Take it from Tim Gunn, not all materials are created equal. And when you’re talking about a close up photo, different fabrics will definitely photograph better than others. But no matter what you choose, the most important part of any material you bring is that it is ironed or steamed. Wrinkly material is the only wrong material ;)
In general, linen, blouse or a knit will make you look more polished and rich than a jersey fabric. The added texture in these materials will also increase the depth and colors that the camera will pick up-adding interest and greater storytelling ability.
So! The automatic exception is when you want to look less polished to achieve a specific character look, then a jersey material or flannel will serve you well! Like the grungy rocker, the techie geek, the laid back teen, the soccer mom etc. If you do go with a jersey material, just make sure to iron the hems and bring layering options to give you more textures. I also love when jersey materials are “heathered”—am I using that right? Basically that they’re not just a flat color, but have an interwoven alternate color-giving them a little something extra.
To add an edginess to your headshot look, add some leather or denim. Denim can also give a hometown, boy/girl next door feel, depending on the cut/wash of the jacket.
Here’s what I mean: