What to Wear in your Dating Profile Pictures

What to Wear in your Dating Profile Pictures

When you book yourself in for a dating photoshoot, one of the biggest concerns is what to wear in your dating profile pictures. Everyone is unique and the easiest way to meet your match online is to show as much of your authentic self as you feel comfortable. For some people, it’s just a matter of going through their wardrobe, finding their ‘hot’ first date outfit, one of their favourite weekend outfits and perhaps their yoga gear.

But for others, the challenge of what clothes to bring on their shoot is a lot harder. Clothes haven’t played as big a role as normal in 2021.

I chatted to Sunna, the lovely founder of London Fashion Insider, a personal styling consultancy, for her tips on how to decide what to wear in your dating profile pictures.

Hey Sunna, tell us a bit about why you set up London Fashion Insider and what it is exactly you do. 

I’ve worked in the fashion industry for over 15 years, but when I started I jumped in completely at the deep end! I opened my own boutique ‘Yates Buchanan’, in Notting Hill. I had no experience in the industry, apart from wearing the clothes as a model and actress. My passion for style and helping people to look their best gave me the courage to go for it.

I was bullied at school for being square. I was a classic ugly duckling, all braces, frizzy hair and national health glasses. But then I discovered fashion and style. My confidence grew and I loved nothing more than finding gems in charity shops and the cheaper high street stores. I got asked to help friends and relatives too. I even styled my A level History of Art teacher and take full credit for the fact that he is married now 🙂

As I had no experience in fashion retail, I did things instinctively and differently. My boutique became a home from home for a range of customers from celebrities to busy mums to high flying career women.

I later worked as a fashion buyer and manager for Simon Burstein of ‘Browns’. After three years there, I had a long think about what aspect of fashion I enjoyed the most. For me, the reward of working face to face with a client, getting to know them and helping them to develop their own style was what I loved. Thus, London Fashion Insider was born.

I offer a range of packages for my clients. The most popular are wardrobe consultations, personal shopping sessions and online styling advice.

We only have one life and my clients want to make the most of themselves. My typical clients might be in a style rut or their body shape may have changed. Perhaps they have got a new job or are going through a break up. I work with both men and women and have styled clients from 11 – 89 years old! By choosing to do what I love, my job has never felt like work…

Our dating photoshoots aim to create a collection of photos that deliver a visually compelling, authentic ‘brand’ story for each of our clients. How would you recommend our clients plan their top 3 outfits?

Most people are drawn towards colours that suit them and I would say that is the most important thing. The right colour can light you up, make your skin glow, your teeth look white and your eyes pop. The wrong colour can completely drain you. It will accentuate the shadows under your eyes, bring out red, sallow or ashy tones in your skin and make your eyes look dull.

During model shoots a gold or silver reflector is often used to light up the skin and wearing the right colour can do the same.

Clothes give big clues as to your personality and this is your chance to visually say a little bit about who you are. Are you extrovert, introvert, fashion conscious, nerdy, outdoorsy, flamboyant, safe, creative, formal, casual? We read all these things subliminally from the clothes people wear. I would recommend that at least one of your pictures should show how you might dress on a first date and I would try and express a different aspect of your personality with each outfit.

Psychologists say that we make judgments about people within a tenth of a second, so this will give you a better chance at success.

As our clients are on the move during a shoot. In addition, most of our photos are from the waist up.  Do you have any recommendations for a capsule wardrobe they could bring to help with this?

Absolutely. I would  recommend bringing a couple of go-to tops that you know suit you. If you get the chance I would also recommend buying one new item. It’s always a boost to our confidence to wear something new.

Choose a neckline that suits you. For example, a polo neck can show off a defined jawline, a v neck can show off a curvy figure, an upturned collar can frame the face etc.

Also don’t forget accessories. These really show personality and style in your dating profile pictures. It could be a hat, scarf, tie, watch, laptop bag, a pair of glasses, a necklace or a favourite pair of earrings.

A couple of tops, shirts or dresses will suffice as your base garments. They can be layered with a blazer, leather jacket, scarf etc. You can dress them up with a pocket scarf, jewellery etc. for a smarter more glamorous look.

If you are someone who never wears a tie, likes your shirt unbuttoned and only wears t-shirts, don’t wear one now.

Are there any looks that should be avoided on camera? i.e. they’re too unflattering. 

Yes. there are a couple of things to avoid.

1/ wearing the wrong colour.

2/ wearing an item where the proportions are wrong for your features, i.e. a garment with too wide or too narrow shoulders, too high or low a neckline, a print that overwhelms you rather than showing you off,

3/ wearing something to try and be something you’re not. Never compete. Be your own unique yourself, but a slightly elevated version of you. Your best self.

On dating apps, you only have a short window of time to attract people, so you need to stop someone in their tracks.

Finally any tips for looks that come across as amazing on camera?

Yes definitely.  Make sure you have a twinkle in your eye and a natural smile. Engage with the photographer and your environment or a prop. Be open and inviting. Wear colours that light you up. Finally, choose something that makes you feel great when you wear it.

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I’ll be sharing some tips on how to create some good quality headshots for LinkedIn at home with just a smart phone and a friend. I’ll also cover the steps you need to follow to show up authentically in front of the camera. All my tips will be helpful for those of you who want to create dating profile photos at home too.

Head to Clementine’s feed to find out more. I’m in fantastic company as they have so many amazing speakers every week night, starting tonight.

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I shared my top dating photoshoot tips with Bustle recently.

Next week I’m going Live with a very special guest (more on Monday) to chat small, simple things you can do every week to feel better about yourself. I can’t think of anything more important to focus on right now.

This weekend, I’m going to put on a couple of my favourite deep house tunes (you know, the ones I used to go clubbing to) and dance my heart out. (Movement, check. Happiness, Check. Laughter, check). What small thing are you going to do that will make you feel better about yourself?

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💜SUCCESS STORY💜
Just before Christmas, this lovely client emailed Nicole and I to let us know the good news..

She’s met someone. He was intrigued by her profile pictures and wanted to find out more. We’ve been doing a happy dance ever since
👯👯‍♀️👯

Today’s shout out goes to Nicole for creating another super happy & loved up client!

Happy 5 month anniversary S, we’re so very happy to hear your news. Here’s to a wonderful year ahead together 💜

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❤️ Love letter of the week ❤️

Searching for ‘dating app photos’... never silly and always cool as long as Hey Saturday is alive & kicking 🙌🏽

I particularly love this email all the way from a Los Angeles client. Thank you, it means a lot.

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What’s your secret sauce? What’s different about you? We really want to know.

But why tho’?
To us, your dating photoshoot is more than just a photoshoot. It’s your opportunity to tell people who you are and what you’re made of.

It’s your chance to show people why they should date you over others.

And.... when done well, with intention...helps you to attract your ideal ‘audience’ more easily.

And that’s something we can totally get on board with🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽

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••• Why do you need to express your personal brand in your dating profile pictures? ••••

Hmm good question, Sask 🤔

Still reading? Yay. So yes expressing your personal brand in your photos is a way of shaping what people think about you when they see your profile online.

It’s a way of showing people why they should choose to connect with you over others.

A bit of thought and intention up front when creating your photos can lead to more ... and better ... connections with people who share your vibe. Sounds good, right.

In 2021, we’re shifting our focus to help our clients bring more focus to figuring out & sharing their personal brand in their pictures.

Coming for ya 2021 💪🏽

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How you present yourself to the world matters. How you present yourself on your dating profile matters even more.

I’ve just written this article for Thrive Global because, you know what? In 2021 we’re on a mission to support our clients to create visually compelling profile pictures with built-in personality and intrigue.

We are going all out to help them to pique people’s interest & increase engagement with their dating app profile. More importantly, it’s going to be fun. Our photoshoots are an adventure not a chore 🔥🔥

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Our photoshoots are more than just a photoshoot. They’re more than just a massive confidence boost. They’re a way to help you connect more easily with people you resonate with online. And that’s a pretty cool thing. This client was so happy with his Hey Saturday experience that I was properly moved by the emails he sent me afterwards. This is the end of the last one he sent 💛

Huge shout out to Rachel - Rachel, this client is one of yours 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 thank youuuu for creating another happy person in my life.

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Grab the popcorn & pull out the fuzzy blankets. I’m going Live tonight, chatting to @matcheduk about dating profile pictures 🙌🏽📸🍿

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Today’s love letter was written to Lauren who massively boosted this client’s confidence in her 60th year 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 Brava Lauren, this is such a fantastic feedback note.

We love working with our older clients & one of our oldest clients at age 76 is featured on our homepage. You should check it out, it’s one of my favourite Hey Saturday pics (& it was shot by the awesome Polly).

Whatever age you are, we’ll go out of our way to welcome you and help you relax into your shoot. A fun, confidence-boosting experience awaits.

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Can’t wait to chat to Sunna and ask her your style questions on what to wear in your dating profile pictures. (But never mind that - what am I gonna wear for this Instagram Live?!)

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+++ Looking good starts with feeling good +++

I shared this tip with Bustle. I’m getting into radical kindness now actually, which says before you can show up with kindness for anyone else, you need to show up - big time - for yourself. Then you show up for others and then you show up for the wider world.

But it’s easy to forget that first step - showing up for yourself.

“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” ~ Jack Kornfield

Look after yourself, feel good, look good.

And also be kind to others 💚

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I’ve received a lot of client ‘love letters’ this year but this particular client has written to me personally a few times now to tell me what his Hey Saturday photoshoot meant to him. I am always so touched to get good feedback but I think this client has given me the most feels ever. A huge shout out to Rachel for creating such an amazing experience for him. Our photographers are seriously the coolest. This is a snippet of what he sent to Rachel after his shoot. My heart ❤️❤️ Thank you Rachel ❤️❤️

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There’s still time to DM me your questions for Sarah Gilfillan of @sartorialab for today’s live. Sarah is one of my favourite people I’ve met through Hey Saturday so I’m looking forward to this. See you there? I’ll post it later for anyone who’s into it, as I know it’s hard to catch stuff live.

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