Dressing for engagement photos can be quite a daunting task. The outfits are supposed to look naturally thrown together, and as we all know, the “effortless” look takes a lot of… well, effort.
Here are a few pointers to help guide you through the process. But remember, like anything else with engagements and weddings, pick and choose advice that works best for you.
Don’t wear something that doesn’t feel like “you.” These photos will represent you and your fiancé, and the last thing you want to do is look back and question who is in those pictures.
Comfort Is Key
If you’re wearing anything uncomfortable, it’ll show up in photos. Wear something easy and fitted so you won’t be tugging at your clothes all day. That goes for shoes, too! If you’re planning to don a pair of stilettos, make sure you bring a pair of flats for relief.
Obviously, you don’t want to look out of place. If you’re taking photos at the beach, think sundresses, linen pants/shirts, hats, etc. If you’re taking photos at a swanky location, opt for a cocktail dress and suit. If you’re going with a theme, get as creative as you like. Additionally, you and your fiancé should match stylewise (i.e. casual with casual).
Switch It Up
If you can’t decide between casual and formal, go for both. Outfit and locale changes are simple enough as long as you plan ahead. Talk options over with your photographer.
Choose colors that will pop against your setting. Also, it can be a bit tacky when the bride and groom match to a tee. Instead, pick about three complementary colors you can work your outfits around. For example, if the groom-to-be is wearing a blue shirt, the bride-to-be can wear a blue bracelet. And don’t be afraid to send photos of options to your photographer. They know best!
Don’t wear logos, fabrics or patterns that will distract from your faces. The engagement photos should showcase you and your fiancé, not your clothing. That being said, don’t avoid patterns altogether. If your groom-to-be has a favorite plaid shirt, incorporate it into your outfits. As long as the pattern isn’t overwhelming, the photos will turn out great.
Layers Are Your Friends
Layers are great because they hide areas you don’t want to flaunt. If you like your arms, wear a sleeveless top. If you don’t like your arms, wear a cardigan. Layers also add another element to the photos, and the right vest, jacket or belt can take your photos to the next level.
Speaking of belts, accessories are a great way to showcase your personalities. Statement necklaces for brides-to-be are very popular right now, as are skinny ties and bow ties for grooms-to-be. Wear accessories that speak to you and your surroundings.