This post has been years in the making. Throughout that time I have noticed several tricks my couples have used when choosing their outfits. Clothing really does play a huge role in the overall look and style of a shoot, so by taking these tips into consideration you’ll be on the way to the perfect engagement photos.
In addition to the suggestions below, be sure to check out my ‘What to Wear’ Pinterest board for inspiration. I am constantly adding to this collection of images and its a great place to start. There are also great styling services like Stitch Fix, that will choose outfits for you based off your style and budget. This is super fun, and I have had several brides wear these items for the engagement sessions!
Pick Two Outfits
To get the most variation out of your shoot, I recommend picking two outfits: a casual look and then something a little more dressy. This doesn’t have to mean heals and a dress if that’s not your style. But by choosing two distinct looks you’ll essentially have 2 engagement sessions in 1, score!
When choosing colors, don’t be afraid of any particular shade or pattern. If it looks good on you and your skin tone, go for it! You do not need to match colors exactly between you and your fiancé, but as a general rule choosing complimentary colors looks best. Think beyond the blue jeans and white shirts, and more to date night outfits.
Follow the Pattern Rule
So you have a cute outfit, but your fiancé still needs something to wear. Choosing one outfit can be hard enough, but if you follow the pattern rule you’ll create a cohesive look between the two of you. The rule goes as follows: If your wearing a pattern, put him in mostly solids. If he is wearing a pattern, choose solids for yourself. Super simple, but this is a fool proof way to pair two outfits together.
Scarves, jackets, hats, you name it! Including these types of layers makes any combination feel a little more put together and adds that complete look.
Stay away from choosing items with large or distracting logos across them. This can kill the look of your shoot because the viewers eyes will go directly to the logo, instead of you (where the attention should be).
Keep Your Location in Mind
Don’t forget to keep the overall look of your location in mind. If your planning on apple picking, riding boots with rich jewel tones is the perfect choice. Try to also keep the practically of your choices in mind. High heals may not be the best idea for a sandy beach, or rustic hiking trails. This doesn’t mean you can’t wear your heals, but be sure to bring flip flops or something you can quickly change into between shots. The most important thing is to feel comfortable in the clothes (and shoes) you picked, otherwise that will show in the photos.
Adding a pop of color with a chunky necklace, layered bracelets, or blinged out earrings can really be the finishing touch your ensemble needs. This is mostly a tip for the ladies, but guys can add to their look with belts, playful socks, and sharp looking shoes. Get creative, and this is your an opportunity to really show off your personal style.
Don’t Forget Hair & Makeup
Although not technically clothing related, don’t forget about hair and makeup for your engagement shoot. You will look at theses photos for YEARS, so splurging on some pampering to look and feel your best is always a good idea. Check out DryBar for the perfect hair, and Blushington for makeup. Both are great local resources if you don’t already have a beauty stylist.
This may seem obvious, but make sure your final selections are pressed, hanging nicely and camera ready on the day of your shoot. Although I have many photo tricks, I cannot do anything to help stained or wrinkled clothing.
I will leave you with one last thought… rules are meant to be broken. So if you have an out of the box idea, or your not sure if something will work, email me over a few photos. I’m happy to help narrow down your selection, and give additional advice for your particular shoot!