Hi there gorgeous, are you wondering what to wear for your boudoir shoot? – congratulations, you came to the right place! It’s going to be an amazing experience, and one of the keys to success is bringing a proper wardrobe with you that not only is beautiful, but flatters your body as well. That’s why I created this lingerie guide just for you!
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As one of the best boudoir photographers in San Diego county I have photographed a wide array of lingerie types and styles. Some pieces of lingerie are much more sexy and will flatter you much better than others. This handy guide will help you pick the right lingerie to bring to your boudoir photo shoot.
A Note About Style There are many different styles of lingerie from innocent pieces that channel your inner Lolita to downright racy numbers. Your personal style and preference is very important to consider. If you aren’t comfortable donning latex and whips you won’t look comfortable in your pictures. While it’s important to think about the preferences of the person you are doing the pictures for, you shouldn’t sacrifice what works best for you.
There is a reason corsets have remained popular for so long. They are flattering on almost every body type. They accentuate your curves (or create them if you don’t have them). And also hide abdominal area, and it works great especially if you are a little concerned about this part of your body. Pick out a high quality corset with sturdy construction and steel boning. There are so many styles to choose from. Try a halter-top corset to really flatter your shoulders as well as your bust line. Under bust corsets worn with a separate bra are also a great option. They cinch your waist while allowing you to pair it with the perfect bra.
For curvy figures I recommend to shop at HIPS &CURVES for good quality corsets – Sexy plus size lingerie store for women with curves, Hips & Curves has it all. I totally recommend this shop for curvy girls. You can shop their beautiful collections here Hips & Curves Plus Size Corsets and Bustiers
Bustier A bustier is similar to a corset in coverage, but it has cups built in that give nice breast support. They don’t cinch the waist like corsets do, but there are some hybrid styles that combine a little waist cinching and breast lifting.
Bras A boudoir photo shoot is the perfect time to wear that decadent bra you wouldn’t wear on normal occasions. Lace and satin are good choices. Demi cup bras really show off cleavage. Choose a bra that has straps that won’t cut into your skin. If u don’t think it’s absolutely necessary, stay away from a push up bra, as they often make you look unnatural. Make sure the area near your armpit looks nice and smooth and you are not coming out of the cups. That makes it more flattering in camera.
While thongs seem like a good choice, they aren’t always particularly flattering. Lacy “cheeky” panties, Brazilian cut are a pretty option. Bikini styles are also good. Bring several pairs of panties in different colors so you will have a pair to match each of your outfits and to give you a lot of options.
Teddy A teddy is a garment that covers the torso and crotch in one garment. It is a similar style of garment to a one-piece swimsuit or bodysuit but is typically more sheer and definitely sexier. Beware of string teddies though – they don’t always flatter!
Bodysuit A close-fitting, one-piece stretch garment for women. They are considered clothing, but they are great for boudoir photography too!
Garter Belts, Garters & Thigh Highs A Garter Belt is a belt worn around the waist or hips with attached garters or fasteners to hold up stockings. Sometimes Garters are built into lingerie so a belt isn’t needed. The stockings they hold up are called Thigh Highs. Thigh high stockings can really up the sex appeal. There are two different types of Thigh Highs: Some have a rubber material on the inside to help them stay up.
THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO KNOW! If the stockings have the rubber inside, they are not meant for garters. Choose the type that needs a garter. The stay-up kind with silicone squeezes your leg and causes bulges that you won’t want. Garter belts look good on everyone. You can choose from colors that match your lingerie as well as different types like fishnet, lace and different patterns as well as solid or sheer. Try to find the widest band at the top of the leg that is available.
Once again this is the best place to buy hosiery, garter belts and garters for curvy girls Hips & Curves Plus Size Hosiery
Slips, bodysuits and Babydolls There are so many different slips and gowns available that you shouldn’t have a problem finding one that you really like. Pick a flaired A-line style if you have a curvy figure. Shorter girls look good with shorter length slips while taller girls can wear either long or short. Bodysuits are super sexy as well. I don’t recommend Babydolls as they do not photograph well and they usually do not flatter the figure, because there is too much fabric., it will only make you look heavier. But, if you are certain you can rock it, go for it.
Shapewear Shape wear is a type of tight-fitting underwear intended to control and shape the figure. There are many beautiful options out there these days. (not the ones that are meant to be hidden, but styles that flatter and are also pleasing to the eye.Hips & Curves Plus Size Shapewear
LBD For variety in your pictures bring your little black dress (LBD). Wearing one for a few shots will give you the option of getting glamorous pictures that aren’t so revealing so you can share them with friends and family.
Clothing is a fantastic option for boudoir! Think about a hot leather jacket, or ripped jeans and a sexy bra, or off the shoulder sweaters, or a sheer T-shirt, or his favorite jersey. There are so many options of clothing that can be just as sexy, if not sexier than lingeries. You can also mix the two. Try a beautiful bra with a full skirt, a tank top with lacy panties or high socks. Why not have fun and be creative?
Accessories and shoes Don’t forget the details.
Jewelry and subtle props can really make your images turn out great. Bring jewelry that he has given you. He will notice and love that you wore the piece for sexy pictures just for him. Masks are SEXY! It would be awesome if you bring a mask.
Don’t forget to bring shoes. High heels will finish the look and really give your boudoir pictures that magazine style look. Shoes with a slender heel that’s at least 2 inches high makes the calves appear sexier. Nude shoes that match your skin tone are a fantastic choice to make your legs look even longer. However, avoid shoes with ankle straps, a square toe, and chunky shoes, all of which make legs look wider. Please have at least one pair of black and one skin colored heel with you. No ankle straps please.
If you want to bring more shoes, fantastic! Just keep in mind, the higher the heel – the better! Also consider splashes of color if u are that type of person. Bright colors are great! Whatever you decide to wear make sure you try it on first in a full-length mirror. Wearing well fitting lingerie is very important. You might want to cut off any visible tags, especially on sheer lingerie. I will probably have safety pins but it’s a good idea to bring a couple yourself in case you need them.
Colors Most colors work really well in camera. Some that do not include fluorescent colors and sometimes red and turquoise. If you like red, look for a deeper red – something not too bright. Black is always classic and looks great on everyone.
Legs.Legs.Legs – lots of options… We all want long gorgeous legs. Here are a couple of tips for that! Look for high cut undies, teddies, bodysuits. The higher the leg opening the longer your legs will look.
Also bring a pair of skin colored shoes. That will make your legs look even longer than they are.
Need a lift? So you had a baby, or lost some weight, etc… and you may feel you need some lift in the breast department. I know most women are tempted to go straight for push up bras… but resist the urge. Before you try on push-ups, look for demi cup bras, or underwire bras that offer strong support without adding too much size. Good support is more important than padding any day. Just be really aware of how any bra fits and flatters.
Need a lift but don’t want to show too much skin? Bustiers and corsets are for you! They offer amazing support, a little more coverage while also flattering your shape.
Concerned about arms? Arms are sometimes a concern for women. Well, let’s ease that concern. Look for long sleeved body suits or throw a crisp white button down over some killer lingerie.
Shop! Here are some online lingerie shops we love that deliver great quality and fit:
HIPS &CURVES – Sexy plus size lingerie for women with curves, Hips & Curves has it all. Their gorgeous selection of lingerie includes pieces like sexy corsets and bustiers, hosiery, garter belts, decadent and provocative open cup bras, sexy shape wear and so much more. I totally recommend this shop for curvy girls. You can shop their beautiful collections here HipsandCurves.com
Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, Deje vu Love Boutique – local lingerie store in Vista.
Bringing the right lingerie that you know looks good on you will really help you feel confident and ready for your boudoir photo session. I also recommend bringing at least one outfit totally out of your comfort zone. You don’t have to wear it, but you just might want to! If you have any questions at all, just give me a call, I would LOVE to chat about this exciting experience and can’t wait to see you in my studio!
XOXO Photographically yours,
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