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Dress to Impress: A Guide to Styling for Your Engagement Session

Updated: Feb 8

As you prepare for your engagement session, one thing to consider is your wardrobe. Your choice of attire not only reflects your personal style but also plays a role in creating timeless and stunning photos. In this guide, we'll walk you through tips on how to dress for success and suggest some fantastic places to shop for the perfect engagement session outfit.

Important Tips for Both Women and Men :

Be Mindful of Colors. When In Doubt Neutral Always Looks Great: If you feel stuck neutral colors always work. Make sure to harmonize, not match. Instead of perfectly matching, aim for coordinated colors and styles. Complementary colors often work well. Consider a color palette that complements each other and the chosen location.

Avoid Busy Patterns: Steer clear of busy patterns that can distract from your faces. Solid colors, subtle prints, or textures work well for a timeless look. Opt for colors that flatter your skin tone and complement each other. Neutral tones, pastels, and soft hues often photograph well.

Express Your Personality:

Let your outfit reflect your individual style and personality. Whether you prefer classic elegance, bohemian chic, or an edgy rockstar look, stay true to yourself.

Comfort is Key:

Above all, prioritize comfort. Select outfits that allow you to move freely and feel comfortable throughout the engagement session.

Style Tips for Women:

Choose Flattering Silhouettes:

  • Opt for clothing that accentuates your figure and makes you feel confident. Consider A-line dresses, wrap dresses, or fitted tops with flowy skirts.

Play with Textures and Layers:

  • Add visual interest to your outfit by incorporating textures and layers. Try lace, chiffon, or knit fabrics, and layer with cardigans, jackets, or scarves.

Accessorize Thoughtfully:

  • Enhance your outfit with carefully selected accessories. Statement jewelry, belts, hats, or scarves can add personality and style to your look.

Wear Comfortable Shoes:

  • Choose footwear that is both stylish and comfortable. Depending on the location and terrain, opt for flats, sandals, or boots that you can move comfortably in.

Hair and Makeup Tips

You may want to consider hiring a hair and makeup artist for your session. Or you may opt to do it yourself. Do not overthink it. This is a fun experience and I want to capture you in an authentic way! Here are just some helpful tips and things you may want to consider.


  1. Hairstyle That Compliments Your Look: Consider styles that complement your outfit, facial features, and overall aesthetic. You might want to choose a hairstyle that complements the neckline of your outfit. For example, an updo or sleek ponytail can showcase a high neckline, while loose waves or curls can frame a sweetheart or off-the-shoulder neckline.

  2. Keep it Natural: Opt for hairstyles that enhance your natural beauty rather than overly styled or elaborate looks. Soft waves, loose curls, and effortless updos can create a romantic and timeless appearance.

  3. Think About the Location: Consider the location and setting of your engagement session when choosing your hairstyle. For outdoor sessions, hairstyles that are resistant to wind and humidity may be preferable.


  1. Enhance Your Features: Focus on enhancing your natural features with makeup rather than masking them. Choose products and techniques that highlight your best attributes and make you feel confident.

  2. Keep it Soft and Subtle: Opt for soft, natural-looking makeup that enhances your complexion without appearing too heavy or dramatic. Soft neutrals, earthy tones, and subtle shimmers can create a romantic and flattering look.

  3. Choose Long-Wearing Formulas: You may want to select makeup products that are long-wearing and resistant to smudging or fading. This is especially helpful for outdoor engagement sessions or sessions that may involve physical activity.

  4. Blend, Blend, Blend: Blend your makeup seamlessly for a flawless finish. Use brushes, sponges, or your fingertips to ensure smooth and even application of foundation, concealer, eyeshadow, and other products.

Style Tips for Men:

Opt for Tailored Pieces:

  • Choose well-fitted clothing that enhances your physique. Tailored shirts, fitted trousers, and structured blazers create a polished and sophisticated look.

Mix and Match Textures:

  • Add depth to your outfit by mixing textures and fabrics. Pair a crisp cotton shirt with denim jeans, or layer a knit sweater over a collared shirt for a stylish ensemble.

Accessorize with Purpose:

  • Elevate your look with carefully selected accessories. Consider adding a watch, leather belt, or stylish sunglasses to add personality and flair to your outfit.

Choose Appropriate Footwear:

  • Select footwear that complements your outfit and the engagement session location. Dress shoes, loafers, or clean sneakers are versatile options depending on the setting.

Layer for Versatility:

  • Layering adds visual interest to your outfit and allows for flexibility in styling. Experiment with combinations of shirts, sweaters, jackets, and vests for added depth.

Coordinate with Your Partner:

  • Coordinate your outfit with your partner's attire to ensure a cohesive look. Aim for complementary colors, patterns, or styles that create a harmonious appearance together.

Dressing for the Location:

  • Formal Elegance: If your engagement session is set against a more formal backdrop, consider semi-formal or formal attire. This might include dresses, suits, or even cocktail attire.

  • Casual Charm: For outdoor or casual settings, opt for relaxed yet stylish outfits. Flowy dresses, well-fitted jeans, and comfortable, coordinating ensembles can enhance a laid-back vibe.

Seasonal Wardrobe Choices:

  • Light and Airy for Spring/Summer: Choose breathable fabrics and lighter colors to complement the brightness of the season. Dresses, linen shirts, and khakis work well.

  • Warm Layers for Fall: Embrace the cozy feel of fall with layered outfits. Sweaters, scarves, and earthy tones can add warmth to your photos.

  • Winter Chic: For winter engagements, consider stylish coats, scarves, and accessories. Rich textures and darker colors can create a sophisticated look.

Places to Shop for Engagement Session Attire:

  • Local Boutiques: Support local businesses by exploring nearby boutiques. They often carry unique and stylish pieces that can add a personalized touch to your look.

  • Rent the Runway: If you're looking for a statement piece or designer outfits, consider renting from platforms like Rent the Runway. This is a great option for a one-time wear.

  • Stitch Fix: This is a service that helps coordinate outfits for you based on your style preferences and "vibes."

  • Thrift Stores and Vintage Shops: Discover hidden gems at thrift stores and vintage shops. You might find unique pieces that add character and authenticity to your engagement session look.

  • Online Retailers

Amazon Fashion:

  • Amazon's fashion department provides a diverse selection of clothing options, allowing you to explore different styles for your engagement session. They offer current trendy styles and make shopping very convenient.


  • Target provides a diverse selection of clothing suitable for different occasions, including engagement sessions. You can find versatile pieces at affordable prices.

Old Navy:

  • Old Navy offers comfortable and stylish clothing options, making it a great place to explore for engagement session attire.


  • H&M is known for its fashionable and versatile clothing, offering a variety of styles suitable for engagement sessions.

Remember, I am capturing your story. These are just suggestions. Feel free to wear your favorite clothes! These tips might just help to style them in a complimentary way. Enjoy the process of selecting your engagement session attire, and get ready to create beautiful memories in style!

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