Marilyn & Michael - Engagement

Something I get asked about a lot is wardrobe for engagement sessions. I am pretty sure everyone has a different take on what you should wear/how you should look but here are some of my thoughts on the subject. 

First: Coordinate, don't match. We are so past the days of jeans and a white tee on the beach! You wouldn't go out to dinner in matching outfits, why take photos in them?

Second: Be comfortable! Marilyn and Michael both dress fairly nice in their everyday lives so wearing heels and a dress for her and a sport coat for him worked. But if you aren't usually one to sport the 4 inch heels and he feels stiff in a tie, I'd say skip the "fancy" look and go with something that you feel yourself in. Your man can look just as nice in great jeans and a polo as he would in a full suit. 

Third: Pattern and texture are great!! When choosing a pattern remember that the tiny polkadot dress may not show up as well in photographs as a larger print would, but also don't go too crazy when mixing your patterns as a couple. Marilyn's bold floral print popped and Michael's striped shirt was a great subtle accent. 
If you are choosing to wear solids, think about texture of your fabrics. Marilyn's navy lace dress looked amazing in photos and the fabric of Michael's jacket was just enough to accent! You can also layer solid colors to create a good texture, throw on a sweater or a scarf over your top. If you get tired of it or want to change the look it's an easy change! 

Lastly: Dress for your season but stay classic. Remember that engagement photos are a great time to get photos of you and your fiancé being yourselves that you can have forever. Just because it is winter doesn't mean you need to be in huge puffy coats, earmuffs, scarves, furry boots and the whole shebang holding coffee mugs in a pile of fake snow. There is no need to be in costume to have your photo taken! Remember, be yourselves and be comfortable!