What to Wear for Engagement Photos: The best timeless & romantic outfit ideas

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Your engagement photos 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 do’s of what makes an outfit AMAZING. From flattering every body shape to how it will all look once edited, we’re sharing it all!

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Finding Engagement Outfits that make you feel good

When you have your engagement session with us, you don’t want to be pre-occupied 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! 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.

You also don’t want your engagement outfit to look so trendy or distracting that your photos feel super dated. Like our editing, you want your outfits to be timeless, too! Keep reading below for the best outfit ideas to feel and look great!

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How dressy? Outfit rule of thumb

We all love our casual couples’ selfies and wearing our t’s and Levis. But, it’s likely not every day that you get your photos taken with a fancy camera! While we genuinely adore those cozy and comfy feels, trust us, bringing up your dressiness factor a few notches will TRANSFORM the feel and quality of your images. We tell our couples to, at minimum, dress like you would if you were a guest attending a wedding. We also tell our couples that it’s not possible to overdress for the occasion—so we encourage you to have some fun with great formal outfits! When you look like a million bucks and feel like your best self, you’ll truly get WOW pictures that feel editorial, too!

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The Best Outfit Colours to wear for engagement photos

When choosing colours for your outfits, we recommend selecting lighter tones and more muted shades. By avoiding ultra-bright, bold colours and also choosing solid colours, it will help bring all the attention to your faces and let the eye focus on the way you feel about each other. The camera loves shades of soft pink and muted blues, mixed with sophisticated light neutrals like heather gray, creams, leather brown and white. If you are not used to wearing muted or pastel shades at all, start by picking a favourite colour that looks great on you, and find a lighter shade of that colour; it will still highlight your features beautifully and won’t be too brash or harsh in your photos.

Engagement Outfit Ideas for her

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, a light, flowy maxi dress, gown, or maxi skirt that is able to catch the breeze always looks incredible. Another great option is a cocktail dress with cute heels! Fabrics to look for include lace, crepe, tulle, and lightly textured fabrics. Coordinating simple jewelry pulls it all together.

For outfit colours, muted always look great on camera (think neutrals or soft pastel tones). As for your shoes, you can’t go wrong with a neutral colour, just keep the location in mind when deciding between heels, wedges or sandals! Overall, it is best to stay away from skin-tight outfits and opt for options that feel romantic, light, and elegant.

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Outfit Ideas for Him

The key to a great outfit for him is that it matches the dressiness of her outfit. A button-down ironed shirt looks amazing on camera. But the number one secret weapon for a really handsome outfit is something you may not have thought about before: a blazer. You’d be surprised how amazing he’ll look in a sports jacket with that shirt; it is slimming and a whole other level of GQ on camera. For pants, we suggest some chinos or dress pants. For shoes, a pair of brown dress shoes are great (unless he’s wearing black dress pants, then make sure to go with black dress shoes)!

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Engagement Photos during the Colder Months

couple kissing under a tree at their winter engagement session
Pictured: Lulus Awaken My Love Maxi dress from Christina & Ethan’s engagement session
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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!

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3 Little Additions that make an incredible difference

  • A bouquet: Bouquets at engagement sessions make a big difference because they complement your colour story for your session. Florals add so much life and beauty to your photos. It also adds an instant editorial vibe.
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Western University Engagement Session Flowers from Harris Flower Farm
Dress from STMNT
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  • Get your nails done and shine up your ring: We’ll likely get some closeups of that bling, so doing your nails will make it look even more amazing!
  • Bring something to the shoot that you love: A bottle of bubbly for a celebratory pop and toast, a vintage bike, etc…. or your fur baby(!) (Read how to include your fur babe on your wedding day or engagement session!). Incorporate the touches that feel like you! Bonus: Adding in those special touches elevates your shoot and makes it feel like you could be in a magazine! When you include these unique additions, we can capture so many more beautiful details and moments that are personalized touchpoints for your engagement session experience.
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Pictured: Krista & Jeff’s engagement session
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Trial your hair & makeup

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 and to trial these services in preparation for your big day!

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What not to wear for your engagement photos

This list is a highlight of all the little things that can derail a good outfit or even the quality of your photos:

  • Avoid shorts: they give a “cut-off” appearance instead of giving a flattering “leg-lengthening” appearance
  • Ditch anything too matchy-matchy: if you are both wearing the same colours vs complementary colours or variations of colours, it can be harder to visually differentiate the two of you in photos
  • Skip noticeable logos, graphics, and busy patterns or bold prints: this stuff is great for fashion photography, but not so much for portrait photography
  • Switch out jeans, sneakers, t-shirts, and tank-tops too: these pieces are comfy to wear, but super casual outfits do not photograph as well for a classic and timeless vibe
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Where to Shop for outfits

For her, our favourite retailers include:

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For him, we like shopping at:

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More Inspiration Photos of Engagement Outfits

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!

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At the end of the day…

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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