Engagement photos are the first thing friends and family anticipate seeing after you’ve announced your happy news (and shown everyone the ring, of course). Oftentimes, these images will also be what you use for save-the-date announcements and other events along the exciting road to saying, “I do.”
So how do you decide what to wear to document the happy moment that started it all? There’s a lot to consider, including the fact that you’ll have these photos forever—no pressure or anything! To help, we’ve rounded up 12 stunning engagement shoot outfit ideas, and the pieces to shop them, so you can knock your photos out of the park.
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This combination communicates "cool bride" like nothing else. Why? The toughness of the leather jacket prevents the pretty pink dress from veering into precious territory.
A sleek tuxedo jumpsuit is the ideal one-and-done outfit for a Parisian-inspired shoot. (Bonus points if the backdrop for your photos happens to be the actual Eiffel Tower!)
An airy silk dress in a neutral hue is at once laid-back and utterly romantic, whether you pose in a field of greens or a citified rooftop.
The high-contrast look of black and white always looks impossibly chic on camera, especially when the pieces involved are crisp, tailored, and borrowed from the boys. For a sophisticated downtown ensemble, try high-waisted black denim with a dolman-sleeved white silk top like The Glamourai's Kelly Framel, or go slightly more playful with a suspender dress over a sweet lace blouse a la Ring My Bell's Ashley Madekwe.
Lavender and lilac are more unexpected than pink but just as feminine. The pretty hues look stunning on film, especially via a matching two-piece set.
Colour-blocking has never looked more refined than with a rich, royal blue skirt and black lace bodice.
For effortless elegance, opt for a pink pleated maxi dress and minimal accessories. The sweeping folds of a brightly coloured dress will stand out in any locale.
Don't be afraid to wear all white in advance of the big day, since your engagement shoot outfit is another way of expressing your bridal style. We love the edge of a white leather jacket over a raw-hem linen dress, and the dramatic impact of a monochromatic crop top and high-waisted trousers.
Instead of wearing a single-print floral dress, which can seem dated, take a cue from Italian blogger Chiara Ferragni and pair a lace floral motif with a full midi skirt for a fresh, ladylike look. The mixed textures create depth and dimension for better photographs.
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For the unabashedly girly, a light pink bow-adorned dress with pearl earrings is about as classic as it gets.
There's something very femme fatale about pairing black and red, which, when broken up with a graphic top, looks modern instead of retro. This would be the perfect ensemble for an engagement shoot around the holidays.
To memorialise the moment when you were swept off your feet, wear a sweeping, high-low chiffon dress. If you can catch a subtle breeze in that gauzy fabric at just the right moment while you're being photographed? Forget about it. Best engagement photos ever.