Figuring out what to wear for your boudoir photography session can be one of the most difficult and nerve-wracking decisions. But it doesn’t have to be. I know many of my clients come to boudoir with body issues and they’re scared of what they will look like in front of the camera. Putting together an outfit that is comfortable, flattering and beautiful can give you that added boost of confidence to forget about any outer hang-ups and focus on your inner goddess!
Here are my tips for what to wear for your boudoir photography session:
What to wear for your boudoir photography session…if you’re small on top
Not all garments are created equal and when you’re smaller on top, you want to take advantage of that fact. Try going for a high neckline in a halter style when you’re looking for pieces to rock. This type of lingerie will emphasize your sultry shoulders and bring the attention up to your eyes.
Boost that booty with a fun and playful bodysuit that can highlight your ass-ets while turning up the sexy. Sheer and lace designs work great for this look. Bonus: A body suit also helps to elongate legs which is a plus for the petite ladies among us (myself included)!
One of the biggest things you can show off when you’re smaller on top is the detail work of the lingerie you’re wearing. Bralettes are a great way to do this because they come in so many beautiful shapes, designs and styles. Whether you’re going for lace, satin, applique or velour, there are so many great options for making this style truly your own.
What to wear for your boudoir photography session…if you’re heavier on top
For curvy and busty babes, shapewear is going to be your best friend when it comes to boudoir. Choose carefully, though. Not all shapewear is designed with your body type or outfit choices in mind. Something you might want to consider are a pair of Spanx. Yep, those Spanx. Not only are these a flattering addition to any woman’s wardrobe, but they can actually be worn under your lingerie to shape and smooth your curves.
The best part of dressing curves? Corsets! Corsets are one of the better known boudoir styles, and for good reason. This sexy garment helps create the perfect curvy silhouette. But the key to corsets is to make sure you get the perfect size. As a general rule, you’ll want to measure your natural waist and then select a corset that’s 7-10 inches smaller. Corsets are a great way to emphasize the girls – just make sure you’re lacing into the right size for the best look!
What else should you bring?
- Accessories. Complete your look with a strand of pearls, a pair of bright earrings or some fabulous rings. Think boudoir-friendly accessories and bring along thigh highs, a garter belt and maybe a sexy silk robe. You could even go outside the box and come outfitted with a hat or pair of gloves. Choose items that are meaningful to you and that make you feel sexy!
- Heels. Heels really are a girl’s best friend and they elevate, pun-intended, any boudoir shoot. Don’t worry if you can’t walk in them – you won’t have to! High heels can give you an added confidence boost and put you in a sexy frame of mind for your session.
- If this boudoir session is also a gift for your partner, it can be fun to incorporate something of theirs in your shoot. Bring along their favourite shirt, tie, jewelry or team jersey for some personal photos.
- And remember, it doesn’t have to just be lingerie. You can wear whatever you want for your boudoir photography session. I have done shoots with ladies wearing ballerina tulle skirts, sassy denim shorts paired with a crop top, and sexy off-the-shoulder sweaters.
Still not sure what to wear for your boudoir photography session?
That’s what I’m here for! Feel free to ask me for advice or run your ideas by me before our session. You can also seek out support and advice in our VIP Facebook Group. Post your outfit choices to the group and let the awesome women in there help choose your best boudoir look!
And always remember:
Whichever outfits or styles you choose, remember that it’s your confidence that shines through the brightest during your boudoir shoot. When you’re comfortable, and what you’re wearing is a representation of you, it gives you that much more sass and power.