Patterns can be great in photos! ….but they also have the ability to get too crazy and overpower both the shoot and you incredibly quickly. Not sure what to wear?! Keep reading to learn some of my tips and tricks on how to pick patterns to wear to your photoshoot.

Want more information on picking an outfit to wear to your photoshoot? Check out my Complete Outfit Planning Guide!

Tips for Patterns when Picking an Outfit to Wear

If wearing patterned clothing for your photo shoot, pick pieces that complement your skin tone, hair color, and overall style. You can also think about the setting and background of the photo shoot. Choose patterns that will create a striking contrast against a solid-colored wall or natural landscape. Remember that less more! Your outfit should compliment you – not the other way around.

Here are my favorite suggestions for couples when picking patterns to wear:

  • Light Floral Prints
  • Lace
  • Corduroy
  • Knits
  • Flannel (as long as it isn’t too bold, and the colors work well. See more on color here.)

Subtle, smaller patterns usually work well. A flannel or a light floral print are great picks. Textured clothing is another option that adds depth to photos! When in doubt, ask your photographer. They will be able to help you find patterns that photograph well

Here are the patterns I tell people to avoid when picking colors to wear:

  • Bold Prints
  • Stripes
  • Patterns with a lot of different colors

These patterns look very aggressive and will distract from the photo’s focus – you! The final photos will not look the best, and your face will get lost in the blur of patterns

Final Thoughts

I send out a personalized outfit guide to all of my clients, but at the end of the day wear what you feel comfortable in. It can be tough deciding what patterns will work for your photoshoot, but don’t stress! If you follow my tips, you are going to look phenomenal!

Still, have questions? Reach out! I’d love to help you style a superb outfit for your session.

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