March 11, 2019
What to Wear for your Engagement Session: For Him
As Long as He’s Got That Suit & Tie
From James Bond to Don Draper, men look most striking in a well-tailored suit. If he doesn’t have one, now’s the perfect time to invest in something he’ll wear for the rest of his life! The best part? It’s a lot less expensive than you might think! While custom suits can cost thousands of dollars, some of the most well-known brands have off-the-rack suits in their stores for a fraction of the price. Solid shades of gray or navy are a strong compliment to most women’s outfits, whereas pinstripes or plaid patterns tend to distract the eye.
Quick Tip: There’s no substitute for a well-tailored suit.
Mix It Up
Many of my grooms love to mix a suit coat, blazer or sport coat with a different pant color. It adds some extra visual interest, and can be more fun than wearing two full suits in a row. I’m a big fan of this fresh take on a timeless classic
Next time you walk by a store like J. Crew, look in the window, and you’ll notice the male mannequins and models are always wearing several layers at once. Layers on men look great on camera, so even when it’s hot outside, trust me when I say that it’s worth an hour or two of discomfort for photos that will last you both a lifetime. Adding another layer will bring extra dimension and visual interest to your photos. Blazers, vests and coats up the level of any look. If the temperature permits, he could even consider adding a v-neck sweater with a pop of color from a long-sleeved collared shirt and tie underneath. Don’t be afraid to get a little creative with layers!
It’s All in the Details
Long pants and closed-toed shoes are the most sophisticated and masculine looks for men. They draw attention away from his legs and feet and place it where you want it: on the face you fell in love with. So, for your session, it’s best to leave the shorts, sandals and jeans at home, too. Suit pants, dress pants or colored pants work best. Brown leather dress shoes compliment almost every look, whether he’s wearing a full suit or a blazer and colored pants. Ties, bowties, pocket squares, colored socks, belts, tie clips, suspenders, vests and watches are sharp compliments to any suit. If you bring two suits to the session, you can start with a traditional necktie and belt, then switch to suspenders and a bow tie for your second look. If two suits are too stressful, no problem! One look will do the trick! You can still mix and match accessories to compliment both of her dresses without doing a full change during the session. So, either way, you win.
Looking for more tips? Find the engagement session checklist here:
Engagement Session Checklist
And See the rest of the series here:
Choosing the Right Time and Date for your Engagement Pictures | Engagement Session Tips Part 1
Choosing the Right Location for your Engagement Pictures | Engagement Session Tips Part 2
How To Plan Destination Engagement Pictures | Engagement Session Tips Part 3
Styling Your Engagement Session | Engagement Session Tips Part 4
Say Yes to The Dress | Engagement Session Tips Part 5
Choosing Colors and Coordinating Looks | Engagement Session Tips Part 6
Flattering Your Features | Engagement Session Tips Part 7
Hair and Makeup | | Engagement Session Tips Part 8
What to Wear for your Engagement Session: For Him | Engagement Session Tips Part 9