WHAT SHOULD I WEAR | St. Louis Boudoir Photographer

May 27, 2018 / Uncategorized

I get this question from every woman that has ever booked with me: “What Should I Wear To My Boudoir Shoot?” Let me start by saying that a Boudoir Experience is an amazing experience. One of the keys to success is bringing a proper wardrobe with you that not only is beautiful, but flatters your body as well.  The studio also has a Borrow Closet (just in case) and it’s growing fast.




There are so many different options out there for sexy bra/panty sets out there. When shopping for these, proper fit is extremely important. Be careful of push up bras as they often make you look unnatural. Make sure the area near your armpit looks nice and smooth and you are not coming out of the cups. That makes it more flattering in camera.


Corsets are meant to cinch your waist and give you killer curves. They usually have ties in the back that help create your shape. You should know, these are not my favorite pieces. They restrict your movement so much, which in turn restricts poses. They are hard to put on, but don’t worry – If you bring one I can help you!


A bustier is similar to a corset in coverage, but it has cups built in that give nice breast support. They don’t normally cinch the waist like corsets do, but there are some hybrid styles out there that combine a little waist cinching and breast lifting.


A teddy is a garment that covers the torso and crotch in one garment. It is a similar style of garment to a one-piece swimsuit or bodysuit but is typically more sheer and definitely sexier.


A close-fitting, one-piece stretch garment for women. They are considered clothing, but they are great boudoir too!


A babydoll is a short, sleeveless, loose-fitting nightgown. It sometimes has formed cups called a bralette for cleavage with an attached, loose-fitting skirt falling, in length, usually between the upper thigh and the belly button. This is my least favorite option. They do not photograph flattering at all.


A Garter Belt is a belt worn around the waist or hips with attached garters or fasteners to hold up stockings. Sometimes Garters are built into lingerie so a belt isn’t needed. The stockings they hold up are called Thigh Highs (because they pull up to the thigh). There are two different types of thigh highs: Some have a rubber material on the inside to help them stay up. This is REALLY important to know. If the stockings have the rubber inside they are NOT meant for garters. They are meant to be worn without them. The rubber allows them to stay up on their own. If you try to pair these stocking with garters, they are very hard to attach because of the thickness of them. Stockings without the rubber are much more desirable for garters. There is an art to attaching the stockings. Again, don’t worry, I can easily help you and teach you how it’s done.


Shapewear is a type of tight-fitting underwear intended to control and shape the figure. There are many beautiful options out there these days. (Not the ones that are meant to be hidden, but styles that flatter and are also pleasing to the eye). SLIP Think of them as dresses that are meant to be worn under a dress, often with cups built in for support. Some slips can fit into the shape wear category but many do not.


Clothing is a fantastic option for boudoir! It might sound counterintuitive but think about a hot leather jacket; or ripped jeans and a sexy bra; or off the shoulder sweaters; or a sheer T-shirt. There are so many options for clothing that can be just as sexy, if not sexier than lingerie. You can also mix the two. Try a beautiful bra with a full skirt, a tank top with a lacy thong or high socks. Why not have fun and be creative?!


Don’t Forget the Accessories!

SHOES Please bring at least one pair of black and one skin colored heel with you. No ankle straps please. If you want to bring more shoes, fantastic!! Just keep in mind, the higher the heel – the better!!

JEWELRY Feel free to bring any jewelry you might want to wear. I can help you choose what looks nice with your outfit and what will flatter depending on the poses that we are going to work with.

PROPS If you want to bring a prop or two to show off your interests and personality, that’s great. Just be careful that it doesn’t get too costume like. Less is always more.

COLORS Most colors work really well in camera. Some that do not include fluorescent colors and sometimes red and turquoise. If you like red, look for a deeper red – something not too bright. Black is always classic and looks great on everyone.

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