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what to wear for a boudoir photo shoot

You’ve mustered up some much-needed courage, found the right photographer, and set the date: with your boudoir photo shoot all set to go, now it’s time to consider your wardrobe. Picking out what you’re going to wear can be half the fun — but it can also be a daunting task when you know these are photos you or your S.O. will likely have forever. Are you supposed to stick with just a bra and panties? Or are you allowed to cover up a bit more? What about accessories?

Don’t stress. In this guide, we’ve outlined some ideas for selecting your boudoir photo shoot attire.

Identify a theme

When you imagine your dream photos, do they have a vintage pin-up vibe? Hollywood glam? Playful girl-next-door? Is the overall look you’re going for sporty, sweet, sultry or sophisticated? Thinking through the theme and the vibe you’re trying to establish is a crucial first step in choosing your lingerie.

For example, a red and black satin padded bra with a matching high-waist brief panty, and thigh-highs works perfectly if you’re trying to strike a retro starlet look. Conversely, an unlined wire bra in vibrant lapis blue with floral lace, a satin bow and a jewel along with a matching hipster strike a note of modern elegance, particularly if paired with nude pumps. If this is a wedding present, you may choose to embrace the bridal theme, opting for a veil, some pearl earrings and a scalloped lace underwire bralette in pearl white — or, if you’re seeking more coverage, an ultra-feminine unlined wire babydoll in pearl white.

Shop smart

Before you go busting out your wallet, shop your own closet — it can be helpful to use something you’ve already worn, as you’re likely to feel super comfortable in it. Seek out the pieces that best reflect your personal style, and most importantly, give you a serious dose of confidence.

Once you’ve assessed your own collection, it’s time to treat yourself to some exciting new pieces. Keep in mind that most photographers will allow for at least one wardrobe change for certain packages, so you’ll want to have some options to pick from on the day of the shoot. Also, it can be helpful to bring a close girlfriend on your hunt for unmentionables. She’ll be able to give you a second opinion on what’s most flattering on your figure while also taking some of the stress out of the experience with some confidence-boosting compliments and lots of laughter.


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


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Make it personal

Are these photos a gift? Then consider bringing along something of your significant other’s to add a personal touch to the shoot. You might slip on one of his ties, a baseball hat or even a jersey from his favorite sports team (which just so happens to look sexy with a pair of boyshorts). A button-down shirt looks impossibly seductive, particularly when worn at least slightly unbuttoned over a lacy bra and panty set. You could also include a meaningful gift, such as a bracelet he bought you on that vacation in Cannes or a silk robe he gave you for your last anniversary.

Get creative with coverage

A bra and panties are not your only option for a boudoir photo shoot. In fact, you might be surprised at just how smoldering a sheer top, off-the-shoulder sweater or a simple tank looks with a pair of panties when you’re in the right pose. A cardigan that’s unbuttoned to reveal the top of a bra has a ladylike but come-hither vibe (not to mention it draws the eye right to your cleavage). Even an open trench coat or a fur can add some visual intrigue to your lingerie set.


Related: Preparing For A Boudoir Photo Shoot


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Surely, the right outfits can make or break your boudoir photo shoot — but what’s right depends on your own personal preferences, comfort level and desired look. Choose pieces that you feel self-assured and sexy, no matter what they are, and you’re sure to snag some winning shots.


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Rebecca Strong

Rebecca is a Boston-based freelance writer who focuses on style, fitness, food, and travel. She has contributed to such publications as HuffPost, Elite Daily and U.S. News & World Report. When she's not writing, she can be found at home or in the studio working on the songs for her upcoming album. Her favorite bra is a black demi-cup style with all-over-lace — timeless and feminine.

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