You’ve decided you want a good Linkedin profile photo. So now its important to think carefully about what attracts you.
The choice and the colors of your clothes say something about your personality. Make sure that your choices reinforce each other and that you do not give contradictory messages.
A brightly colored tie, for example red, can radiate authority and power: the color of decision makers. Trump used this during the primaries. The color red can also create an impression of self-righteousness.
A combination with black clothing is possible, but all black can give a hard and distant appearance. Just one even color can seem a bit dull.
Most people don’t make a new profile photo every season. Keep this in mind when choosing clothing.
A short sleeved T-shirt gives a summery leisurely feeling. A busy print is not the best choice. Its important that the attention goes to your face and eyes and not to the pattern of your shirt. A beautiful shirt with modest fresh tones gives a well-groomed impression and does not divert attention.
Knitted garments usually appear softer, but think about the volume and usability of the photos in all seasons.
It is of course important that you feel comfortable and express confidence. A scarf can be a nice accessory, but don’t hide yourself behind a scarf that is too big.
Clothing must of course be clean and not creased.
Pay close attention to dust, hair and fluff in dark clothing. Garments with pills, animal hair, fluff or dust do not look neat.
Try out your clothes at a networking drinks event and notice the subtle reactions of people towards you. Ask a friend for help if you have trouble combining colors.
The photo of you at your best
In short: invest in quality, make sure that you exude self-confidence and that with your choice of clothing you reflect your personal qualities and that of your work.