What To Wear for Engagement Photos

When you get engaged, there are so many big steps that lie ahead and decisions to make, beginning with the way you spread your news to family, friends, and loved ones: your engagement photos! One of the biggest dilemmas that many people face when planning out their ideal engagement photo shoot is what to wear! Something that seems so simple a task becomes a very important one when it comes to spreading the word about your engagement. Here are some tips and pictures to help you figure out the right outfit to wear and to ease your worries.

Northwestern University Engagement Session

Make Sure You Feel Amazing
Sometimes, the outfit that you have worn a thousand times and know you fits you like a glove will work better than a brand new dress. It doesn’t mean a thing that you have worn the outfit before or maybe have some photos of you in it from other occasions; if it fits right, you love the outfit, and you feel great in it… your photos will reflect that!

Engagement Session at Art Institute South Gardens

Avoid Bold Patterns and Colors
These colors distract from you and your significant other and can be a bit loud and harsh. They also don’t register as well as more neutral colors. Try and wear shades of colors like blue, grey, cream, or brown instead.

Add Layers and Texture
I know that dressy shirt or blouse looks great by itself, but when it comes to your engagement photos, you want to make a statement. One way to do just that is by layering your outfits and adding some interest to your clothing. Try adding some excitement to your outfit by layering with cardigans, sweaters, ties, jackets, and undershirts. Layering is also a great way to pop certain colors without overdoing it!  Below, you can see Laura added layers by tucking in her shirt and layering it with a cardigan.


Stick to your Comfort Zone
Remember, these are your engagement photos, so make sure they capture your style. Take a moment to think of what your style is and then go just one step above that to elevate your style; but don’t overdo it. Wearing outfits that go outside of your comfort zone will end up seeming forced and we, obviously, want to achieve the opposite effect: we want the images to feel like you!

Coordinate Without Being too Match-y
There was a time and place to coordinate your colors and outfits exactly… high school prom. It’s okay to wear different shades of the same color and have hints of colors that coordinate. Try to be distinct and different in the types of clothing you wear, too.

Limit Your Photos to One or Two Outfits
Although you could probably use your whole closet in your photo shoot (and would probably like to), try and limit yourself to only one or two outfits. This keeps the focus on the couple and not on the outfit. If you choose to do two outfits, I recommend having one that is more casual and the other a bit more dressy. Katie and Brandon did the perfect job of wearing two outfits that complimented each other well!

Chicago Engagement Photographer

Stick to the Same Color Tones, Subtly
Another thing Katie and Brandon did perfectly! Expanding on my last tip, try and stick with the same color tones without matching too much. If your significant other is wearing a pastel color, it wouldn’t really be a good idea to go ahead and break out a warm color that contrasts too much. You can weave color into your outfit using jewelry, ties, layers, and other methods so that you can both fall into the same color tone without having to both wear the same color shirt.

Hair and Makeup Makes a Huge Difference
When people have their makeup and hair done before their engagement session, they usually have more confidence in their appearance and this confidence shows in the photos. If you are constantly worrying about your hair being out of place or not happy with your appearance, it is going to take away from the end result, so treat yourself and get your hair and makeup done! These ARE your engagement photos, aren’t they?!

Still need some outfit suggestions?  Here are a few of my favorite duo looks from around the web!


These two are both casual in J.Crew.2014-05-01_0007

He is wearing J.Crew and she is wearing Kate Spade.


These two ladies are both wearing looks from Anthropologie.


Mr. and Mr. are both rocking some Jack Spade






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