One of the most popular questions that clients ask our photo studio is “should I wear black or white clothes?”
Let’s begin with black.
Most people wear black because it is professional and slims the subject. However, portrait photographers always slim their subjects’ waists, arms, and legs using programs like Photoshop. Never wear black with the intention of appearing slimmer in the photos since this detail is easily fixable in post-production.
Wear black clothes with a rich texture. When photographers enhance the photo, the texture will stand out. If you’re posing against a black background, then you’ll want to avoid wearing black as you’ll blend into it.
Now, let’s discuss white.
Wearing white clothes feels clean, precise, and simple. Body frames are more visible in white clothing. This color is a challenge to keep clean, too. The camera will catch stray hairs, wrinkles, and stains that appear on white clothes.
It is easy for white clothes to become overexposed and look too bright in the photo. Unlike black, white clothes reflect light, which could cause excessive hot spots or glaring. Portrait photographers need to tweak their lighting to find a good balance.
Also, avoid wearing white clothes if you’re posing against a white background. There is a real risk of blending into the background. White lacks visual interest, so implement rich textures and layers to add dimension.
Black and white can work as a color palette, but you should plan accordingly with the photographer. Sometimes black or white clothes can work very well against extraordinary backgrounds.
If you’re comfortable wearing black or white in a portrait session, and the wardrobe aligns with your personality—then go for it!