One of the biggest questions I get as an engagement session approaches is…”What should I wear?”
Good question! I want to help you look and feel your absolute best during your engagement session!
Here are my tips and recommendations on choosing the best outfit(s) for your engagement session:
01. Choose two outfits for your session – Dressy & Casual
Most of my couples wear two outfits during their engagement session. One outfit that is a little more causal and comfortable and one that is dressier. This will allow you to get two totally different looks during your session, and add more variety in your images. I think it’s nice to have options. But be sure that you are totally comfortable in BOTH outfits!
02. Show up comfortable!
If you don’t feel good in your outfit you are not going to have a good time. Just make sure you feel comfortable and like the way you look in your outfit. You want to be able to move, laugh, and play with your significant other….not spend your time pulling on your dress and rearranging your clothes. I’m all about the comfort!
03. Pick out outfits that will flatter your body type and skin tone
You know that one outfit that everyone gives you compliments in? That’s the one you should wear for your session! There are certain things that you know make you look great, so go with it and embrace it. For example, I don’t like the way I look in strapless dresses. I get those weird fat areas that go over the dress by your armpits. Ladies, you know what I’m talking about?!?! I’m not a fan, and I don’t like pictures of myself in strapless dresses for that reason. So, guess what? I shouldn’t wear a strapless dress to my engagement session.
If you know you don’t like the way your body looks in certain outfits or colors, then don’t wear them to your engagement session. You don’t want to look at photos of yourself in an outfit you don’t love! You want to be confident and happy in all your photos.
04. Your styles should match
Make sure you both match in terms of style. For example, if the bride is wearing a formal evening dress, then the groom shouldn’t be wearing jeans and a t-shirt. One is way more formal than the other! That would look plain silly. Be sure you chat with each other and prepare your outfits together.
05. Your outfits should coordinate
Coordinate and plan your outfits together. This doesn’t mean you need to be wearing the exact same colors (actually please don’t!), but just make sure your outfit colors and patterns look good together. Glance at your outfits and make sure they fit together.
06. If one wears a pattern, the other should stay more neutral
If one of you wants to wear a bright vibrant pattern, that is totally OK! Go for it! Just make sure that your partner wears an outfit that has some neutrals in it. You both don’t want to be competing for attention with all these crazy patterns going on.
07. Have you thought about your Save the Dates?
You might want to use your engagement photos on your Save the Dates! Many couples do and I think it’s a great idea. If you have certain colors in mind for your wedding day and Save the Dates, you might want to make sure your outfits coordinate with that theme.
08. Be YOU!
Yes, I went there….with that cheesy line. But it’s true! Don’t overthink it too much. Just wear something
You can check out examples of engagement outfits I love on my Pinterest Board to get more ideas! I am a big fan of neutral colors (as you’ll see if you look at my Pinterest Board) and would always recommend those. You don’t have to be as plain as I am about my style, but I think you’ll get a good idea of what looks good on camera.
If you ever have any questions or aren’t sure about something, email your photographer and get their opinion! I’m sure they’d be more than happy to give you advice.
Do you have any other tips or suggestions about what to/what to not wear during an engagement session? If so, leave your tips below! The more tips the merrier!
Good luck picking out those outfits!