What to Wear for Engagement Photos

All, Engagement

August 4, 2022

Bridget Bellucci

After you’ve booked an engagement session comes the hard part – deciding what to wear for engagement photos! It can feel pretty overwhelming, because you want to look and feel your best, and you probably have a closet filled with options. This guide has some tips to help you decide, and some things to think about when picking an outfit!

An example of what to wear for engagement photos can be neutral sweaters like this couple chose.

Before You Start Deciding What to Wear for Engagement Photos

Before you start rummaging through your clothes, there are a few things to think about that can help you narrow down the options and figure out what you’re looking for! 

For a cozy in home session, comfortable sweaters and casual attire is a great thing to wear for engagement photos.

How Many Outfits Will You Need?

First, decide how many outfits you want for your engagement photos. Be sure to consult your photographer on this, to make sure there’s enough time for outfit changes and that you’ll be able to do this with the engagement session you booked!

Two outfits is usually ideal for most couples, as it gives you some variety in your photos, and you can choose one more casual outfit, and one that’s a little fancier. 

You can choose a second outfit to wear for engagement photos, like this couple!

Should You Go Shopping?

Getting a new outfit for your engagement photos can be a ton of fun, but remember that it’s super important to be comfortable! A new outfit can definitely give you a confidence boost, but for some people, an old favorite that you already know you love can feel even better. Before you decide to go shopping, think about what you prefer, and if you do get something new, I recommend wearing it a few times before your engagement session to make sure everything fits well, feels comfortable, and is broken in!

When deciding what to wear for engagement photos, choose outfits that you can move around in!

What’s the Vibe of Your Engagement Photos?

Another thing to consider is what kind of vibe you’re going for. This includes a few things – the weather and season, your engagement photo location, and just what you want the photos to look like! For example, cocktail attire would look amazing if your photoshoot is somewhere urban with views of the city, but high heels and dress shoes might look a bit out of place on a sandy beach. Your photos should reflect your personalities, so decide if you’re going for something more casual, or if you want to dress up – or maybe do one of each!

And of course, you definitely want to dress for the weather – a cute sweater would be great for fall photos, but you wouldn’t wear a sundress in the snow.

How to Decide What to Wear for Engagement Photos

Once you’ve brainstormed a little, here are some more specific things to do when you’re looking for the perfect outfit!

Start With One Outfit

Since there are two of you, part of the challenge when it comes to what to wear for engagement photos is coordinating and making sure you both like your outfits individually, but also that they look good together. For this, it can be easier to start with just one outfit, then look for the other partner’s outfit after.

If there’s one of you that cares more about what you wear, or who has more clothes and more options, it’s often easier to start with that – find an outfit that works, then find a complementing outfit for your partner!

Make Sure Your Outfit is Comfortable

While there are some tips for finding colors and patterns and styles that work well for engagement photos, the most important thing to remember is that your outfit should be comfortable. Taking engagement photos should be fun – and you’ll quickly lose interest if you have to be pulling on your clothes and adjusting constantly, or if something is pinching or poking. 

Another piece of the puzzle when it comes to comfort is simply making sure the outfit feels like you – don’t force yourself into something that you wouldn’t normally wear! These engagement photos should be photos of who you are, so if an old band tee and jeans is what makes you feel most like yourself, wear that! If you like dresses, I love the way a flowy dress looks in photos, and looser skirts tend to be more comfortable. 

Keep in mind that a fun engagement session isn’t just a series of poses – you’ll be moving around a lot, so make sure your outfit lets you do that!

What Colors to Wear for Engagement Photos

When you’re deciding what to wear for engagement photos, colors should be one of the first things you think about! Neutral, muted tones are always good – this can mean classic neutrals like white, black, gray, and beige, but other examples of neutrals include mustard yellow, navy blue, forest green, and maroon. It’s also great to add a fun, bright pop of color, but make sure that you don’t overdo it! Stick to mainly neutrals, but one of your pieces can be a little brighter.

What Patterns to Wear for Engagement Photos

Adding a pattern can be great too – for engagement photos, I recommend sticking to simple patterns, like flannel, polka dots, or florals. Avoid anything with logos or graphics, as this can be distracting. Stick to one pattern for the both of you – maybe two if they’re subtle and the colors complement each other – to avoid any clashing! It’s also best to avoid tight stripes, as they often get distorted on camera.

Make Sure Your Outfits Match

You don’t want you and your partner’s outfits to match too much – we’re not going for a cheesy 90s family photo here! But, you do want the outfits to complement each other and look good together. Try on your options together and check them out before you head out to your engagement session, and look for colors that are similar, but don’t choose pieces that are the exact same shade!

Consult Your Photographer About What to Wear for Engagement Photos

Throughout the process, definitely don’t be afraid to talk to your photographer about outfit choices! They’ll know what photographs well, what looks good together, and what colors will look best at the location you chose. You can also bring multiple options to your engagement session, and ask your photographer for help deciding!

If you’re ready to schedule an engagement session, contact me – and let’s get to capturing this exciting time!

When deciding what to wear for engagement photos, the most important thing is that you're comfortable.

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