Engagement Session planning can be overwhelming and exhausting for both parties. Who wears what? Does a certain color look good on both of you? How do you compliment a pattern? The possibilities are endless and frustrating when you don't know where to start. We are going to cover:
complimentary color palettes
patterns that go and those that don't
accessories and layers
keeping it simple
1. Complimentary Color Palettes
I think this is the one thing I get most from couples. Do we wear the same color? The short answer, heck to the no! You want to compliment each other like you do in your relationship. You're not the same person and you definitely do not have to be matchy matchy. That's just weird.....
There are colors/tones/hues/metallic all things that can compliment the outfit choice of one person and enhance the outfit of the other. Lets take a look at our color selection tool that we send to all our clients to help them prepare the right way.
So if you pick two neutrals, a complimentary color, and an accent color for the both of you that ties it all together theres no way you can win at looking your best! See easy and not scary 1980's everyone is in the exact same yellow vest status.
2. Patterns that go and those that don't
Now this one I hear pretty often as well and if I don't generally someone shows up in a pattern that clashes HARD with their significant other. Patterns that go well together are plaids and neutrals. You'll see in the image below Paige is wearing a plaid shirt with khaki (a neutral) and Kryssie is in a pop of color in this beautiful mustard yellow sweater. The other thing she did with this is have a design but it's subtle enough that it is totally fine to pair with her partners plaid. Don't be afraid to mix clothing items with texture with bold patterns like plaid.
Here is a second example from Alana and Spencer with floral instead!
Onto the DONT's... DO NOT mix two bold patterns together. This clashes hard in pictures. DO NOT wear the exact same color, matchy matchy is out. DO NOT wear neon orange, lol, unless it's really you're thing and we stylize the whole session around neons. It will not go well with the other person's brown jacket well. I won't show pictures of the donts I have seen to spare those clients : )
Onto the DONT's... DO NOT mix two bold patterns together. This clashes hard in pictures. DO NOT wear the exact same color, matchy matchy is out. DO NOT wear neon orange, lol, unless it's really you're thing and we stylize the whole ssession around neons. It will not go well with the other person's brown jacket well. I won't show pictures of the donts I have seen to spare those clients : )
3. Accesories and Layers
There is nothing a well selected accessory or layer can't do for any outfit. A great scarf in the fall, a floppy hat in the spring or summer, a trench coat in the rain, the perfect shoes, an umbrella, suspenders you guys.... hot! This can be the item for each of you in your accents palette that brings it all together!
Also consider earrings, watches, braclets, bowties, statement shoes, college sweaters if that's your thing, nationality flags, or traditional trinkets passed down for generations.
4. Keeping it Simple
If you aren't a stylized couple, THATS OK! Simple solid colored tops, jeans and t-shirts, your Northface jackets. Do it the simple way! Check out Ila and Adam. They wanted a fourwheeling adventure and that does not call for heels and a ballgown.
Simple and real was perfect for these two. If you're like 'THATS MEEEE!!!' come in your favorite sweat pants if that's what makes you comfortable and is the style your going for. You do you always!
At the end of the day if the words accessorize, palettes, and patterns just make your head spin and this didn't help at all : ) just wear what you feel says 'this is who I am' because that is the outfit that you will shine in. The thing that really matters is for the happiness to pour through each image.