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Dress Code

Experience with thousands of clients over the decades has taught us that for a treasured Legacy art piece, to be most successful, requires attention to clothing detail. Whether you choose the timeless look of our in studio Renaissance background, or you choose to be photographed at home, clothing selection is the first important step to a lasting portrait.

The most timeless, elegant look tends to be more formal. It transcends the vagaries of fashion and keeps the eye focused on the all important faces. Most studio portraits will not drop below the knees, so shoes are less an issue.

Here are guidelines which we know will work:


Gentlemen - Dark Jackets (tuxedo or suit), white shirt, tie, and dark pants.

Ladies - Dark (black, navy, burgundy, dark green, etc.) dress or gown. White lace around collar is okay. Little or no pattern is preferred. Classic Jewelry such as diamonds, pearls, etc. are encouraged. Long sleeves are recommended. Short sleeves draw too much attention to the arms and away from the face.

Young Girls - Dark or jewel toned solid dresses are preferred, but ivory or cream are acceptable for preschool ages.  Girls' dresses are often short or sleeveless.

Young Boys - Same as men, or a solid dark sweater. Younger boys look handsome in a white shirt with bow tie.


Please keep this in mind. The Legacy is a portrait meant to increase in personal value over the years. Fashion trends are just that - they will date your portrait, so keep your clothing classic. If you feel casual attire is a must, consider these basic rules:

  • The rule of keeping the clothing dark and solid still applies. The best look makes clothing recede into the background by blending with it. 
  • Wearing clothing with bold colors, or those that contrast sharply with the background, will always add weight to the subject.
  • Ask whether your selection will look acceptable 20 years in the future!