What to Wear to Your Engagement Session | Tips for Choosing Outfits for Engagement Photos

You’re engaged! Yay! Now, you want some gorgeous engagement photos of you and your boo that showcase your love and of course, that fabulous engagement ring of yours! You’re excited, but also unsure of where to even begin with choosing what to wear for your engagement session. Am I right?! No worries, I’ve got you, boo.

Here’s What You Should Know:

If you’re planning an engagement session, you may find yourself wondering

  • “What the heck do I wear? Something casual and comfortable? A cocktail dress? Something sexy? All 3?!”

  • “How many outfits should I even do? How many could I even fit in during our session?”

  • “Where do I even start to look for outfits for my boo and I? Where are the best places to buy or rent from?”

The questions stop here because I’m here to help you by giving you all of my best tips and suggestions for planning and preparing for your engagement session, and what outfits look best. I will be posting another blog post soon with clothes linked by category, store/brand, and colors so you can shop for certain items by linking them so you can directly shop for the things you love most!

Engagement sessions are one of my favorite parts of our time together when you book with me for your wedding or elopement. It’s just as if you got all dressed up to go out on a romantic, adventurous, or simple date with your babe and it just so happens that you have your own personal photographer to capture all those sweet and lovey moments. The best part of our time together is that I’ll be there to guide you and tell you exactly what do with your awkward hands (no more “what do I do with my hands?! where do I put them?” thoughts)! Ayyyy.

Styling Tips:

I always suggest that one partner choose an outfit they feel confident and badass in, and then plan the color palette for you and your babe.

For Her:

Ever feel like you’ve been dying to wear that one dress but haven’t found the right time to wear it? Your engagement session is the perfect time! I believe there’s no such thing as being too dressed up or extra for your engagement session. I’m obsessed with long and flowy dresses because they look AMAZING on camera. Not only do they look incredible on you, but they also bring some extra movement to your photos. Though, shorter-length dresses are just as gorgeous. If you’re not ready to add a new piece to your collection, Rent the Runway is a great option to feel and look like Beyonce without spending a ton of money. Confidence is truly the key to having some bomb and gorgeous photos, and it is your best accessory. When you look good, you feel good – and that confidence RADIATES in your photos!

For Him

A well tailored suit is always a great choice. Many grooms like to wear a sports coat or blazer paired with a different pant color. Still a very good-looking and fresh take on a timeless classic look. Blazers, vests and jackets add a lot of visual appeal to your photos. Consider a v-neck sweat and long sleeve collared shirt for a more sophisticated look if that’s what you’re going for.

Quick tip: Ties, bowties, pocket squares, watched, colored socks, belts, tie clips and suspenders add a sharp detail to every look. Brown leather shoes can pair with almost any look.

Colors, Patterns, and Color Palettes

Couples tend to choose muted, neutral or pastel colors, and this is a great choice, but don’t be afraid to wear bold colors! Bright, bold colors give a liveliness and joy to your photos, whole lighter, airy, and neutral colors can lend a more romantic feel. Just don’t choose something too loud or patterns that clash, including between yourself and your partner.

Avoid big, loud, chunky, crazy patterns. The smaller or more subtle, the better. If the pattern is too loud, it will distract from your faces. Flannels are always a yes in my opinion. I would try to avoid pairing too many patterns together because it makes the photos feel a little hectic and distracting from your faces and the location.

If you have a fun patterned outfit you would like to use, limit it to one person. That way they will pop and still coordinate with everyone else. Multiple patterns can look busy, and this way they won't be competing with one another. Add dimension and interest by mixing up the texture of the clothing material and accents.

That doesn’t mean that you should match exactly. A very monotone color palette isn’t exciting. I suggest to couples to choose ensembles that complement each other, and “classic, timeless” pieces over “trendy” ones.

Add a little pop of color! If you’re planning on wearing a neutral or muted shade, consider wearing a color in your shoe or accessories. And don’t be afraid to accessorize!

For men, try color-blocking. For example: a lighter pant with a maroon jacket in the fall time.

FINAL THOUGHTS AND TIPS/SUGGESTIONS:

  • Find outfits that you love. This might mean going to multiple stores or it could already be in your closet. Either way, find an outfit that you just cannot get enough of to wear to the shoot.

  • Dress it up a bit! If you love to dress it up a bit then have one of your outfits be semi casual. Summer dresses with a pop of color and button up shirts for the guys are a perfect way to dress it up a little.

  • Bring on the hats! Girls bring those hats and lets have fun playing with which ones match your outfit best.

  • Be sure to iron your clothes before so there’s not huge wrinkles distracting from your faces either!

  • Make sure to be comfortable in your outfits. This will play a big part of how you feel during your session because you obviously don’t want to feel like the clothes you’re wearing are too tight or loose on you and you’re wondering how you look the entire time. Trust me, having comfortable clothes on will make you feel so much more energetic and confident.

  • Accessorize with necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Heels are always a great option because they make your legs look longer, toned, and fabulous. If you’re hella boujee and want to wear some Loub’s, own it, boo! If you’re pretty laid-back and prefer the chic and comfy heels you bought from TJ Maxx months ago, comfort is key, girl. Whatever makes you feel your best… wear it. You’ll look the best when you feel at ease. P.S. Bring sandals or comfy shoes to move from one spot to the next if you decide to wear heels!

  • Try to avoid large logos and text, neon colors, and be aware of any tan lines and how those will look in your chosen outfit. Arrange the outfits on an open area to get a better visualization of how they look next to each other, or try them on!

  • Keep your backdrop in mind when choosing your clothing. If we are near a field with grass in the background, aim to wear a color that doesn’t blend in the green/yellow grass. If we are surrounded by fall leaves, layering in great textures is a great option, and just about any color would look great. Most importantly, be sure to wear clothes you feel comfortable in. Your confidence will really shine through in your photos!

  • Most couples choose more than 1 outfit split between their choice of multiple locations or even just one. The first outfit is usually the casual outfit with a cute cocktail or sundress while the second outfit includes the dressier outfits just in time for that dreamy sunset glow.

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If you’re still feeling stuck on what to wear, check out some rental services, like Rent the Runway. They have amazing choices for you to choose from and help you look fabulous for your engagement photos!

Don’t skip out on an engagement session! It gives you and your partner a chance to get comfortable with your photographer and in front of the camera. Check out my Pinterest board for more Engagement Session Outfit Ideas and Engagement Photos Inspiration. If you have any questions or have something else you’d like me to write a blog post about, please contact me or leave a comment below. I want to create content for YOU and I can do that when you tell me what you’d like to see more of!


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