An engagement photo definitely doesn't require you to shop for coordinating outfits. But clashing patterns and colors may be a bit much. Here are some of our basic guidelines for dressing the part:
- The wardrobe: Whether you're going formal or casual, solid colors are a must. Try to avoid pin-stripes, patterns and head-to-toe black or white clothing—and keep the silhouettes streamlined. Some couples coordinate their clothing palettes to the point of looking a bit matchy, but there's no need to. When it comes to picking colors, remember to pick colors that complement both of your skin tones to avoid discoloration in your photos. If you're worried about color, pick a neutral and a few coordinating color tones you both like and stick to those hues.
- The accessories: Keep your jewelry ultra-simple to avoid distractions in your pictures. For men, that means leave your watch and any rings at home. Women should stick to simple earrings with a similar necklace and/or bracelet (or just one statement piece), and your engagement ring.
- Remember to wear appropriate shoes. During your session, you might be doing a lot of walking. You also might be walking through some unpleased terrain. So if you really want your shots to have the perfect high heel peep-toe pumps, remember to bring your flats to walk in in-between shots.
Remember, you want to wear outfits that you identify with something you would wear on a date, but also be comfortable moving around it: whether it be high fashion, or super casual.
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