Exactly What to Wear for Your Engagement Photos, Based on the Season

We've rounded up our favorite engagement photo outfits to commemorate your milestone.
sarah hanlon associate editor the knot
Sarah Hanlon
sarah hanlon associate editor the knot
Sarah Hanlon
Associate Editor
  • Sarah is an Associate Digital Editor for The Knot, with special focuses in fashion, pop culture and wedding trends.
  • Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Sarah was a contributing writer for Bravo at NBC Universal.
  • Sarah has a degree in journalism and resides in New York City.
Updated Nov 04, 2020
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Your engagement photos should be a fun, less formal precursor to your wedding day photos. An an engagement photoshoot is an opportunity to capture your relationship during one of the most special times. And, as with most prewedding events, picking an outfit is an important component. Since you'll likely use these photos for save-the-dates, wedding day programs or even invitations, you'll want to look your best. Any important photo op comes with a lot of pressure—choosing what to wear for your engagement photos shouldn't be one of them.

What to Wear for Your Engagement Photos

When it comes to choosing engagement photo outfits, your personal taste is a key factor. The outfits you choose help set the mood of your engagement photos, so wear pieces that feel like you. If you aren't into dresses or suits, don't feel pressured to wear a formal outfit because that's what you think you have to wear. Instead, choose something that makes you feel like the best version of yourself. You can wear coordinating wedding-worthy white ensembles, or go for something that feels trendy and modern. What matters most, though, is that you plan your outfits ahead of time so you aren't scrambling to find pieces that go together on the day of.

Seasonality and location can help you decide what to wear for your engagement photos (read: you might want to avoid stilettos on the beach or bare arms in the snow). Comfort is key, so wear warmer outfits with rich colors and texture in the winter, especially if you'll be outside. Brighter, more casual outfits may be better suited for spring or summer engagement photos. Keep in mind that bolder colors will give your photos an instant celebratory feel, and are perfectly appropriate in most settings. If you're sporting prints, make sure they're big enough to show up on camera, but not too flashy—you don't want to get lost in an oversized print.

What matters most is that your engagement photo outfits feel representative of you and your S.O. Don't be afraid to express your personal style. Remember that the more confident you feel, the better your photos will turn out. To help you determine what to wear for your engagement photos, we've outlined the best outfit ideas for each season. Find the best engagement photo dresses and outfits that you can shop right now to prep for your moment on camera. See our best engagement photo outfit ideas below, along with our top tips to make sure you love your look.

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Engagement Photo Outfits for Fall and Winter

If you're planning engagement photo outfits for fall or winter, don't let chilly air or unpredictable weather keep you from looking stylish. Since temperatures tend to dip during fall and winter, longer sleeves, layers and knits are trusty choices. For outdoor photoshoots, consider a color palette that works with your surroundings. Rich oranges, reds and jewel tones all work for this season, especially if you're in a region where the leaves change color.

Keep in mind that statement accessories shouldn't compete with your outfits, so if you're going with a bold pattern, keep the rest of your accessories neutral. Whether you're rocking a sharp cocktail dress and suit or a glitzy New Year's Eve-inspired ensemble, this is the perfect season for you and your fiancé to get a little bit festive. Check out some of our favorite fall and winter engagement photos outfits below.

Camel cowl neck sweater dress

For casual engagement photos in the fall, wear a cozy sweater dress. This neutral camel shade is perfect for autumn—plus, cowl necks are a major trend. We recommend pairing this engagement photo dress with tall boots and gold accessories.

Lulus Autumn Daze cowl neck long sleeve sweater dress in Camel, $47, Lulus.com

Emerald green long sleeve satin midi dress

Taking engagement photos around the holidays? This satin midi has a festive sheen that'll make your pictures look sleek and polished.

Reformation Cameron dress in Emerald, $298, TheReformation.com

White long sleeve sweater dress with eyelet details

Don't let seasonality stop you when it comes to wearing white in your fall engagement photos. While your photoshoot doesn't have to feel overly bridal, a white outfit can act as a sweet nod to your wedding dress. This ivory sweater dress offers bridal vibes without looking too formal.

For Love & Lemons Jules sweater dress in Ivory, $194, Revolve.com

Pink floral long sleeve swing dress

You can't go wrong with florals, especially when it comes to engagement picture dresses. This throwback print inspired by the '90s is a fun option for those with casual style.

Wednesday's Girl Curve long sleeve smock dress in 90's Floral, $29, ASOS.com

Black off-the-shoulder knit midi dress

Your engagement photo outfit should be super comfortable, especially if you'll be braving chilly temperatures. Dress up this off-the-shoulder LBD with glittery statement earrings and heels.

Bardot off shoulder knit dress in Black, $128, Revolve.com

Ivory bow neck structured jumpsuit

Go for a structured jumpsuit if you aren't feeling a dress for your engagement photos. This style's high neckline is accented with a chic bow to make it extra photo-worthy. (And we heart the bridal ivory shade.)

Vince Camuto bow neck stretch crepe jumpsuit in Ivory, $138, Nordstrom.com

Dark velvet floral midi dress

Velvet is a no-fail material for any fall or winter outfit. This moody floral print will look stunning in engagement photos.

Hutch velvet teddy dress in Black Floral Velvet, from $40 for a 4-day rental, RenttheRunway.com

Metallic long sleeve mini dress

Winter engagement photos are the perfect opportunity to get into the holiday spirit—after all, you have a lot to celebrate! To pull off a festive photo shoot, consider metallic accents when choosing what to wear. Engagement photo dresses with a hint of shine will offer just enough sparkle without becoming distracting. Have your fiancé wear a dress shirt in a crisp solid color to complement your glitzy outfit.

ELOQUII Elements flock dot easy dress in Black + Champagne, $45, ELOQUII.com

Deep red wrap maxi dress with puff sleeves and ruffles

Want to wear an engagement picture outfit that'll pop on camera? Go for a deep hue like oxblood. With these puff sleeves and ruffled front, your photos will be unforgettable.

ASOS DESIGN wrap maxi dress in self stripe in Oxblood, $60, ASOS.com

Rust wrap maxi dress with ruffle front

We'll never say no to a wrap dress. This trendy rust one has pretty ruffled sleeves that's ideal for fall engagement photos.

City Chic softly tied dress in Ginger, $109, CoEdition.com

White button down dress shirt

Thoughtful accessories can transform an outfit. Bold accents like printed ties and bow ties, tie bars and colorful socks can show off your personality. Turn to a brand like The Tie Bar to find the best finishing touches—just be sure to keep the rest of your look simple. We recommend pairing colorful accessories with a simple white (or solid-colored) dress shirt and dark slacks.

The Tie Bar Pinpoint non-iron dress shirt in Solid White, $55, TheTieBar.com

Black blazer and khaki pants

Comfort is key for a successful engagement photo shoot. Rhone clothes are made with a special flex-knit fabric that feels like loungewear but looks sleek and formal. You might actually not want to take this blazer-and-pant combo off.

Rhone Commuter blazer in Black, $348, Rhone.com; Rhone Commuter skinny pant in Khaki, $128, Rhone.com

Black suit jacket and pants

If you know you'll need formalwear for a variety of prewedding events, invest in a few essential pieces as soon as possible. Wear a classic black suit like this for your engagement photos, wedding shower and rehearsal dinner to get the most bang for your buck.

ASOS DESIGN skinny suit in Black, $72 for the jacket and $32 for the pants, ASOS.com

Navy medallion print dress shirt
Navy dress pants

We love the look of a navy button-up with corresponding navy pants. The subtle print on this top will give your look something special to make it stand out on camera.

BOSS slim fit medallion dress shirt in Navy, $138, Nordstrom.com; BOSS genius microcheck slim fit flat front wool dress pants in Navy, $228, Nordstrom.com

Maroon polo shirt
Men's black jeans

If you and your S.O. are super laid back, there's no need to wear engagement photo outfits that don't feel representative of you. You can look polished in a pair of simple black jeans and a nice polo.

Polo Ralph Lauren Big & Tall player logo pique polo custom regular fit in Burgundy, $40, ASOS.com; ASOS DESIGN Plus slim jeans in Black, $40, ASOS.com

Engagement Photo Outfits for Summer and Spring

Weddings are in the air during these sunny seasons. Spring and summer are also great times to shoot your engagement photos, especially if you want a beachy backdrop or a cloudless, bright setting. If you're opting for the great outdoors, comfortable shoes, breathable fabrics (like cotton and linen) and shorter hemlines are a must. Whether you like to sport vibrant prints or breezy nautical looks, spring and summer engagement photos are the perfect chance to show off your casual-chic style. From cotton frocks to pastel suits, we've rounded up our favorite engagement photo dresses and outfits for spring and summer. Browse the styles below, and snag your favorite look on the spot.

Blue and white floral midi dress with tie sleeves and ruffled hemline

We'll say "I do" to this romantic blue and white midi any day. Special details like bow straps and a ruffled hem make this a stunning engagement photo outfit.

Reformation Nikita dress in Olympia, $248, TheReformation.com

Blue flare wrap dress with ruffled sleeves

It's never too early to wear something blue. This ethereal wrap dress will make you feel like a vision as you snap photos with your S.O.

ELOQUII flare sleeve wrap dress in Pixel Dot, $130, ELOQUII.com

Cream maxi dress with plunging neckline and ruffled sleeves

If you simply can't wait to wear a white gown, don't hold off until your wedding day. Don a white engagement photo dress to play up your bride-to-be-status. We love this cream maxi, which has a plunging neckline and light flutter sleeves. We recommend pairing it with nude heeled sandals and dainty jewelry.

Lulus I'm All Yours ruffled maxi dress in Cream, $72, Lulus.com

White long sleeve mini dress with tie neck

The ornate details on this mini dress make it a standout option for engagement photos. The ruffled neckline and ornate sheer sleeves are two chic details.

In The Style Plus x Lorna Luxe lace high neck tie detail smock shirt dress in White, $72, ASOS.com

White lace maxi dress with high neckline

This sophisticated high neck lace dress has a regal vibe that's perfectly fit for capturing your engagement. Bonus points: This dress can be rented for as long as you need it, making it a budget-friendly option.

Self Portrait lace panel midi dress in White, from $65 for a 4-day rental, RenttheRunway.com

Pink floral wrap dress

Spring can bring sunshine or showers, or both. Stave off chilly air and throw a lightweight sweater over a flirty dress like this floral design. You won't freeze if temps start to drop, but you'll still look fresh and airy.

Standards & Practices Candace wrap midi dress in Peach Pink Floral Print, $88, CoEdition.com

Pink smocked mini dress with ruffles

Spring and summer are perfect for pastels. This bright smocked mini will highlight your best features and match the sunny season.

LoveShackFancy Sonora dress in Raspberry, $395, LoveShackFancy.com

Pink mini dress with sheer glitter overlay

Can't say no to a glitter moment? We get it. Wear something like this shimmering dusty rose mini for your engagement photos. The sheer overlay adds a boho-glam touch to the ensemble.

H&M glittery-dot mesh dress in Dusty Rose, $50, HM.com

Blue and white button front midi dress with tie sleeves

Blue-and-white is a combo that'll never go out of style. This charming frock has tie sleeves and buttons down the front, making this a comfortable (and cute) summer engagement photo outfit.

Row A front button midi dress in Ivory/Blue, $59, Nordstrom.com

Light green mint striped dress shirt
Men's khaki pants

Keep it casual in a pastel button down and light chinos. If you're not one for formalwear, this laid-back outfit is still appropriate for engagement photos.

ASOS DESIGN Plus regular fit button down oxford shirt in Mint Stripe; $40, ASOS.com; New Look Plus slim chino pants in Stone, $34, ASOS.com

Light blue polo shirt
Men's navy pants

Don't stress if the thought of wearing a suit makes you uncomfortable. For a great engagement photo outfit that feels laidback, go for a pair of dress pants and a simple polo. If you feel comfortable, your confidence will shine through on camera.

Rhone Commuter polo in Navy Pin Dot, $98, Rhone.com; Rhone Commuter five pocket pant in Navy, $138, Rhone.com

Men's gray suit

A photoshoot at an upscale location requires a formal outfit. This light colored-suit is an ideal engagement picture outfit if you're planning to have them taken in warmer weather.

Topman 2 piece suit with notch lapels in Grey, $200, Topman.com

Men's light blue linen suit

There's no season like spring to break out a cheerful color palette when deciding what to wear for engagement photos. For a no-fail take on this trend, choose a cooler pastel like this blue linen suit. Not only will your outfit be super comfortable to wear for an extended period of time, it'll show off your impeccable sense of style.

ASOS DESIGN wedding skinny suit in stretch cotton linen in Blue and White, $110 for the jacket and $48 for the pants, ASOS.com

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