Clothing selection for your portrait is extremely important for the overall look of your art piece. All wardrobe selections should be formal and timeless in black or jewel tones. Solid colors work best and the style should be clean and classic. We are creating an heirloom piece that will be passed down for many generations, so it is important that the clothing in the portrait will stand the test of time.
Gentlemen should choose a dark suit and tie or a tuxedo. Ladies are best in a dress, preferably knee length or longer, or a gown. We always want the eyes drawn to the face, so a shawl or stole with a sleeveless dress is also a tasteful option that will add interest and texture to the portrait. Classic pearls, diamond studs, and simple jewelry are always lovely accessories.
Older children and teens should be dressed in dark or jewel tones with suits or tuxedos for the boys and dresses for the girls. It is acceptable for children under the age of five to dress in lighter tones if preferred. Solid colors and a classic style are equally important. Bowties and neckties are encouraged, as well as simple jewelry for the girls. Sleeveless or short-sleeved dresses are acceptable, as well as vests or dress shirts only for younger boys if preferred. Shoes should be clean and complement the formality of the outfits. For young girls, clean nails without nail polish or just a simple clear coat is best.