If I would have to guess the number one concern for having a beauty + boudoir portrait session, it would be what on earth do I wear?! (Right after the concern of oh my goodness I’m actually doing this! Eek!) If you’re anything like me, the last time you bought underwear was a 6 pack at Costco that may or may not have just included tan and white and gives you alllll the full coverage. Fear not, I am here to help.
First let’s get rid of a few myths you might have heard and/or believe about boudoir sessions.
You have to wear lacy, barely there, super sexy lingerie that gives you too many wedgies in too many places and you may lose an arm or leg just trying to get the darn thing on. FALSE.
You need to be fit as a fiddle to look or feel attractive in your own skin. FALSE.
You need to head to all the fancy pants stores, spend a bit too much $$$ to find what you need to wear for your session. FALSE.
Now that we’ve settled those matters, let’s get down to the nitty gritty. What DO you wear?! Before we dive in I think it’s completely fair that I give you a heads up on a little secret…
99% of women end up loving their fine art nude and/or tangled in the sheets I-have-nothing-on portraits more than any portraits wearing anything else they’ve brought. So if you'd rather not bring a single thing except yourself, feel free to disregard this entire blog post.
So without further ado…
Tried and true looks for your Beauty + Boudoir session.
THE OVERSIZED SWEATER
The oversized sweater is the toe dipping into the water, comfort and casual go-to for many clients. Paired with a cute pair of panties, this is both incredible versatile, shows off a beautiful collar bone, shoulders and really showcases your legs! You can find them absolutely anywhere and if you’re having a hard time finding one with a great off the shoulder fit, check out the men’s section in stores or in your hubby’s side of the closet!
THE BUTTON DOWN
The button down is another option with a bit more coverage and a whole lot of flexibility! Chiffon or other silky fabrics with a good drape hit all the right curves in all the right places and can be styled in quite a few ways!
THIS is a fun one! From showing off some gorgeous gams to slimming arms and tummies, this is a winner and a staple!
THE TANK TOP
I’d have to say the tank top is probably a top 3 favorite of mine. Casual, effortless and raw beauty is what comes to mind when clients bring in a black or white tank top as a part of their styling for their session. Black or white are good classics and can be found at almost any store. If you’re having a hard time finding one with a looser fit, this is another one you can find in the men’s section!
THE KIMONO OR SHEER ROBE
Oh my heart, this is my newest love for beauty + boudoir portraits. The flow, the way it lets light through, the swish and sway of the fabric when it moves… It’s a winner for ALL body types while giving a little bit of a glam vibe to your session!
The teddie is my #1 lingerie recommendation. From strappy to lacy, it flatters and photographs beautifully on every client! You can layer it up or not and whether you are WELL endowed or smaller chested, there’s one for everyone!
TIGHTS & STOCKINGS
For the extra vavavoom with a little bit of classic woman, sexy and sassy, bring some tights! You can wear them by themselves, throw them on under a sweater or button up, rock some heels or not. These are just FUN. You can bring along a garter and matching lingerie set but don’t think that these can’t be a showstopper all on their own!
So there you have it! Tried and true, simple, no fuss and easy ideas for your Beauty + Boudoir portrait session! Everything I have listed was intentional in that these ideas flatter every woman at every age and every size. With these suggestions, you can rock them or throw them out the window for the all inclusive birthday suit, either way you will look and feel like a rockstar mega babe.
All you have to worry about? Just doing the damn thing.