10 Perfect Outfits For Your Engagement Photos
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Just Engaged!1 of 11
By Tiffany Tse
As if wedding planning weren't stressful enough, there's the pressure to look great in your engagement photos, with images worthy of The New York Times' Vows column. To help you get the most out of your shoot, we asked style experts for their tips and tricks on how to dress. Check out ten fool-proof, flattering looks.
Classic Hit2 of 11
"When you're choosing an outfit, ask yourself, 'Will this look relevant in 20 years?'" says Rue La La fashion director Jackie Nasser. "Steer clear from of-the-moment trends if you're aiming for a classic shoot." Opt for a simple dress with a sweetheart neckline and drop earrings for a look that won't go out of style.
My Fair Lady3 of 11
Make sure you're wearing colors that complement your skin tone. "If you're fair-skinned, pastels look really pretty on you," says Nasser. "Think lavender, mint and baby blue." Opt for a pretty pleated dress paired with a crystal necklace and pointy-toe shoes.
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"If you have a medium skin tone, you're lucky—virtually every color looks good on you," says Nasser. "I especially love neutrals or metallics." Try a blush-hued silk blouse with a flared skirt and metallic necklace.
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Black Out6 of 11
Want to keep the color scheme simple? Go for universally flattering black. "It looks great on any skin tone," says Derek Guillemette, director of ready-to-wear at Rent the Runway. "Remember that the quality of the photo depends as much on your skin tone as it does on the background you're shooting against. That's why black-and-white photography is so easy and timeless." We suggest a lace-trimmed top, dark jeans and bright flats for a pop of color.
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"I always recommend a mani and pedi in classic colors like pale pink or nude," says Nasser. "Plus, it's a great way to get a quick moment of Zen during wedding planning." Our picks? Julep's pearly pink and Essie's semi-sheer nude polishes.
Neck & Neck8 of 11
Another detail to pay attention to? Your neckline. "Ballet and V necklines are the most flattering choices to frame your face and bring the attention to your eyes," says Guillemette. Your neckline should also determine your hairstyle. "If you have a busy neckline, such as one with embellishments or detailing, then go for an updo," says Nasser. "If it's something simpler, go for a more natural hair-down look.
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Pay attention to the seasons as well. "For a spring or summer shoot, embrace the outdoors for your location and opt for colorful printed attire," says Guillemette. "If it's fall or winter, consider an in-studio session with creative lighting." This floral dress teamed with wedge sandals and pretty bangles would photograph well for summer.
Mix & Match10 of 11
"There's no need for couples to color coordinate or look very matchy-matchy—too much can be distracting," says Nasser. "Look for subtle ways to show complementary style, whether through a matching pocket square, a lip color or socks." Guillemette agrees, adding, "Couples should avoid wearing the same color as ill-defined borders can make the subjects look like one figure."
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Most importantly, wear a flattering, comfortable outfit. "Make sure that you can sit and stand easily in it," says Nasser. "Many engagement shoots have couples moving around in a variety of poses, so don't go with something super-short or tight that makes it hard to adjust. You know your body best, so go with an outfit that flatters your body shape instead of trying to force a look or trend."