What to Wear for Senior Pictures

Real talk: Choosing an outfit for your senior pictures can be incredibly stressful. These pictures are sure to be shared on social media, displayed at graduation, handed out to family and friends, and will live for, like, everrrr in your parent’s wallets. Needless to say, you want to wear something that makes you look and feel your best. 

Though a good photographer can do an incredible job at accentuating your best features and editing your pictures (goodbye, stress pimples), they aren’t miracle workers. If you wear distracting prints or the wrong color, your photographer is going to pull his or her hair out trying to edit your photos later.

So, what should you wear for senior pictures? Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up a few classic style staples that are perfect for the occasion. (Bonus: You can wear these styles long after your shoot is over.)

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  • Classic Striped Polo Shirt
  • Ah, the classic men’s polo shirt. You really can’t go wrong with this trusted, wardrobe essential. With its ability to transition effortlessly from the beach to dinner with the fam, the polo shirt is amazingly versatile and designed for virtually all seasons and occasions.

    If a solid-color polo just isn’t doing it for you, consider opting for a classic striped polo shirt that adds just enough interest to your senior picture outfit without being too distracting. Pair it with fitted blue jeans and white leather sneakers for a casual yet refined look that you can wear practically anywhere.

    Tip: Having your senior pictures taken outside in the heat and humidity? Check out our Brrr performance polo that can help keep you cool and dry when sweat spots threaten to ruin your pictures. Don’t worry, you can thank us later.

  • White Denim Skirt
  • The ’90s fashion resurgence is still going strong, and one of its star players, in particular, deserves your attention. Yep, we’re talking about the white denim skirt.

    The white denim skirt is the trendier sibling of the blue denim skirt. From perfectly-placed pockets to fringed hemlines, this all-white number goes with practically anything and is ridiculously easy to style. 

    White denim looks amazing in professional photos because of its unique texture and neutral color that pops against blue and green backgrounds. To make this trend work for your senior pictures, consider pairing it with a subtle, plaid button-down shirt or a simple tank top and a statement necklace.

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  • Casual Khaki Pants
  • Casual khaki pants are another must-have staple in every guy’s closet and never fail to look stylish in senior pictures. For professional photoshoots, you really can’t go wrong with neutrals, and casual khakis are the ultimate neutral pant that strike the perfect balance between laid-back and formal.

    If we had to give you one key piece of advice here, it’s to find casual khaki pants that work as hard as you do. Lightweight and breathable khakis that are designed to move with you can make a world of difference in your comfort, whether you’re posing in front of a camera or cruising around the marina with friends.

    Once you’ve found the right khakis that fit like a dream, you should have no trouble pairing it with your favorite t-shirt or Oxford shirt. Speaking of which…

  • Oxford Shirt
  • A clothing essential for men and women alike, the classic Oxford shirt is firmly rooted in preppy style. This timeless collared shirt gives off a smart casual vibe that works for any setting and can easily be dressed up or down depending on the look you’re going for.

    Whether you’re rocking our popover-style Oxford women's shirt with blue skinny jeans or sporting a men’s Oxford shirt with a pair of khaki shorts, we recommend rolling up the sleeves for a more relaxed vibe. After all, you don’t want to take yourself that seriously in senior photos. Let down your hair, roll up your sleeves and just have fun with it! Your final pictures will be so much better for it.

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  • Colorful Dresses
  • Although neutrals are typically a safe bet for senior pictures, wearing colorful dresses in the right hues can really make your pictures stand out. If you’re taking photos in a field of golden wheat, for example, a blue seersucker dress will pop against the tan background and make you the focus of the picture. 

    However, the opposite is true as well. Be careful to avoid neon and fluorescent hues which can be super distracting and make editing a total nightmare for your photographer.

    Make a Splash with Your Senior Pictures

    Your senior picture outfits are an opportunity to show off your personality, hobbies and, of course, your awesome sense of style. 

    Whatever your passions, we believe that your clothing should keep up with all your activities, and that goes for your senior pictures as well. Our coastal-inspired clothing is made to last and designed to make you look and feel amazing, from senior picture day and beyond. So, go ahead and check out our newest fall looks. With a little help from us, you can look picture-perfect every day of the year.

     

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