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lingerie for boudoir photo shoot

Boudoir photo shoots have boomed in popularity in the past decade. Traditionally something a woman might have done to gift to her partner, today women are increasingly booking boudoir shoots just for themselves. It’s a chance to dress up in your fanciest lingerie and pretend to be a model for a few hours – it’s fun, it’s pampering, and you get some gorgeous photos of yourself at the end of it. Plus maybe even a newfound level of self-confidence.

Once you’ve picked your boudoir shoot photographer, it’s time to choose the lingerie. There are a few other things to consider taking too, such as heels and props, but the lingerie will of course form the basis of your outfit. So don’t leave it to the last minute! You want time to find not just the perfect look but the perfect fit, so order with enough time that you can exchange sizes if needed.

There are all sorts of lingerie styles to choose from, from bra sets to basques to babydolls, but above all you want to pick pieces that make you feel like your most fabulous self. This is a chance to treat yourself to something really fancy – something that will both look great on camera and make you feel like a million dollars.

For the full-busted people among you, I’ve picked out six of the most glamorous Parfait bras as inspiration. From lace to satin to strapping details, here are some boudoir-perfect styles:

The Cora Unlined Longline Bra

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Cora Unlined Longline Bra | Cora Bikini in Navy Blue

With lashings of beautiful lace, petal-like layers at the base of each cup, and subtle satin trims, this bra is the epitome of elegance. The longline shape also makes it perfect for those wanting a little more coverage in front of the camera. I especially love the rich, navy blue colourway, but it also comes in a romantic crimson pink, and bridal-looking pale ecru and blush pink. 32-44 D-G cups.

The Lulu Underwire Bra

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Lulu Underwire Bra | Lulu Hipster in Scarlette

Although black is a perpetual lingerie drawer favourite, I would recommend going for a splash of colour when it comes to a boudoir photo shoot. The details of the lingerie will show up so much better. The swirly black lace here contrasts beautifully against the bright red cups of this bra in ‘Scarlette’, for an striking effect the camera will love. It also comes in a blend of purples and grey-on-black. 32-40 D-G cups.

The Briana Unlined Wire Bra

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Briana Unlined Wire Bra | Briana Highwaisted Brief in Black Floral

Just love black lingerie best and can’t be persuaded otherwise? This embroidered bra is a gorgeous compromise. Although mainly black, that just serves to make the pale embroidery on the cups really ‘pop’. Plus the strappy details are ultra-chic! Planning a bridal boudoir shoot? It also comes in a graceful white version. 32-44 D-H cups.


Related: 5 Reasons Why You Should Do A Boudoir Photo Shoot


The Mariela Unlined Wire Bra

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Mariela Unlined Wire Bra | Mariela Bikini in Nightshadow Blue

If the vibe you’re going for is luxury, it’s simply got to be this bra. The blend of satin and lace – left sheer on the upper cup – is beautiful, as are the finishing details such as the keyhole at the centre-front. I can’t decide which version of it I like more – this sultry black and midnight blue, or the mauve and lilac. 32-44 D-H cups.

The Sandrine Plunge Longline Bra

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Sandrine Plunge Longline Bra | Sandrine Hipster in Burgundy

Another longline option for those after either a touch more coverage or enhanced support, this bra is perfect for creating images that are a little flirty. It has a sexy plunge neckline, and the matching briefs are made entirely from sheer lace. Even better, it comes in a whole bunch of colours to suit your style. This deep burgundy is my personal favourite for creating glamour, but you could also choose bright pinkpale pinkivoryblack, or blue. 30-40 D-G cups.

The Marion Unlined Wire Bra

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Marion Unlined Wire Bra | Marion Hipster in Tango Red

Bring drama and passion to your boudoir photo shoot in this vibrant, lipstick red bra. It has fully-lace cups for a pretty touch, with a little keyhole and bow to separate them. I do however also love the light pink version, which would be perfect for a more retro vibe. It also comes in royal blue and black, both with the same light beige lining to best show off the lace’s pattern. 30-44 D-H cups.

Which of these bras would you love to wear for a boudoir photo shoot? Let me know in the comments below.


Related: What To Bring To Your First Boudoir Photo Shoot


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Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!


Featured image lingerie:
Briana Unlined Wire Bra | Briana Highwaisted Brief in Black Floral

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Estelle Puleston

Estelle Puleston is the founder of www.estylingerie.com, a blog dedicated to her love of lingerie. She works full-time as a copywriter and digital marketer for the lingerie and swimwear industry, and when she’s not doing that, she’s probably sewing or enjoying a good cup of tea.

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