24 Casual and Dressy Engagement Photo Outfits for Fall 2022
Congratulations, you're engaged! The stage of your engagement is a special and memorable period leading up to your wedding day. Many couples choose to celebrate with a formal engagement photo shoot with a professional photographer, which can serve as a test run for your wedding day, among many other benefits. "It's a great opportunity for couples to get to know their wedding photographer, practice posing and get comfortable in front of the camera, but also dress up and see what their hair and makeup may look like in photos," says wedding photographer Hana Gonzalez. Additionally, your engagement photos can be repurposed on other formats, including for your wedding website, save-the-dates and wedding guest book.
And if you're planning to have a fall engagement photo session, you're in luck! Fall is a wonderful season to hold your engagement shoot. Fall is not only known for its romantic venues (from beautiful apple orchards to whimsical pampas fields), but the season's climate and overall ambiance are definitely in your favor. "When I think of fall, I think of pumpkin spice and cozy blankets, giving fall engagement sessions that warm, fuzzy feeling. The leaves are changing and the golden light coming through the trees makes photos look special," adds Gonzalez.
Your fall engagement outfit attire—what and your partner wear to your session—is an equally significant part of the equation. Below, we're breaking down fall engagement photo outfits, including what to wear and the best colors for the season. Then, we're sharing our favorite fall outfit ideas for couples to shop on the spot.
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What to Wear for Fall Engagement Photos
As you start to plan your outfits, keep in mind the venue, location and climate. Because autumn days can be chilly or warm, consider bringing layers to your session just in case. Think ahead about the vibe you and your partner want, whether that's casual, formal or somewhere in between. Coordinating your outfits will ensure your photos look cohesive and effortless, and Gonzalez suggests teaming up with a stylist (if it's in your budget) who can help choose outfits that will complement you and your partner.
"I always recommend dressing in light layers with some texture to the fabric," says wedding photographer Ashley Gerrity. "Avoid busy patterns, blending in with the background and getting too 'matchy-matchy' with your fiance. You want your looks to coordinate without looking too similar. And don't forget to accessorize—think of a playful scarf, bold earrings or a fun hat!"
Selecting your colors is another factor to consider while planning your fall engagement photo outfits. Generally, fall is known for darker hues, deep jewel tones and wine-inspired shades. "If you're embracing the autumn ambiance, I'm a big fan of deeply hued burgundies and warm earth tones," adds Gerrity. But ultimately, the choice of what colors to wear is completely yours. "It really depends on your style and the vibe of your wedding," says Gonzalez. "If you are looking for classic bright photos, you can choose lighter colors. If you are hoping for a modern darker look, you can go with deeper colors for more contrast."
Ultimately, experts say to have fun and make the most of your session. "One of the best ways to prepare for an engagement session is to treat it like a date night and have fun with it," suggests Gonzalez. "Picking a favorite location or activity will take the stress away, and couples can enjoy getting their pictures taken."
Fall Engagement Photo Outfits for Women
From floral dresses to wide-leg jumpsuits, we've gathered the cutest casual and dressy fall engagement outfits on the market.
We're obsessed with the look of this gorgeous gold jumpsuit for your fall engagement shoot. From the exaggerated shoulder ties to the flowy wide-leg pants, it's a foolproof pick for autumn. Add glittering silver accessories to complete your look.
Open Back Midi Dress
If the vibes are sultry and romantic, this fall midi dress—complete with a square neck and A-line midi skirt—is one of our favorite styles for the season. The strappy back adds a flirty element to the minimalist, flowy silhouette.
Eyelet Midi Dress
Taking pictures with your fiance will be a blast in this beautiful white eyelet dress. Standout features include the unique eyelet pattern, open back and chic wrap front. Plus, the long puffed sleeves are a beautiful detail to show off during a fall engagement photo shoot.
Bow-Tie Maxi Dress
We're blown away by this fashion-forward fall engagement photo dress. From the oversized bow detail on the bodice to the two-toned silhouette with a tiered skirt, we're thoroughly impressed. Best of all, it's available in standard, petite and plus sizes, and also comes in Navy.
Chiffon Maxi Skirt
Adding a black skirt to your fall engagement photo outfit is a stylish idea. This plus-size black maxi skirt is crafted from fluid chiffon for a light and airy feel. Style it with a white or colorful top and heeled sandals or mules for a casually chic ensemble.
Lace-Up Long-Sleeve Bodysuit
This white long-sleeve bodysuit is a piece you'll reach for on the regular. With a sweetheart neckline, puffy chiffon sleeves and a sweet tie detail on the bodice, you can dress it up with a skirt or down with denim jeans depending on the vibe of your fall engagement photo shoot.
Floral Silk Dress
If you're looking for dressy and cute fall engagement photo outfits, Reformation is an excellent place to shop. From the allover botanical print to the relaxed, fitted maxi skirt, you'll look picture-perfect in this stunning floral number. As another plus, the lightweight silk charmeuse fabric will keep you comfortable in cool and warmer weather.
Silk Resort Shirt
Here's another silk outfit idea for your fall engagement photos. Pair this washable silk charmeuse blouse with black or denim pants and sparkly accessories for a touch of shimmer. The shirt comes in five beautiful colorways for autumn—from Pink Blush to Cargo Green—as well as regular, tall and petite sizes.
Cozy Sweater Dress
If the weather's going to be chilly during your outdoor fall engagement photo shoot, no problem! Try this chic midi sweater dress available in petite, regular and tall sizes. It features a mock neckline, open-back detail and comfy ribbed material, making it a comfortable and chic option you'll definitely wear again. Choose from three fall-worthy colorways: Beige, Black and Brown.
Striped Brown and White Dress
What about incorporating a fun pattern or print, like this striped brown and white midi dress from Faithfull the Brand? Not only does the design scream fall, but it's crafted from a lightweight cotton fabric for ultimate comfort. The high round neckline, functional side pockets and open back also comprise this trendy design.
Versatile Black Dress
You can't go wrong with a versatile black dress for your fall engagement photos. We're drawn to this fabulous dark-colored frock, thanks to the asymmetrical neckline, one-shoulder puff sleeve and thigh-high side slit. Complete your dazzling outfit with gold jewelry and neutral-colored heels.
Wrap-Style Midi Dress
This wrap-style midi dress comes in an array of fun fall shades, from Olive and Brown to Wine and Rust. The V-neckline and tiered skirt add a touch of sophistication, while the short ruffle sleeves are so fun. The comfy wrap style also means you can adjust the fit to your liking—so it's a win-win.
Fall Engagement Photo Outfits for Men
For men's fall engagement photo outfits, you can't go wrong with a long-sleeve button-down shirt and a comfortable pair of dress pants paired with dressy loafers or sneakers. But we've included fall options for every style, formality and venue—let's get started.
Printed Polka Dot Shirt
This soft cotton long-sleeve button-down comes in so many fun prints, including this navy and mustard polka dot pattern. Choose your shirt size, then select your preferred shirt fit and length. Pair your outfit with jeans or chinos to let the print stand out.
Black Knit Shorts
These black knit shorts, which are also available in extra-long sizes, are a foolproof choice for autumn photo shoot attire. From the on-theme dark color to the comfortable fit, it's a versatile piece you can pair with many different shirts.
Anti-Odor Polo Shirt
Available in regular and tall sizes, this buttery soft polo shirt is a no-brainer for your autumn-themed shoot. The shirt not only gives off a silky smooth appearance, but it has special anti-odor and breathability properties to keep you feeling fresh. The relaxed polo collar with a button placket and short sleeves complete this suave style.
Lightweight Button-Down Shirt
The burgundy hue of this long-sleeve button-down shirt will look incredible against the fall scenery. As another plus, the lightweight cotton fabric will keep you cool throughout the entirety of your shoot. Wear it with dark-washed pants to complete your photo-ready outfit.
Colorful Polo Shirt
If you're looking for fun outfit ideas for fall engagement photos, consider a colorful polo. The polo collar, comfortable short sleeves and partial button placket give this shirt a dressy edge. Style your outfit with dressy sneakers for a casual fall photo engagement outfit.
Trust us: These editor-approved commuter pants will be your new favorite piece in your closet. The brand's Flex-Knit fabric is stretchy and wrinkle-resistant, and it's available in a rainbow of shades that would look exceptional for an outdoor engagement shoot, including Black, Khaki, Olivine and Navy. Choose from four different styles for your fit: regular, slim, skinny and five-pocket.
Lightweight Linen Shirt
If you're looking for a practical and functional fit, look no further than this dark khaki linen long-sleeve skirt. The smart-casual top is crafted from a breathable cotton and linen blend, plus it has a single regular collar, chest pocket and double button cuffs. Throw in a pair of casual chinos and dress shoes, then you're ready for your fall engagement photos.
Stretchy Cotton Pants
These performance pants are cut like a jean and feel like a chino—so they're definitely worth the splurge. The blended cotton fabric is ideal for your fall engagement photo outfit, plus it's even made with a bit of stretch for extra mobility. You can't go wrong with any of the versatile colorways (just make sure to coordinate with your partner first).
Navy and Black Plaid Shirt
We had to include a plaid option—it's autumn after all! This navy black flannel shirt is specifically made for big and tall sizes, and is completed with a button-down collar, button front and long sleeves. The plaid design is fun and festive without feeling too busy. Style your outfit with jeans or chinos for a put-together ensemble.
Tailored Suit Jacket
Want to take your fall engagement photo outfit to the next level? Add an autumn-colored suit jacket, like this Covert Green piece. This jacket would look great paired with a white button-down and dress pants or chinos. Accessorize with a nice watch and dress shoes for a formal-leaning ensemble.
Long-Sleeve Linen Shirt
You'll look dapper in this coffee-hued long-sleeve shirt for your fall engagement shoot. The 100% linen material is ultra-breathable and has a lived-in texture with a slightly crinkled appearance. To complete your casual look, add your favorite denim pants, then get ready to receive lots of compliments from your friends and family.
Stretchy Slim-Fit Shirt
You won't want to take off this navy long-sleeve dress shirt after your fall engagement photo session. The slim-fit top is made with Italian lightweight stretch fabric and boasts a classic button-down style. Best of all, you can dress it up or down depending on the vibe of your photo shoot.