9 Tips On What To Wear To Engagement Photos

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engagement photo shoot by a lake in a white dress

There are a lot of things to consider when selecting what to wear for engagement photos, especially since the options are quite endless: lights or darks? Bold prints or classic solids? Casual, dressy, or themed? When you’re up against this type of challenge, just how do you pick outfits that you’ll love now and forever? By following these nine tried-and-true tips, of course!

#1: Pick Clothes That Reflect Your Personality

We know the tendency may be to go all out for your engagement photos, but we’re hear to tell you that’s usually a mistake. First of all, your engagement shoot is a reflection of your and your fiancé’s personalities and your relationship as a couple. So if you’re the type to spend a Saturday on the couch watching your favorite football team, then don’t dress up in cocktail attire just because you feel like you have to. When you embrace who you are as a person and as a couple, the photos come out so much better because you’re comfortable, you’re relaxed, and you’re letting your unique self shine.

engagement photo shoot couple kissing on an air field in an air force uniform

Photo Credit || JoPhoto

#2: Choose Clothes You Feel Comfortable In

This tip is twofold. Yes, we do mean that you should select clothing that is literally comfortable to wear, but we also mean that you should choose outfits that make you feel your best. Nothing creates awkwardness in front of the camera like feeling self-conscious, so be sure that whatever you end up wearing gives you confidence and makes you feel like a million bucks.

#3: Choose Clothes That Complement Each Other

In addition to choosing a top and bottom that go well together or shoes and a dress that work nicely, it’s also important to make sure you and your fiancé both pick out outfits that complement each other. For example, if you’re rocking your favorite LBD, then he probably shouldn’t drag out his ripped jeans and Bob’s Burgers t-shirt. Similarly, you probably also want to stay away form both wearing busy patterns. A key way to make sure you are both on the same page is to plan early and try out your favorite picks together before the engagement session arrives.

engagement photo shoot with woman in a white dress in man's arms looking at the camera

Photo Credit || Nyk + Cali

#4: Don’t Try To Be Matchy-Matchy

That being said, another big mistake that we see couples make is overmatching. Just because you’re wearing a blue dress doesn’t mean he needs to wear a blue shirt. When there’s too much of one hue in a shot, everything sort of blends together and nothing stands out. You don’t want that—you want your photos to pop and have a liveliness to them if you plan on loving them for a long, long time. Your best bet is to choose colors that complement each other, like blue and yellow or pink and white, but that don’t look overly staged.

engagement shoot white dress brown sweater in a large field

Photo Credit || Nyk + Cali

#5: Don’t Be Afraid To Wear Bright Colors Or Prints

While this isn’t for everyone, if you’re feeling it, go ahead and embrace bold prints and bright colors (in moderation, of course). You’ll be amazed how easily you become the focus of the photo, rather than just an addition to the landscape, when you’re wearing an eye-catching hue or pattern. But again, both partners shouldn’t go for bold patterns. Instead, only one of you should, and the other should choose a top that pulls out a color from said pattern.

engagement photo shoot red dress black suit, man jumping in the air and woman holding her arms out

Photo Credit || Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay

#6: Embrace Layers

One quick and easy way to give yourself multiple looks without having to change clothes is to incorporate layering into your ensemble. And did we also mention that whatever layers you take off, like a sweater or a hat, can also double as a fun prop for later on in the e-shoot?

#7: Keep The Season In Mind

We know it seems obvious that you shouldn’t wear a sundress in the middle of winter or don a peacoat when it’s 90 degrees outside, but we wouldn’t mention it if we hadn’t seen it happen. So check the forecast, prepare, and work with the weather that you’ve got. If you end up really having your heart set on a particular season, then schedule your engagement photos for that time rather than trying to fake it. Trust us, you can always tell when the environment and the wardrobe don’t mesh.

#8: Consider The Landscape

If your engagement photos are being shot in the woods, you’ll look out of place in a little black dress and stilettos. Similarly, if you’re doing an urban engagement shoot, put together a sophisticated look rather than something too outdoorsy. For beach sessions, a bright hue will stand out against the muted tones of sand and water, whereas neutrals will be drowned out (pardon the pun). If there’s a lot going in the background, a busy pattern will make you look like part of the hodgepodge landscape, rather than the star… you get the idea.

engagement photo shoot with man wearing sunglasses and carrying a woman in a white dress in a field

Photo Credit || Mozingo Photography

#9: If All Else Fails, Select Multiple Outfits

When it comes down to it, if you find it impossible to decide on just one style or theme for your engagement photos, you can always bring multiple outfits along that are varying levels of dressy. We love the idea of starting off casual with a few laid-back looks, then amping it up with more high-fashion styles, then closing with a few themed photos that really speaks to your personality as a couple. Remember, this is your moment to represent yourselves as a couple, so feel free to try different things. All that matters is that you are happy and feel good in your own skin.

If you keep these tips in mind, we have absolutely no doubt that you’ll be more than happy with your engagement photos in the end (and the outfits you chose to rock).

Featured Photo Credit || Nyk + Cali

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