One of the most frequent questions couples ask us when getting ready for their engagement session is: what should we wear? And rightfully so, because outfits play such a large part in the visual aesthetic of your photos!
The MOST IMPORTANT thing is that you stay true to yourselves when picking out your outfits together. The clothes we wear speak a lot about us and who we are as people, as well as represent our personal style. We want your photos to be representative of your story together, which is why it’s important that the clothes you are REALLY who you are. If you’re a casual couple that want’s to come in dark-wash jeans and hoodies, do it! If your idea of a great date together is a local gala and you want to dress to the nines, that’s what you should do!
As for picking outfits that work with each other, think about balance — when it comes to coordinating an outfit, we can split it between tops and bottoms. It’s important to balance out your look, whether that’s with color, shape, patterns, or even size. A pillowy top would look great with some skinny jeans to taper the body shape. Vice-versa works as well, a fitted buttoned blouse can pair beautifully with a mid-length skirt that flares out when your fiance gives you a twirl!
Pick a “spotlight” item — Ok, so you have an idea of what to wear for your engagement session, now it’s time to pick your favorite piece! As difficult as that might be, it’s important to select something you want to draw more focus and attention to, something that the eyes will immediately snap to. It could be those killer heels you bought last weekend, or maybe that super cute top you found on sale. Did your fiance propose by serenading you? Maybe they want to bring that guitar along. Make sure the rest of the ensemble is a bit more muted so it doesn’t take away from the “spotlight.” Also, a note on patterns from before, try to avoid any overly complex patterns. The intricate lines might look great in person but can be a bit distracting in photographs.
Remember, you’re a team — As much as it is #couplegoals for your significant other to basically be just like you, your outfits will not receive the same praise. It’s important for your outfits to be coordinated, following a similar theme or color palette; however, they should not clash or look too identical. We still want to be able to distinctly tell each individual apart because we’re sure both of you will look absolutely stunning!
You can’t spell comfortable without “able” — And by that we mean you should be “able” to walk just fine in what you’re wearing. Ok, bad jokes aside, those killer heels we mentioned earlier? Despite how fierce you look wearing them, if you want to throw them off your feet after the first photo, they might not be the best choice (unless you’ve got some backups tucked away). Even the slightest bit of discomfort is shown in your expression and body language in photos. Be sure to try on your potential outfits and move around for a little bit. We’re not saying you have to run a marathon, but some poses might require your partner to pick you up or swing your arms, so making sure your wardrobe doesn’t impose on the session is very important!
At the end of the day, these photos should be a glimpse into who you are as a couple. Your outfits should show off your personality, and it’s best when you look damn good doing it!
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