I have been getting quite a few requests for fall outfits for couples photos, whether you are shooting engagement photos or Christmas cards picking out outfits can be challenging. I have combed through some of my favorite fall photos of Jared and I over the last few years for inspiration and help.
Fall Outfits for Couples Photos
My three rules for fall outfits for couple photos are…
1. Coordinate don’t match
2. Look like you go together
3. Have a lead singer in the photo
The easy route is to be matchy-matchy, it’s definitely easy picking one color you both wear and you’re set…although easy it can look really cheesy and make the photo flat because of the same colors. I recommend choosing outfits that coordinate rather than match.
I would recommend sticking to a loose color palette or family. This will help everything look cohesive without looking too matchy-matchy.
When taking photos I also want it to look natural and as unstaged as possible. Although Jared and I accidentally match sometimes we rarely leave the house actually matching so why would you take photos that way.
When Jared and I leave the house I always make sure we go together and I also apply this rule for photos. You don’t want one person super dressed up and the other casual or vise versa. As a couple, you want to compliment each other and look…well like a couple.
I also recommend having one person be the lead in their outfits and the other compliment them. Often times Jared takes lead because of his pattern shirts or ties. However, both people can wear patterns if done right.
Let’s take a look at some real-life fall outfits for couple photos for some examples.
This photo is a great example of the three rules above.
We have a similar color palette with my blue sweater complimenting Jared’s button-down collar peaking out and have similar color shoes on to tie in the look. We definitely look like we go together both dressed in casual attire and Jared is the lead singer with his red chino pants from Duckhead and I compliment him nicely.
This was an impromptu photo but I think all three rules apply, with the blue in my jacket coordinates with the blue plaid in Jared’s shirt.
This is one of my favorite photos and I love the dark green in my dress complimenting Jared’s dark green vest.
These outfits are probably as matchy-matchy as it gets when it comes to couples photos for us. On total accident, my shirt is the same shade of blue as Jared’s tie. We still have prints going on but we tie it together with the common accent color.
This is one of our engagement photos and you can see Jared is the lead of these outfits with his bright marron check shirt and I kept it super similar with all neutral colors so I wouldn’t compete and make the photo too busy.
Lastly, another of our engagement photos where Jared is taking lead with a bold gingham and I am keeping it simple with a chambray dress, however, with the texture of shoes and the pop of Jared’s watch it doesn’t look forced for photos. This looks like something we would just be wearing out on a date.
When it comes to fall outfits for couple photos remember the three rules and don’t overthink it. I personally like it when things feel more natural and staged.
Check out what to wear to family photos here if you are looking for more outfit inspiration.