Wondering what you should wear to your engagement session? We’ve got you covered with 10 of our top tips and insider recommendations.
E-session date – check! Locations locked in – check! Outfits? Deciding what you should wear to your engagement session is far from easy. So we’ve put together some of our top tips and recommendations to help you out.
So your e-session date is locked in and you’ve selected your locations. But what are you going to wear? Deciding what you should wear to your engagement session is one of the hardest decisions to make, particularly when you consider that you have to coordinate with another person.
To help you out, we’ve put together 10 things you should keep in mind when deciding what to wear to your e-session, so you’ll look back on your photos fondly (rather than in horror) for many years to come.
1. Wear something that reflects you.
You could spend ages analyzing what you should wear to your engagement session. But at the end of the day, the most important thing is that whatever you wear reflects who you are. Rather than feeling like you have to adhere to current trends or go super glam when that’s just not your style, select something that you feel completely comfortable in. There’s nothing worse than feeling really awkward in the clothes you’re wearing, which will instantly be conveyed in your images.
2. Being comfortable is key.
Some of the best e-session portraits are when couples are lazing in the grass together or doing something active that they love, both of which require comfortable clothes that will cover you in all the places you want and enable you to move freely. Rather than strapless dresses or ultra-short skirts that will require constant adjusting, select clothing that wears well and takes care of itself. Remember, your e-session should be about letting the love between you and your future spouse shine through, which won’t happen if you’re preoccupied with cumbersome clothing.
3. Coordinate with your partner (without matching).
Unless you’re purposely going for a “twin” look with the jerseys of your favorite sports teams, you’ll probably want to avoid wearing matching colors or patterned prints that could clash. Instead, try to coordinate with your partner by selecting complementary colors and go for subtle prints over bold designs that can be an unwanted distraction. If one of you goes with a print, the other should stick with block colors in pastel, cool or neutral tones to balance things out.
4. Go for classic rather than on-trend looks.
While it’s tempting to wear that playsuit you bought just this season, keep in mind how they look may date in just a couple of years. You want to look back on your e-session photos while reminiscing about the love you felt for your partner on that day, not to be horrified by your fashion sense. Opt for classic outfits that will remain timeless while having a feeling of effortlessness.
5. Keep it to two outfits max.
Even if you’re planning an engagement session at five different locations, it’s best to keep your outfit change to a minimum. Not only will it save time and reduce your stress levels on the day but you’ll avoid having your e-session end up looking like a fashion shoot. Two outfits give you plenty of opportunities to opt for both a casual and a more formal look, depicting your style as individuals (and a couple) at rest and play.
6. Reflect the seasons.
Once you’ve decided when you’re having your engagement session, you can narrow down your outfit choices to reflect the season. Summer and spring are ideal for long, flowing dresses and pastel hues while winter and fall mean you can rug up with cozy sweaters, beanies, and stylish coats. Dressing to match the seasons will also add to your own comfort level, ensuring you’re not left freezing on the beach in a cocktail dress in the middle of December.
7. Let your partner have a say!
It’s often brides who take control when deciding what you should wear to your engagement session. But it’s important that your partner gets to express themselves too. While you want to wear outfits that complement one another, that doesn’t mean you can’t make two different styles of work. If they’re a little bit country and you’re a little bit rock ’n roll, work together to find a combination that allows you both to shine.
8. Don’t be afraid to accessorize.
Accessories should be incorporated just as you normally would – whether it’s a chunky scarf or a pendant necklace that you’d wear on a day-to-day basis. But don’t overdo it, as too many accessories can quickly detract from the focus of the photos – you! Layering is another way you can add interest to your outfits, such as a stylish blazer for women or a suit jacket for guys.
9. Flatter your body type.
Everyone’s body is different, with a variety of shapes and features that you either want to accentuate or disguise. So whether you want to show off your curves or cover up your cleavage, select styles, and cuts that will work for your individual preferences.
10. Seek inspiration from yourself.
If you’re still struggling to decide what should you wear to your engagement session, take time to look back on old photographs of yourself. Select the ones you love and take note of the outfits that you think you look really great in. You don’t have to replicate the exact same outfit but it will give you a better idea of how particular colors and styles translate into photographs.
May 22, 2020