Your engagement photo session is coming up and you don’t know what you wear! Don’t worry, literally everything you need to know to choose the best engagement outfit is all right here. We’re sharing all the dos of what makes an outfit AMAZING on camera. From flattering every body shape to how it will all look once edited, we’re sharing it all!
When you have your engagement session with us, you don’t want to be preoccupied with whether or not your outfit works. The focus is all about how you feel together.
That’s why we recommend dressing in a way that makes you feel like a million bucks to start! If you feel really good in your own skin, that feeling WILL translate *magically* in your photos. And then you can focus on being present to each other and the joy of the moment (which is our most favourite thing of all to capture).
You also don’t want your engagement outfit to look so trendy or distracting that your photos feel easily dated. Like our editing, you want your outfits to be timeless, too! Keep reading below for the best outfit ideas to feel and look amazing at your engagement session.
We all LOVE wearing our casual tees and Levis. And while we genuinely adore those cozy and comfy feels, bringing up your dressiness factor just a few notches will TRANSFORM the feel and quality of your images. It’s not possible to overdress for your session, so our rule of thumb is this: dress as fancy as you can in something you love! We tell our couples to at minimum, dress like you would if you were a guest attending a wedding and wearing a gorgeous outfit that makes you feel really good in your own skin. It’s not possible to overdress for the occasion—so you can have some fun with great formal outfits since it’s not every day you get your photos taken. When you feel a little extra fancy and like your best self, you’ll truly get those WOW pictures that you’ll want to frame.
To create the style you see from us, one really big factor is colour. Picking solid tones (without patterns) in neutral, earthy, muted, or pastel colours brings all the attention to your faces and emotions, and adds more light to your photos too (which we love!). By avoiding ultra-bright, bold colours and also choosing solid tones (no patterns), your photos will also naturally be more timeless.
You’ll want to pick a colour scheme for the two of you combined of 3-5 neutral colour tones that coordinate together (eg. For a more classic chic feel, you could go with sophisticated light neutrals like blush pink, creams, heather grey, some pops of navy and leather brown. For a boho vibe, you could choose leather brown, rust orange, sand tones, cream, and sage).
Here’s a visual of some examples of tones that work well (see below). If you are not used to wearing muted or pastel shades, start by picking your favourite colour IRL that looks great on you, and find a lighter shade of that colour; it will still compliment your personal colours well (your skin tone, eyes, and hair) without being too harsh in your photos.
Pinterest is a great resource for colour scheme ideas! But in the end, keeping the colours simple works best 🙂
The key to a great outfit for her is: Movement.
For a timeless clothing style, think romantic, light and elegant fabrics. We love adding in tons of movement during your photoshoot; it adds so much life and that authentic, candid feel to your engagement photos. That’s why for her, we recommend going with a beautiful maxi dress or maxi skirt that is able to catch the breeze. Light flowy fabrics add so much gorgeous movement and life to your photos. Fabrics to look for include lace, crepe, tulle, and lightly textured fabrics.
Depending on your location, another great option is a cocktail dress and gorgeous heels!
In general, when deciding on shoes, you can’t go wrong with a neutral colour; just keep the location in mind when deciding between heels, wedges or sandals.
For accessories, a great way to tie your outfit together is with simple jewelry, getting your nails done, an extra clean and sparkly engagement ring, and a wide-brimmed hat!
Overall, it is best to stay away from skin-tight outfits and opt for options that feel romantic, light, and elegant. If you prefer a more form-fitting, edgy look for a city-chic feel though, try to find ways to soften your outfit with choices that allow for extra movement (eg. mix in a cute pencil skirt or black leather jacket with a cream flowy blouse and a floppy wide-brimmed hat).
The key to a great outfit for him is: Layers and matching the dressiness-level of you.
Layers add-in an editorial vibe and he’ll be feeling extra handsome, too! For his outfit, think a button-down shirt, and bring along a sports jacket, too. Make sure his dress shirt is ironed/steamed to get out all those wrinkles. For pants, chinos or dress pants are perfect.
The number one secret weapon for him is definitely a sports coat. You’d be surprised how GQ he’ll look in a sports jacket with that shirt; it is naturally slimming, looks really good on camera and can bring a lot of variety to your images.
For shoes, a pair of brown dress shoes with a brown belt is great (unless he’s wearing black dress pants, then make sure to go with black dress shoes, although we typically suggest to stay away from black unless you like that edgier feel)!
We adore winter engagement sessions! The key to loving your experience during the chilly fall and winter season is to stay cozy! Wear lots of layers to stay cozy, warm, and comfortable during your session! It will make a world of a difference! If you are wearing a gown or skirt, stay extra warm with fleece-lined skin coloured leggings like these ones. Bring winter accessories that work with your outfits, too, just in case you need to add in extra warmth! Bonus: Why not include a thermos of your favourite hot drink to share? Also, bring a cozy neutral coloured throw. So worth it!
Bring along all the little things you love… Ideas on little gorgeous touches you can bring along include:
Professionally done makeup and hair is discernable in photography and can make a huge difference in the end result. Your engagement session is a great opportunity to get professional hair and makeup done since it really enhances your photos. It’s also a great opportunity to trial these services in preparation for your big day.
There are certain outfit choices that can detract from your photos and the overall quality on the end. We suggest to avoid the following:
For her, some of our favourite retailers include:
For him, we like shopping at:
When envisioning the options, it really helps to see examples! To help, take a peek at a little collection of great outfit inspiration on our Engagement Outfits Pinterest board!
We’ve given you a lot to think about! Most importantly, this is all about the two of you letting loose and having fun together and celebrating your upcoming vows. Since you are all dressed up, you might even want to plan a little date night after your session 😉
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