After going to a lot of local boutiques I realized that I wasn't going to find what I was looking for. I'm a simple girl and don't dress up often. On a normal day you'll find me in my favorite Madewell striped T-shirt and jeans. No fuss. Because of this I knew I wanted to dress up for this shoot... but still look like myself. I wanted something pretty but understated and in a color scheme that matched the aesthetic of my home because you'd better believe I was going to be printing these and hanging them on the wall! I searched the websites I recommend to my clients and finally came across this gorgeous blue floral dress on Vici. I was estatic when it came in the mail because it was everything I wanted. The colors were very "me" and the sleeves covered my arms while flowing out a bit making them appear skinnier! Talk about perfect. The wrap dress style shape covered my breasts in a flattering way and the waist line flowed out just a bit giving it the perfect amount of flow while not adding a ton of width to my figure. I was a very happy girl and I knew that this would make my photo shoot so much more comfortable for me.
Of course it helps to hire an amazing photographer that knows how to pose and capture you in a flattering way, but trust me, the outfit matters too.
So here is my advice to you when selecting the perfect engagement outfit.
1. Consider your personal style. Are you glamorous or do you perfect simple? What colors seem to show up the most in your every day life? Stay true to yourself and not what other people tell you that you should wear.
2. Be conscious of your body. Remember not all clothes were made to fit everyone equally. I wish this were the case but sadly it is not. As a 5 ft girl with a little extra weight on her I know that the super long flowing Anthropologie dresses I love are most likely going to be long baggy sacks on me. Accentuate your assets and hide the things you aren't a fan of! This will help tremendously in your search!
3. Don't be afraid to order online. Stores like ASOS, VICI, Free People, Anthro, Reformation, and Shop Ruche have a great online selection of dresses and sometimes a Tall or Petite section as well! Just be sure to check the return policies so you don't end up stuck with a closet of dresses that don't work.
4. BE COMFORTABLE. The last thing you want to feel at a photo session is uncomfortable. If your outfit is too tight or your not used to wearing heels you're not going to be able to play and be in the moment. This will show through in your photos and you'll end up feeling more awkward than anything. Find something that moves with you and that you can be free to run around comfortably in. The best engagement photos involve a lot of playfulness and you won't be able to do that if you can barely walk!
5. Consider your location. Since I knew my session was going to be taken in the mountains surrounded by a ton of green I knew I wanted to choose an organic pattern and colors to compliment it. The soft blues and whites in our shoot looked great with the rich greens and I was very happy with that! If you're doing a session with a lot of green space, avoid green outfits. If you're doing a session that is in a more urban space, dress appropriately for that. You want to look like you belong in your surroundings!
6. Compliment each other, don't try to be twins. You want your outfits to flow together, not look the same. Try hanging them up in your bedroom and really looking at them side by side to see if they are too matchy matchy or just the right amount.
7. Embrace Layers. Layers are the perfect way to add depth to an outfit while also leaving room to change it up. We love adding jackets, scarves, and hats to an outfit because they can be used as an added prop to play with!
8. Bring more than one option. Aim to select at least two different outfits that are casual and dressy. Even if you're not the type of person to dress up, trust me, you'll enjoy it! This is the one time to go all out on a long dress and suit. It'll make you feel fantastic we promise! Plus you'll have the casual outfit too so you have a little of both.
9. Be mindful of the season. If you LOVE wearing fall sweaters book your session in the fall. You don't want to be sweating up a storm trying to pull off that warm look in the heat of summer.
10. Relax and have fun. An engagement session is supposed to be a fun experience. Trust your photographer. Show up ready to go and just go with the flow. The best images of you will be the ones where you look happy and natural and that can only be achieved if you get out of your head and be present in the moment. Enjoy it!!
Photos by Katie Grant Photography | Invitations by Rachel Anne Co | Vow Book by Wedding Story Writer | Wooden ring by Beaty Woodworks | Dress from Vici | Suit handmade in Siagon |