BOUDOIR WARDROBE SELECTION GUIDE
Updated: Feb 21, 2020
1.DON’T CHASE TRENDS IF YOU DON’T LIKE THEM.
Pressure to select pieces that feel trendy or don't match your personality can often lead to people picking pieces that don't fit them well in personality or body type. Your style is the most important thing in the shoot, don’t pick things you don’t really like to try to fit in with a stylistic fad. Be true to what you love and I will help you highlight that in your images.
2. GET VARIETY
Pick out several outfits to bring and we can go over them on the day of the shoot where I can guide you towards the pieces that will fit the style that we are working with. We will use one outfit per 15 minutes of shooting time (nude counts as an outfit). That’s four outfits for the default session.
3. CHECK FOR TAGS
Clothing tags may be easily missed on shoot day. I am usually very good about catching hanging tags during shooting but if it slips through, there are situations where it cannot be edited out (e.g. complicated back tattoo). Consider removing these from your outfits or securing them to the inside of the piece.
4. DON’T BE SCARED OF COLOR
It's very common for clients to feel that they have to bring all black lingerie to their shoots, which removes some of the character that colorful pieces can offer. Black outfits are completely acceptable, but don't shy away from color to add a pop of energy and personality into your outfit.
5. GRAB A PAIR OF HIGH HEELS
High heels force a posture that will shine in boudoir. These also bring interesting shots with focus on shoes (so make sure that you love them!) and dynamism and personality to the shoot. They aren’t required, but if you have a set of red bottoms that you want to show off, bring ‘em on!
6. NEW/BARELY USED IS BEST
That new feeling will help you enter an uncomfortable space feeling fresh. Also, you are preserving this look forever in a keepsake that you will look at in 30 years - you want to make sure this experience is tied to the outfit that isn't one that looks beat up. Let the outfit be new and part of the experience.
7. PUSH-UP BRAS ARE OK
If ever there was a time for more support it is during a boudoir session. Push-up bras add visual power to almost every pose and will have your chest looking its best. They are not a requirement, but worth your consideration.
8. USE HANGERS AND BAGS
We want the outfit to look as pristine as possible. Bring your clothing to the shoot on hangers and using bags over them to help them stay pristine and prevents any annoying detail from finding its way into the photos.
9. IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE LINGERIE
Lingerie is a natural choice for boudoir. However, it isn't the only option for boudoir. Simple outfits such as a button down shirt and panties can be equally as powerful as lingerie. Find some piece with emotional value or that displays your personality. A tank top and a flowy skirt? Awesome! A crop top with thigh-high fishnets? Fantastic!
10. BRING A HANDFUL OF BRAS/PANTIES
Having simple and complex bras and panties will offer the most flexibility. These can be paired together or with any other outfit so that they can add some spice to outfits with a small change. Having a small grab bag of these will allow you to add some color or texture to outfits with little hassle.
11. TRY ON YOUR OUTFITS
Loose lingerie or lingerie that is too tight does not lend to making your feel or looking as sexy as you can. The perfect-fitting outfit will highlight your curves and not add detriment to them by creating creases in skin or hanging off of you, especially once you get into some more involved poses. You don’t want to find out that your outfit doesn’t fit or has a loose section on the day of the shoot, so try it on!
12. TRUST YOUR GUT
Find items that naturally draw you to them. Sessions are about YOU. Be honest with what you want. You will feel twice as good on the shoot day when you honestly like your outfit. You want to let your personality shine here, so being honest with what you like is the best first step in that process.
Here is a great article from fixthephoto.com for inspiration: Boudoir Wardrobe Guide