Fancy That: Elevate Your Engagement Photos in Holiday Party Attire

Tis the season to get all decked out! We live for fancy holiday party attire—luxe fabrics, chic silhouettes, bold jewel tones and glinty embellishments. But don’t depend on your December social calendar to get all dolled up. Make a date for your engagement photography session and dress to the nines. Inspired by fancy holiday party attire, here are our top what-to-wear tips to celebrate the occasion.

First and foremost, choose your engagement photo location, then style your look around it. You can dress to complement or contrast the setting. We love the whimsical contrast of sequins, tulle, or a sharp suit against the natural elements of outdoor locations, like rustic harbors, snowy woods or lush green parks. For city dwellers, fancy attire looks uber fresh against graffiti-covered urban enclaves.

Another engagement session tip? Structure looks striking. Slip into architectural silhouettes like figure-hugging sheaths or tailored jackets to mirror the structure of architectural elements. Breathtaking bridges, gothic archways, artful interiors and iconic sculpture all make a dramatic impact.

Taking photos downtown? An elevated look makes it look like you’ve just stepped out for a special date or night out. Think: fresh from an evening show or the sceniest restaurant of the moment. Fancy it up in chic engagement session outfits and hit the town.

And remember, dressing up doesn’t mean looking stiff. Dresses and full skirts add movement to photos, while sequins, tulle and feminine details bring textural interest. Guys look effortlessly handsome in neutral suits and separates, but can pepper in some personality with bold blazers, ties and accessories. The most important rule is to feel comfortable, because that’s what you want to capture in each shot. We fancy that.