Okkkkuuuurrrrrr, the question was asked…the champagne was popped. Now you are wondering, “What am I going to wear to my engagement session?”
Here is a guide to help you choose that perfect outfit for that perfect location. If you are still looking for that perfect location, check out Tips on picking your engagement location.
If you are stumped on what to wear, don’t trip; I am here to help you! You are not alone on this; a lot of couples have trouble figuring out what to wear. These are the photos that will be seen on your save the dates, wedding website, and by all your family and friends to the walls of your home; you want to make sure this outfit is you. I am going to help you to find that perfect outfit to wear to your engagement session.
1. Wear clothes that make you feel comfortable and like yourself
Now, if you are a t-shirt and jeans kind of couple, wear something in that nature. You don’t want to wear a suit and a dressy dress. These clothes will make you look uncomfortable because you aren’t used to wearing that.
2. Let me keep it real; you’re doing engagement photos, not going to Sadies
You want to compliment each other and not match to the t. It’s fine to have the same color scheme as your partner. Let’s not go overboard here now. You don’t want to have that awkward 80’s photo, you know, the one I’m talking about don’t play. You will want to have both of your outfits be complimentary and not too busy no patterns stick to solid colors.
3. Choose cool colors, pastels, or neutral tones
Now I know the ’80s are making a comeback in our fashion right now, but you might want to avoid anything neon. We don’t want you to come off as a Las Vegas neon sign; we want you to be the focus but in a good way. Though reds also photograph well, if it’s a dress or a shirt, it will be the first thing you’ll eye will be drawn to. Photographing so many couples and families, I have also found out that orange isn’t the best color to be photographed in.
4. Now tie everything together with a cohesive color scheme
Now that you have an idea of what colors you’ll be wearing for your engagement photos, it’s time to tie it all together. You’ll want to consider how these colors are going to look through the whole album. This means you’ll want to keep the synergy throughout your outfits/colors. You don’t want a bunch of images; instead, you want it o tell a story. For example, if you love the color blue, wear a romper, dress
5. Incorporate accessories to your outfits
Women think about a bracelet, chunky necklace, a cute stylish scarf that gives any engagement session a little oomph. Using these will make it easy to slip on and off and change your look. Men, if you wear layers of clothes, will give you more of a visual interest in your outfits.
6. Keep to the clients don’t follow the trends
That black and white pinstripe maxi dress might look great right now, but later it reminds you of Beetlejuice. I recommend outfits that remain timeless; it won’t make your pictures look dated in the following years.
7. Keep your outfit changes to just two
You don’t want to make the mistake of using most of your session time changing clothes. Having two outfits allows you to create variety in your session. These are the outfits that are going to show your relationship personality; I always recommend a casual and dressier outfit. The casual is great for those fun and goofy photos where the dresser can be used for your save the dates or your welcome photos displayed at your reception.
8. Flatter your body type
When selecting outfits for clients, I always pay attention to their body type. I always ask what of their body areas they would like to accentuate and if there’s anything they don’t love.
Pear-Shaped: You will want to show off your curves, and focus on snacking that waistline. You’ll want an A-line silhouette to make sure that it flares on the bottom.
Apple Shaped: This style you’ll want an A-line style with a slight flow starting from your waist going down to your legs. Now, this is great for a textured dress or a deep v-neck.
Busty women: (Girl, I am right there with you on this one) You will want to wear sweetheart necklines and scoops. Sweetheart necklines will offer extra support and open up the décolletage so that the main focus will be on your face.
Plus size: What looks great, especially for engagement sessions, is an empire-waist. Now, this is my go-to when we do family photos. This dress style will emphasize the smallest portion under the bust, creating a slender silhouette from top to bottom.
9. When deciding what to wear for your engagement session, keep in mind the season, you will be shooting in.
Fall/Winter: Wear layers; fleece is your friend, especially under your pants or jeans. Remember those leg warmers from back in the day? Those look super cute with some boots.
Summer/Spring: These are the months to go to the beach and dip your toes in the sand. If you love the beach for your engagement session, these are the months to do that. If you love spring, head to the botanical gardens and see the flowers in bloom, wear some floral print or some pastel hues to bring in the season.