One of my most frequently asked questions from couples is, “What should we wear for our engagement session?”. The wedding is easy, you have those outfits picked out months in advance! But for engagement photos, knowing what will look best and flatter you the most can be tricky and stressful. My engagement session clothing guide will help you plan out your outfits so that you look amazing in your engagement photos AND you feel good in what you’re wearing!
1. Start with a good color palette
Primary colors and neutrals look great, and they’re easy to mix & match. Neutrals look great with a pop of accent color! Consider your photo location when selecting a color scheme, too. If you’re outside in a grassy, tree-filled area, you’ll blend right in if you wear green. Avoid busy patterns, and whatever you do, just please do not wear neon! Neon clothes will not only be distracting in your photos, but they will also reflect the color right back onto your face and body for a very unflattering color cast.
2. Wear clothes that fit well
Ill-fitting clothing flatters no one. Baggy clothes or clothing that’s too tight will only make you look bigger than you really are and will look sloppy. Clothes that fit well will flatter your figure, and you’ll feel and look like a million bucks! Feel free to bring a change of clothes if you want to switch things up a little bit between locations! I always recommend one outfit that is more formal (cocktail dress, suit) and something more casual.
3. Coordinate clothing instead of matching
Pick a few complementary colors that you can incorporate together for a cohesive look. Mixing colors and patterns will not only draw the eye, but will also add personality to your photos!
4. Stick to classic styles
Avoid super trendy clothing and keep your outfits classic. Clean silhouettes and patterns will make your photos timeless. You don’t want to look back at your photos and think, “Ugh, what was I thinking wearing that?!”
5. Add layers & accessories
Incorporating layers into your wardrobe will add interest and texture. Adding a statement piece in an accent color will really pull your look together. And don’t forget about your shoes, they’ll be in your photos, too!
6. Be yourselves
Your photos show your personality, so dress like you! If you wouldn’t be caught dead in a dress, don’t wear one for your photos! If you hate wearing a tie, then don’t wear a tie for your photos! If you can’t walk in heels, then wear flats. Stay true to you, and you’ll love your photos way more!
7. Comfort is key
What it really comes down to is this: Are you comfortable? If not, it WILL show in your photos. Not only is physical comfort important, but you also want to feel confident. If you feel good in what you’re wearing, you’ll have more fun AND look better!