What to Wear for Engagement Photos

Kate Spade/Nordstrom, $238 (sold out - similar skirt)

Pros: Quite possibly the prettiest print I've ever seen.
Cons: Love it for photos but not sure I want to invest in this dress long-term.

Ann Taylor, $45 (sold out - similar, similar)

Pros: Classic silhouette that will never go out of style.
Cons: I may be fidgeting with the collar and buttons during photos.

Elie Tahari dress c/o ShopStyle

Pros: Love the bright colors, and my fiance loves it.
Cons: This one is a lot more trendy than classic.

Note: I won't be wearing sunglasses or a purse in the actual photos.

My tips for engagement photos: 

  • Take a "test photo" of what you plan to wear (just like I'm sharing today). You might be surprised at how different things look in a photo versus real life. Better to find out now than be surprised later.
  • The ultimate rule: wear whatever makes YOU feel fabulous. Don't wear anything you feel uncomfortable in - your feelings towards your outfit will show in the photos!
  • For the most part solid, bright colors and a more fitted silhouette looks best on camera. But only go that route if your outfit passes the two tests above.
  • Nothing is too casual or too fancy. A tuxedo and sequin dress = win. Both barefoot in t-shirts = win. It's totally up to you, and the vibe you are going for.
  • How closely you want to match your fiance is really up to you. More so than matching colors, however, I recommend matching occasion/theme. So if you are going for a country theme, cocktail attire or something really preppy, then make sure your fiance does the same.
  • Don't forget the manicure for the inevitable close-up shot of your engagement ring!
  • Don't feel the need to buy something new. A tried and true classic that you always feel great in just might be the best option out there. 

Today's Everyday Fashion: eBay's Designer Collective

Elie Tahari Holly Dress
Elie Tahari Holly Dress on J's Everyday Fashion
J's Everyday Fashion

Elie Tahari dress c/o ShopStyle

After almost a decade of shopping on a budget, I've learned that sometimes investing in a designer brand really pays off. The quality is impeccable, and you will always get more out of a clothing item that you truly love, versus something you buy just because it's inexpensive. Thanks to eBay's new Designer Collective - you can now shop all your favorite designers in one place. Sort by brand, by occasion, or by sale items. Discover new brands to love, and find 20-70% off savings (that sweet spot of both buying what you really love, and saving money!). Items ship directly from the brands, new in-season items are added daily, and there's always free shipping and guaranteed returns.

There are so many amazing choices within the Designer Collective, but I choose this Elie Tahari dress at 40% off, and I was giddy when it arrived. The color and fabric is even prettier in person, and this is the kind of dress that I can wear absolutely anywhere. It will take me day to night: to a TV appearance, to meetings, to a night out. I added bright accessories today, but a nude shoe and minimal jewelry would work just as well. I put together some more Designer Collective favorites below. Which designer brands are your favorite to shop?

eBay's Designer Collective

Nicole Miller  /  Raoul  /  Elie Tahari  /  Calvin Klein
Nicole Miller / Badgley Mischka / Calvin Klein  / Calvin Klein Nicole Miller
Cynthia Vincent / Cynthia VincentCynthia Vincent / Cynthia Vincent / Elie Tahari

This post is sponsored by ShopStyle and eBay's Designer Collective. All opinions and editorial decisions are my own. Thanks for reading!

Today's Everyday Fashion: So Casual

Inspiration: LOFT

Inspiration: LOFT

Casual outfit with cobalt shorts

Inspired by a catalog photo, I put together an outfit using old pieces in my closet. I wanted just a touch of red to mimic the (adorable) clutch in the photo, so I added a second necklace. I'm showing it with and without so you can decide which one works better for you. Casual, comfy but still pulled together - this look is one way to beat the summer heat in style!

Top: MJR Sales c/o (similar, similar, similar)
Shorts: Gap, $28 (similar, similar)
Sandals: Nine West/DSW, $60
Clutch: Gap, $12 (similar, similar)
Necklaces: My Stella & Dot One, Two
Earrings: My Stella & Dot
Approx. dates: Top and shoes are 3 years ago. Shorts and clutch are 2 years ago.

Cognac sandals under $100