– Logos
– Bright colors
– Distracting patterns
– Ill-fitting clothing

If you’re still stuck, check out what your boss is wearing. Use this for an idea of what is appropriate.

Finally, if you’re able to, consider bringing a few outfit changes.

This gives you a few backup options and gives you some versatility.

Multiple outfits are also helpful because clothing doesn’t always photograph the same way it looks in person.

My final suggestion for how to prepare for your corporate headshot is this:

Relax. Take a deep breath and enjoy the moment.

You should feel proud of your professional accomplishments and this is the perfect moment to embrace that. Also, please don’t cross your arms as a pose- just don’t. Put some music on, have fun and show your personality!

Need help preparing for headshots?

Ready to take your professional brand to the next level?

Apply for our men’s image consulting services.

About the Author - Cassandra Sethi
About the Author - Cassandra Sethi

Personal Stylist & Image Consultant

Cassandra Sethi is a Personal Stylist and Founder of Next Level Wardrobe, a luxury Personal Styling and Shopping Service that helps successful professionals of all ages and sizes. After working in the fashion industry for over 25 years, she used her expert knowledge to create a proprietary styling system called ‘The Next Level Wardrobe Style System' which guarantees clients more outfits with less items in their closet. NLW has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Tamron Hall Show, NY Mag, Huffington Post and more.

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