Popping the question is only the beginning of your wedding journey. For many couples, an engagement shoot is one of the first opportunities to celebrate your impending marriage and, for the bride-to-be, show off your new bling!
The fall season with its colorful foliage and a slight chill in the air offers an especially scenic and romantic backdrop for engagement photos, as well as the chance to go a little out-of-the-box with your outfit choices. While wearing white is definitely still an option if you want to look as bridal as possible, you can also opt for richer colors like red, orange, yellow, green, and warm earthy tones. Just make sure to match the color palette to your location to avoid any clashes with your backdrop. It may also be best to steer clear of brighter hues, like pink or yellow, which would complement a spring or summer photoshoot but can be incompatible with the moodier tones of fall.
The secret to crafting a gorgeous fall engagement photo outfit is finding the perfect combination of comfortable and stylish. Ahead, discover 24 of our favorite ensembles that will have you looking and feeling your best.
BCBG Faye Square Neck Evening Gown
Size: 0-16 | Length: Maxi | Materials: Polyester
Featuring a square neckline and long sleeves with shoulder pads, this modern dress is for a bride looking to keep it simple and chic. Accessorize with a belt to accentuate the fit-and-flare silhouette for an even more polished look.
Price at time of publish: $358
Best Slip Dress
Veronica Beard Kura Stretch-Silk Dress
Size: 00-16 | Length: Maxi | Materials: Silk
Sleek and sophisticated, this silk dress comes in a gorgeous cognac color that will fit right in with a fall aesthetic. The minimalist nature of the high cowl neck and sleeveless silhouette make it easy to dress this look up or down.
Price at time of publish: $598
BHLDN x Free People Wylder Set
Size: XS-XL | Length: Maxi | Materials: Floral lace and cotton
Bring on the boho vibes with this floral lace set from BHLDN and Free People. The bell sleeve crop top and matching skirt would suit a location out in nature, whether that’s your local park or a staple of the fall season—the pumpkin patch.
Price at time of publish: $398
Best Sweater Dress
Lulus Modena Rust Brown Dolman Sleeve Bodycon Sweater Dress
Size: XS-XL | Length: Mini | Materials: Ribbed knit
Keep it comfy with this knitted sweater dress. This flattering bodycon number is fitted at the waist with a plunging neckline and comes in two colors—rust brown and sage green—which would both look great in a fall shoot.
Price at time of publish: $64
Best Midi Dress
Reformation Ariele Cotton Sweater Dress
Size: XS-XL | Length: Midi | Materials: Cotton
Looking for an elevated yet casual outfit? Then, this midi dress might be for you! Made out of ribbed knit fabric, this off-the-shoulder dress suits a laidback style with a feminine flair.
Price at time of publish: $178
Best Cowl Neck
Jenny Yoo Rory Dress
Size: 0-18 | Length: Floor | Materials: Floral velvet
This dreamy velvet dress, featuring an empire waist, cowl neckline, and bias-cut skirt, comes in almost every fall-themed hue—emerald green, dark berry, and English rose. You can’t go wrong with either color, but we’re loving this dark green one that is absolutely elegant.
Price at time of publish: $330
Show Me Your Mumu Natalie Maxi Dress
Size: XXS-XXL | Length: Maxi | Materials: Lace
The modest high neckline and lace flared sleeves on this dress are offset by the open-plunging back that includes a tie detail at the shoulders for a bit of drama. If you want a quintessential bridal look, opt for the white lace alternative.
Price at time of publish: $248
Best Column Style
Fame and Partners Rain Column Dress
Size: 0-16 | Length: Midi | Materials: Corded lace
A flattering lace number, this column dress—featuring spaghetti straps and midi-length—is effortlessly chic. Sweep your hair into a messy updo and keep accessories minimal to showcase the sultriness of the open sides and back.
Price at time of publish: $315
Best Puff Sleeves
Rotate Birger Christensen Noon Midi Dress
Size: 2-12 | Length: Midi | Materials: Satin
Made of 60 percent recycled fibers, this satin dress has exaggerated puff sleeves and two bow details on the back for a luxe and eco-friendly look. Plus, the striking details will stand out in your photos for a dress that looks amazing from every angle.
Price at time of publish: $450
Best Flutter Sleeves
BHLDN Leila Satin Charmeuse Maxi Dress
Size: 0-26W | Length: Maxi | Materials: Satin
Timeless and elegant, this simple maxi dress from BHDLN includes a draped bodice, flutter sleeves, and a plunging neckline. Available in 12 colors and a range of inclusive sizes, this polished look will be flattering on all figures.
Price at time of publish: $248
Amsale Draped Bodice Jumpsuit
Size: 00-28 | Length: Floor | Materials: Satin
Planning a formal engagement shoot? You can’t go wrong with this satin jumpsuit from Amsale. It features a draped bodice, dainty off-the-shoulder sleeves, and wide-leg pants for a sleek and stylish silhouette.
Price at time of publish: $595
Best Long Sleeve
16Arlington Odessa Wrap-Neck Feather-Trim Crepe Dress
Size: 0-12 | Length: Midi | Materials: Polyester
Calling all high-fashion brides, this feather-trimmed dress is the epitome of glamour. From the burgundy hue to the high-wrapped neck and cutout décolleté, this dress is a luxurious choice that will complement a formal photo setting.
Price at time of publish: $1,172
Best Convertible Dress
Safiyaa Catalina Ivory Midi Dress
Size: 2-16 | Length: Midi | Materials: Crepe and organza
Switch up your look mid-shoot with this convertible dress from Safiyaa. The curved bustier dress comes with a lightweight organza bolero, which is a great option if your photos are being shot in a warmer location. Plus, you get two looks without an outfit change!
Price at time of publish: $1,535
Rime Arodaky Patsy Jumpsuit
Size: 0-12 | Length: Ankle and floor length | Materials: Crepe, lace, and tulle
Skip out on a traditional dress for this playful jumpsuit. The crepe cigarette pants will be easy to move around in, and there’s no lack of fun details with this ensemble. The white and beige bodice is covered in hand-embroidered lace flowers for a whimsical touch.
Price at time of publish: $2,070
Best Pop of Color
Needle & Thread Candice Gown
Size: 0-14 | Length: Floor | Materials: Tulle
If you’re looking to make a major fashion statement in your photos, this cherry red dress from Needle & Thread will pop on camera. The flowing silhouette and layers of dotted tulle give the gown dimension, and you’ll want to swing your skirt with every shot.
Price at time of publish: $679
Mac Duggal Floral Bell Sleeve Ruffle Mini Dress
Size: 2-12 | Length: Mini | Materials: Tulle
A mini dress you won’t want to take off, this tulle masterpiece is covered in a brown floral print and layers of ruffles for a fall-inspired look. It also has billowing bell sleeves that add to the whimsical nature of the dress.
Price at time of publish: $498
BCBG Norma Lace Evening Dress
Size: 0-16 | Length: Maxi | Materials: Lace
There are so many details to love about this lace dress, from the cutouts at the waistline to the peplum-inspired ruffle that flows down the front of the skirt. A romantic choice, this garment is perfect for a bride with a modern boho style.
Price at time of publish: $598
Best Pleated Dress
A.L.C. Delfina Pleated Long Asymmetric One-Shoulder Dress
Size: 00-14 | Length: Maxi | Materials: Polyester
This daring one-shoulder dress from A.L.C. is a bold choice that will pay off. The cutout waist is balanced by an asymmetrical skirt, and accordion pleats in a rich orange-brown hue for an elegant finish.
Price at time of publish: $695
Safiyaa Angelina Ivory & Black Long Dress
Size: 2-16 | Length: Floor | Materials: Crepe and chiffon
We love the dichotomy of this simple and sophisticated gown with a black bodice and ivory skirt. The empire waistline and cape-like sleeves are a regal touch that will be striking on camera for effortlessly chic photos.
Price at time of publish: $2,095
Sabina Musayev Ray Dress
Size: XS-XL | Length: Maxi | Materials: Polyester
Go for a bit of glitz and glam with this metallic gold dress. The plunging neckline and black bows on the shoulders are fun and flirty details that take this look to the next level.
Price at time of publish: $490
Jenny Yoo Malia Dress
Size: 0-18 | Length: Floor | Materials: Velvet
Velvet is a popular fall fabric, and it’s not hard to see why when it’s in this stunning dark berry hue. Complete with long sleeves and a sultry center slit, this dress will have you looking elegant, eye-catching, and comfortable all at once!
Price at time of publish: $295
Best Blazer Dress
Amanda Uprichard Meritt Blazer
Size: XS-L | Length: Mini | Materials: Polyester
This ensemble is your favorite blazer with a bridal twist! The padded shoulders, button cuffs, and buckled belt add some "oomph" to this casually chic look that is anything but simple.
Price at time of publish: $298
Danielle Frankel Cheryl Dress and Jo Cardigan
Size: XS-L | Length: Midi | Materials: Chantilly lace and silk cashmere
This cashmere midi dress and cropped cardigan perfectly combine comfortability and bridal glam. The romantic Chantilly lace that trims the hem of the dress and handkerchief sleeves allude to a wedding gown without being too on the nose.
Price at time of publish: $1,990
ASTR The Label Allie Floral Maxi Dress
Size: XS-XL | Length: Maxi | Materials: Polyester
An item that will quickly become a staple in your fall wardrobe, this tiered maxi dress features ruffled detailing, a yellow floral print, and a front slit. Play up the romance by pairing this with gold heels, or keep it casual with white sneakers and a jean jacket!
Price at time of publish: $148
What to Look for When Shopping for a Fall Engagement Photo Outfit
There are so many options to choose from when it comes to engagement photo outfits, especially for fall. It’s always a good idea to refer to your locale and overall shoot theme when choosing an ensemble to help narrow down your choices. If you’re going casual (like taking photos in a pumpkin patch, your home, or a park) choose something laidback and comfy, such as sweater dresses, maxi dresses, or lace separates. For a more formal setting or venue, opt for a dressier ensemble like a floor-length dress with long sleeves, a wide-leg jumpsuit, or a satin gown. Whether you’ve decided on formal or casual, your overall look should reflect your personal style with a few nods to the season. When accessorizing, consider fall-inspired items such as boots, hats, belts, and a light jacket or cardigan.
Do I have to wear white for my engagement photos?
Not at all! Many brides-to-be choose to wear white as a subtle nod to their upcoming wedding, but it’s totally optional. You should pick an outfit that feels true to your personal style and if that means choosing a colorful outfit, we say go for it.
Should I have multiple outfits for an engagement shoot?
This really comes down to your preference and the length of your shoot. For a variety of photos, most couples will bring two sets of clothes—one casual and one formal. However, if you don’t have the time for an outfit change or would rather avoid the stress of choosing two outfits, pick one ensemble you really love that represents your style the best.
Where can I shop for a fall engagement photo outfit?
With a range of options to consider, from sweaters to gowns, as well as a more expansive color palette, you can likely turn to any of your favorite brands for your engagement photo outfit. Reformation, BHLDN, and Lulus are all great places to start your search for both casual and formal pieces.
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