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Your Anniversary Session Outfit Guide

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Anniversary Session Outfit Guide | What to Wear | Alicia Yarrish Photography

Your Two Anniversary Outfits

At your anniversary session you’ll wear two outfits. It might seem like a job putting together two outfits for you and your husband, but trust me- you’ll thank me later! Two outfits will give you diversity in your gallery that coordinates perfectly.

Your first anniversary session outfit will be the fancy one. The ball gown or maxi dress or however fancy you want to get, and feel comfortable in! Some women feel great in that sequin ball gown and others opt for a more relaxed maxi length dress.

The second outfit will be a more casual one. Think business casual or higher on the dressy scale. This is usually a shorter dress rather than a full length one. For your man, it can be as simple as taking off his suit jacket for a more casual look.

Selecting Your Anniversary Session Attire

Choose Flattering Colors

This could mean something different for everyone. I wish I could give you a straight answer on what color to wear, but you know your body best! When I wear yellow it brings out the yellow in my skin and it makes me look sick. So in general I avoid the color for clothing and you definitely won’t catch me wearing that color in photos. I know women that look amazing in yellow, though!

There are colors, however that photograph better than others. Neon colors generally don’t look flattering and don’t photograph well either. Really bright pastels, although might not be considered neon, also don’t photograph great.

Neutral colors are great as are softer colors with dark accents such as navy or black.

Coordinating, not Matching

This is a tough one. You want to coordinate well, but not be overly matchy. Similarly, you want to coordinate with your level of fancy as I like to say. Don’t have your husband in jeans for his fancy outfit- it won’t match your gorgeous long dress!

When you are thinking about colors coordinating I promise you know more than you think. Would you wear Navy and black together in the same outfit? No! Then you won’t want your husband wearing navy if you’re in black.

Generally speaking, you’ll pick out your outfits before your husbands. That way you can see what the secondary color is on your dresses and coordinate your man accordingly!

The best example of this is a floral dress. They usually have lots of colors in them even if one color is just a little detail in each flower on the dress. That little detail? If it’s a flattering color on your husband that would be a great color shirt or tie for him to have! It will bring out the little bit of color from your dress. See what I did there?

Picking Patterns

Sometimes it can be difficult to know if patterns will photograph well or not. My number one rule with patterns it to be certain they are not overly distracting. If a pattern is very bold you’ll be better skipping it and finding something else.

Generally speaking, for men’s shirts smaller patterns photograph better, however be careful with checkered prints gingham which can be very distracting.

For women, larger more organic patterns photograph better and simply look more natural.

Patterns can be great for your anniversary session outfit, don’t get me wrong! Curious if a specific pattern will photograph well? Email me a photo and I’ll let you know!

Opposites Attract

If your dress has a pattern you might want a solid colored shirt for your husband, or vice versa. If you both have patterns ensure that they are not competing with one another. You want your outfits to be a wow factor, not a distraction so that’s the only part of the portrait that is focused on.

I recommend against both your outfits being ‘plain’ solids’. However, if you’re sold on outfits and you and your hubby will be sporting solid colors jazz up your outfit with another statement!

Jewelry & Accessories

Once again, you don’t want something being too distracting in your photos, but if you’re a fan of jewelry and accessories- incorporate them! This is another way to stay true to yourself in your photographs!

A statement piece of jewelry can make your outfit just a little more perfect! Not a jewelry person? Consider adding some cute layers with a scarf or wrap depending on the season.

You might also want to incorporate a non-clothing accessory to jazz up your anniversary session outfit! Get ideas on how to elevate your session here.

Be comfortable in your Anniversary Session Outfit

If you’re not comfortable in your outfit it will show. I’m so guilty of this! In the past I’ve bought a dress that is a little on the tight side thinking I’d for sure loose those 5 pounds before session day. Well, you know how that story ends. I wasn’t comfortable at all in the dress because it was just a little too tight and I couldn’t truly relax during that session.

That’s just the most obvious example. It’s also true if the outfit just doesn’t feel like something you would ordinarily wear. If you would never wear an elaborate ball gown, even to a evening attire event, you shouldn’t wear one for your anniversary session. It’s important to stay true to yourself. Your anniversary session outfit selection is a big part of that!

Another thing to note is seasonality. While we all want a certain look, if it’s Winter depending on the location you might need a coat. You can plan to layer so you can keep your coat open and cute, but wearing a coat and being comfortable in your photos will be so much better than ‘toughing it’ and being cold. When you’re cold you naturally tense up and cannot fully relax like you truly want to in your photos!

So, when planning your outfits for comfortability don’t forget to take the season and location into account.

Shopping Tips

Shop for your outfits during the same season

Have you ever seen The Devil Wears Prada? Ever since seeing that movie I imagine all the high ups in the fashion world arbitrarily choosing colors for the next season and then it trickling down through couture and finally reaching us mere mortals.

These colors that are chosen? They change every season. Without fail! Last Summer’s colors are way different than this Summer’s colors.

Because of that I recommend choosing your outfits from the same season. Sometimes there are two Summers of ‘pink’, but the pink may differ slightly and clash with one another. You for sure can coordinate colors from lots of seasons past, but you’ll make it much easier on yourself for color matching and coordination to purchase outfits during the same season.

Sometimes even purchasing from the same store can be a great idea!

Stores I Love to Shop

ASOS

Nordstroms

H&M

White House Black Market

J. Crew & J. Crew Factory

Compliment your Location

Lastly, but certainly not least having your anniversary session outfit compliment your location is an amazing way to bring the entire session together for a cohesive (and epic) look!

While it can be fun and bold to wear that elaborate ball gown in a field, you want to think about your surroundings and how the outfit will fit in. Definitely don’t have your outfit blend into the background, we want you to stand out, but consider the dressy scale I mentioned earlier.

Are we photographing your anniversary session at a European palace? You’ll want to be dressier than if we are photographing your session at a relaxed cafe.

Need help picking out the perfect Location for your Anniversary Session Outfit?

Look no further! I’ve created a free guide just for you outlining the perfect cities (AND specific locations in each city) for your anniversary session!

Just enter your name and email below and I’ll send it right over, friend!

Anniversary Session Outfit Guide | What to Wear | Alicia Yarrish Photography

Your Two Anniversary Outfits

At your anniversary session you’ll wear two outfits. It might seem like a job putting together two outfits for you and your husband, but trust me- you’ll thank me later! Two outfits will give you diversity in your gallery that coordinates perfectly.

Your first anniversary session outfit will be the fancy one. The ball gown or maxi dress or however fancy you want to get, and feel comfortable in! Some women feel great in that sequin ball gown and others opt for a more relaxed maxi length dress.

The second outfit will be a more casual one. Think business casual or higher on the dressy scale. This is usually a shorter dress rather than a full length one. For your man, it can be as simple as taking off his suit jacket for a more casual look.

Selecting Your Anniversary Session Attire

Choose Flattering Colors

This could mean something different for everyone. I wish I could give you a straight answer on what color to wear, but you know your body best! When I wear yellow it brings out the yellow in my skin and it makes me look sick. So in general I avoid the color for clothing and you definitely won’t catch me wearing that color in photos. I know women that look amazing in yellow, though!

There are colors, however that photograph better than others. Neon colors generally don’t look flattering and don’t photograph well either. Really bright pastels, although might not be considered neon, also don’t photograph great.

Neutral colors are great as are softer colors with dark accents such as navy or black.

Coordinating, not Matching

This is a tough one. You want to coordinate well, but not be overly matchy. Similarly, you want to coordinate with your level of fancy as I like to say. Don’t have your husband in jeans for his fancy outfit- it won’t match your gorgeous long dress!

When you are thinking about colors coordinating I promise you know more than you think. Would you wear Navy and black together in the same outfit? No! Then you won’t want your husband wearing navy if you’re in black.

Generally speaking, you’ll pick out your outfits before your husbands. That way you can see what the secondary color is on your dresses and coordinate your man accordingly!

The best example of this is a floral dress. They usually have lots of colors in them even if one color is just a little detail in each flower on the dress. That little detail? If it’s a flattering color on your husband that would be a great color shirt or tie for him to have! It will bring out the little bit of color from your dress. See what I did there?

Picking Patterns

Sometimes it can be difficult to know if patterns will photograph well or not. My number one rule with patterns it to be certain they are not overly distracting. If a pattern is very bold you’ll be better skipping it and finding something else.

Generally speaking, for men’s shirts smaller patterns photograph better, however be careful with checkered prints gingham which can be very distracting.

For women, larger more organic patterns photograph better and simply look more natural.

Patterns can be great for your anniversary session outfit, don’t get me wrong! Curious if a specific pattern will photograph well? Email me a photo and I’ll let you know!

Opposites Attract

If your dress has a pattern you might want a solid colored shirt for your husband, or vice versa. If you both have patterns ensure that they are not competing with one another. You want your outfits to be a wow factor, not a distraction so that’s the only part of the portrait that is focused on.

I recommend against both your outfits being ‘plain’ solids’. However, if you’re sold on outfits and you and your hubby will be sporting solid colors jazz up your outfit with another statement!

Jewelry & Accessories

Once again, you don’t want something being too distracting in your photos, but if you’re a fan of jewelry and accessories- incorporate them! This is another way to stay true to yourself in your photographs!

A statement piece of jewelry can make your outfit just a little more perfect! Not a jewelry person? Consider adding some cute layers with a scarf or wrap depending on the season.

You might also want to incorporate a non-clothing accessory to jazz up your anniversary session outfit! Get ideas on how to elevate your session here.

Be comfortable in your Anniversary Session Outfit

If you’re not comfortable in your outfit it will show. I’m so guilty of this! In the past I’ve bought a dress that is a little on the tight side thinking I’d for sure loose those 5 pounds before session day. Well, you know how that story ends. I wasn’t comfortable at all in the dress because it was just a little too tight and I couldn’t truly relax during that session.

That’s just the most obvious example. It’s also true if the outfit just doesn’t feel like something you would ordinarily wear. If you would never wear an elaborate ball gown, even to a evening attire event, you shouldn’t wear one for your anniversary session. It’s important to stay true to yourself. Your anniversary session outfit selection is a big part of that!

Another thing to note is seasonality. While we all want a certain look, if it’s Winter depending on the location you might need a coat. You can plan to layer so you can keep your coat open and cute, but wearing a coat and being comfortable in your photos will be so much better than ‘toughing it’ and being cold. When you’re cold you naturally tense up and cannot fully relax like you truly want to in your photos!

So, when planning your outfits for comfortability don’t forget to take the season and location into account.

Shopping Tips

Shop for your outfits during the same season

Have you ever seen The Devil Wears Prada? Ever since seeing that movie I imagine all the high ups in the fashion world arbitrarily choosing colors for the next season and then it trickling down through couture and finally reaching us mere mortals.

These colors that are chosen? They change every season. Without fail! Last Summer’s colors are way different than this Summer’s colors.

Because of that I recommend choosing your outfits from the same season. Sometimes there are two Summers of ‘pink’, but the pink may differ slightly and clash with one another. You for sure can coordinate colors from lots of seasons past, but you’ll make it much easier on yourself for color matching and coordination to purchase outfits during the same season.

Sometimes even purchasing from the same store can be a great idea!

Stores I Love to Shop

ASOS

Nordstroms

H&M

White House Black Market

J. Crew & J. Crew Factory

Compliment your Location

Lastly, but certainly not least having your anniversary session outfit compliment your location is an amazing way to bring the entire session together for a cohesive (and epic) look!

While it can be fun and bold to wear that elaborate ball gown in a field, you want to think about your surroundings and how the outfit will fit in. Definitely don’t have your outfit blend into the background, we want you to stand out, but consider the dressy scale I mentioned earlier.

Are we photographing your anniversary session at a European palace? You’ll want to be dressier than if we are photographing your session at a relaxed cafe.

Need help picking out the perfect Location for your Anniversary Session Outfit?

Look no further! I’ve created a free guide just for you outlining the perfect cities (AND specific locations in each city) for your anniversary session!

Just enter your name and email below and I’ll send it right over, friend!

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Comments

  1. Fran Jorgensen

    June 1st, 2018 at 10:46 pm

    Seriously lady! You have the best content on this blog! I love how much information you give! so many handy tips!

  2. Alicia Yarrish

    August 6th, 2018 at 11:31 am

    This made my laugh a bit, Fran- thanks so much! I truly appreciate it!

  3. Isabella Sarmiento

    June 2nd, 2018 at 2:33 am

    This is amazing advice! You can even suggest these for engagement sessions. I’ve always wanted to put something for my clients but just never had the time to. I probably will refer them to your article while mine isn’t up yet.

  4. Alicia Yarrish

    August 6th, 2018 at 11:31 am

    Thanks so much, Isabella! It does take time to put something together for couples, but so worth it. I’m working on adapting this to engagement session at the moment, actually!

  5. aubrey

    June 2nd, 2018 at 4:16 am

    These are some of the best tips!

  6. Alicia Yarrish

    August 6th, 2018 at 11:32 am

    Thanks so much, Aubrey!

  7. Jan Freire

    June 2nd, 2018 at 9:24 am

    Great article Alicia! I had to Pin it to my inso board. Thank You for this one!

  8. Alicia Yarrish

    August 6th, 2018 at 11:32 am

    Thanks for pinning, Jan!

  9. Courtney

    June 2nd, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    This is so good and a great reference for future clients!!

  10. Alicia Yarrish

    August 6th, 2018 at 11:32 am

    Yes yes yes! Thanks, Courtney!

  11. Meghan R

    June 2nd, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    I love the idea of having both a dress and a more casual outfit. And good advice to take your location into account!

  12. Alicia Yarrish

    August 6th, 2018 at 11:33 am

    For sure! You don’t want to look out of place in your photos- I think it’s something that’s easy to overlook when planning your anniversary session outfits.

  13. Sarah Holladay

    June 3rd, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    I love the idea for coordinating and not matching for anniversary session outfits! People always wonder how to get those “wow” portraits, and clothing is huge part of the experience!!

  14. Alicia Yarrish

    June 3rd, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    Could not agree more, Sarah! Thanks for chiming in 🙂

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