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Before the wedding planning begins, you have to announce to your friends and family that the question has been popped! A fun way to do so is with engagement photo shoots. Often times the engagement shoot can show a more relaxed and lighthearted side to the bride- and groom-to-be. Whether your shoot will take place in the Lincoln Park on a sunny weekend, around Millennium Park, or in the middle of a quintessential cobblestone street, you should make sure to look and feel amazing and comfortable. Below are some Chicago boutiques to help you dress your best for a casual outdoors engagement shoot.
Known for laid-back (yet still fashion-conscious) pieces, the Steven Alan boutique in Wicker Park houses both its eponymous label and other minimalist hipster pieces. Think simple cotton dresses, on-trend boyfriend jeans, and preppy-inspired knits. The store offers both men's and women's clothes, so you can make sure both you and your honey are coordinated on photo day.
Rocky + Luella
Rocky + Luella is a boutique started by two best friends who aim to offer clothes that exude casual cool with a twist. They also offer clothing for both genders, and recently set up shop in trendy Ukrainian Village. You'll find Yerse tribal-inspired ponchos, feminine plaids from Bridge + Burn, and easy, breezy dresses from Ilana Kohn.
With its slightly boho, slightly Coachella vibe, women's boutique Eskell is the perfect place to score eclectic pieces for a fun outdoor shoot. You'll find darling frocks and witty separates, as well as edgy outerwear and day-perfect jewelry that you can wear long after the camera's last shot.
No outdoor engagement shoot is complete without spot-on outerwear. Thankfully, Vince is the king of the sleek, refined jacket (leather especially!). Browse their Oak Street location for subdued — but still impactful — designs that will make you shine in a sophisticated and modern way.
If you're looking to support local designers who specialize in funky casual separates, head over to Milk Handmade in Andersonville. There, you'll discover edgy hoodies by Chicago-based designer Anna Hovet, quirky knits from ShiliConfetti, and artsy scarves from Argaman & Defiance. Perfect for an engagement shoot you'll remember forever.