What Not To Wear

I may be the only one in the world... but I don't like the TLC show "What Not To Wear." I hate the fact that they ridicule and demean the person getting a make over. Shockingly they become their best friend after they have the "right" clothes, shoes, and bag. My opinion - there are better ways to teach people about fashion than making it come across as completely materialistic.

This coming from someone who's probably a great candidate for that show. I'd pick jeans and a sweatshirt over high heels any day. The other thing that irks me about the show... I'd have to shop at Goodwill in order to afford to get everything altered as they insist.

On a similar note, I find it difficult to answer when people ask about what to wear to their photo session. I completely understand their concern. They want to get the best possible photos and just want a little direction.

And some photographers are willing to give it. I've seen some photographers devote an entire page on their website to "What Not to Wear." But I've found it's always their opinion. Some like solids, others like bold patterns. Some suggest neutrals, while the brighter the better fits some photographers. Some even go so far as to recommend stores or brands.

I'm not about to tell you what to wear, and I'm certainly not going to tell you where to shop.

The truth is, I don't think there are any rules about what to wear to a photo session. I'm all about wearing what you feel comfortable in. Doesn't matter if that's a favorite t-shirt and jeans or peep-toe pumps with a little black dress. The photos are a reflection of... YOU. And if YOU don't typically wear skinny jeans and a sequined top, then don't. But if you are a fashionista (or fashionister) than by all means - glam it up!

And just to show you what I mean... here are a couple examples of both ends of the spectrum.

Ariell's rockin a cute dress and Jared a shirt and tie.

Whereas the Mueggenbergs are comfy in jeans and a t-shirt.