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What to wear for a boudoir photoshoot?

What should you wear to your boudoir photoshoot?

It seems like such a straightforward answer… If you know what boudoir photography is you’d just assume lingerie or something that looks sexy. Well, this is one of the most common questions in boudoir!!

There are SO many variables that go into picking out what to wear to a boudoir session. There can be so many things to consider like location, styling, comfort, outfit changes, and finding what works best for you.

Most of us will debate what to wear to a party even though we’ve been to many similar parties before. If that is hard to make up your mind about then doing something completely new like a boudoir shoot should be even more challenging!

So let me ease your mind!

To start, there is no right or wrong answer. You can wear anything you’d like!

Outfits that would suit the bedroom would be most fitting, something that doesn’t cover you up like the funky onesie you may wear to bed every night. But hey, this is a judgment-free zone, and if that’s what you are vibing with then we can try and make it sexy!

All jokes aside, I am going to give you as much info as I can here so that you can go into your session feeling well-prepared and happy with your decision.

How do I plan what to wear for my boudoir shoot?

Firstly, consider your location! What is the scene like? Is it outdoors or indoors? What do you feel would suit best in that setting? For example, you probably won’t want to wear your platform heels to the beach and a bathing suit may not be your first choice for a studio session, but at the end of the day, you can do whatever you please!

It is important that you feel good, comfortable, and confident in what you wear for a boudoir session so bringing your own attire is always your best option. Even if your photographer offers a client wardrobe like I do, there is no guarantee you’ll love anything. I mainly have one just as a backup option!

Color also plays an important role in the style of your shoot! Keep in mind that neons can sometimes give off a stripper look, this can be a positive or negative depending on your preference. Neutrals and pastels are always a safe choice!!

Make sure you try on everything before your session so you know it fits well. If it fits too tight or too loose it will show in the photos. Tags can sometimes be hard to hide so you may need to cut some off beforehand as well if you notice that they stick out!

You are more than welcome to add extra padding to your tops if that would make you feel more confident. I have no shame in needing a little extra support!

I have said it many times, there is no shame in overpacking! If you are ever unsure of your options, just pack everything you’re considering using and go over it all in person with your photographer.

For any information on how to prepare and arrive for your session, check out this blog!

Outfit ideas for a boudoir session!

To make things easier I thought I’d make a list of different attire options that might spark some ideas for you. If you are unsure of what anything is, googling it with the word “lingerie” at the end might help!

  • Matching lingerie set (Bra and panties)
  • Corsets or bustiers
  • Bodysuits or teddies
  • Shape-wear
  • Babydolls or chemises
  • Silk or lace robe
  • Matching pajama set
  • Babydolls or chemises
  • Stockings with a garter belt
  • Vintage inspired lingerie
  • Crop tops and panties
  • Oversized button ups or sweaters
  • Leather or PVC lingerie
  • Fantasy-themed lingerie (e.g., pin-up, maid, fairy, nurse, etc.)
  • Statement bra
  • High-waisted panties or briefs
  • Covering up with a sheet of fabric
  • White see-through when wet attire
  • Sheer or lace dress
  • Chain lingerie with diamonds
  • Stick on body jewelry or paint
  • Nipple pasties
  • Bridal lingerie
  • Topless with a jacket
  • Sports jersey or something with meaning
  • Wearing something of your loved ones

Don’t forget about accessories!

You are welcome to dress up your outfit or keep it simple. Any accessories you use can also be used as props. For example, if you don’t know what to do with your hands, play with your necklace! You can go barefoot, wear knee-high socks, bring stilettos, or even wear combat boots and all of them will bring a completely different vibe to your photos.

Where should I purchase lingerie?

Although Shein and Amazon can be a great place to find something cheap you need to make sure your order will arrive in time for your session. Keep in mind you might need to make returns and change sizes. Always read each company’s return policy before purchasing anything online.

If you are local to Australia and want to online shop for lingerie I recommend checking out Honey Birdette, a lingerie shop located in Melbourne, Victoria. You can check out their return policy here!

If you have the option to shop in person I highly suggest doing so. You’ll be able to get assistance if you need help finding something and if you are unsure of your correct size they can help sort it out for you!

As basic as it is, and maybe it’s just because I grew up in America… I have always loved Victoria’s Secret! Their bras have always given me the best support in the most flattering way and they sell options of lingerie. You can also check out local adult shops if you feel comfortable to, they usually always sell lingerie as well.

If you’d like to read more about what to wear for your boudoir shoot, check out this article by Shotkit.

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