Engagement session outfits have long been a source of frustration for many couples.
And I get it! These are likely the photos you’ll use to announce your engagement (if you haven’t right away), the photos you’ll look back on years down the line as you reminisce about this time in your lives. You don’t want to wear an engagement session outfit that you’ll regret, right?
Lucky for you, figuring this out is pretty straightforward once you answer a few questions. (Quick disclaimer*: I’m no style icon. I wear black, grey, and white pretty much exclusively, and my clothing is very plain/basic. These are tips that I’ve learned after photographing a bunch of engagement sessions.) Ok ready? Here we go:
Think about what type of outfit would look good at your location. Beaches, forests, cities, mountains, and kitchens all bring a different feeling to mind. You don’t have to “match” your location, and you can certainly go against this: e.g. hiking gear in the city, ballgown in the kitchen. But it’s something to consider, whether you want to look like you belong in your surroundings or you don’t!
I want to say this goes without saying, but I’m only sort of concerned with the time of year and am forever over or underdressed temperature-wise.
So think about the weather. If you want to laugh in the face of the weather gods and wear a sleeveless dress in the winter, you do you, but just…bring a jacket, ok? Ditto long sleeves in the summer. I can only cart around so much water to keep you conscious.
This should really be number one, if I’m honest. But we’re in too deep.
Once you have a few ideas, think about the clothes that you’re actually comfortable in. Seriously. If you never wear dresses, are you going to be extremely uncomfortable and out of place if you wear one to your engagement session? If high collars make you wiggle around all day pulling on them, don’t wear one.
Your engagement photos should look like you and your partner. This version, not the one anyone else tells you to be.
Snowshoes? Hiking boots? Climbing harnesses? Jackets/hats/gloves? Factor those into your outfits!
Ok, this one isn’t a question, but it’s an important thing to think about! Most couples want their engagement session outfits to look good together, but they don’t really want to be wearing the exact same things.
Here are some tips for complementing outfits:
Another not-question, but this is a bonus tip. Try on your engagement session outfits ahead of time, twirl around in them, check yourself out in the mirror from a few different angles.
Trying on your outfits ahead of time will give you a wee boost of confidence and make you all the more comfortable. And again, the more comfortable you feel, the better your photos will look! Photography science.
I’m not here to make any “rules,” but here are some things that I’ve noticed have caused some trouble:
I hope these tips gave you some ideas about engagement session outfits! If you want to throw them all out the window and do whatever you want, that’s cool too. For some more outfit inspiration, check out my Pinterest or scroll back through the blog. And to schedule your own engagement session…? I’m right here.