Here at Forty Winks, we tip our hats to customers who are prepping for boudoir sessions. Whether as a gift for your main squeeze, an artistic venture, an effort to explore a different side of yourself… we applaud your inspiration to “bare it all” and pose in our very favorite attire: lingerie!
When it comes to choosing what to wear for your boudoir session, we recommend focusing on the three “f’s”: Fit, Features, & Function.
We cannot stress enough the importance of a good fit when shopping for lingerie at anytime, but especially when it comes to boudoir shopping. Yes, your photographer can smooth out lines and improve on little imperfections… but in order to highlight and celebrate the most beautiful parts of your body, well-fitting lingerie is key.
We love the Chantelle Opera collection for a stellar fit. The push-up bra (coming soon in black & gold!) is fantastic for smaller and larger cup sizes alike, to add that extra “vavoom” to an ultra sexy look. The Opera Demi Bra is recommended for fuller breasts because of the support it gives, and the naturally round shape it helps create. Also, the sheer lace of the cup is fun for showing more of what is underneath your bra (wink, wink)! The Opera Waist Cincher is a great option for smoothing out your tummy and elongating your torso. As for the matching undies, the Opera Shorty… they are gorgeous and flattering beyond words, so take a look!
Making sure your bottoms fit well can be just as important as how your bra fits. Many women are the most worried about how their mid-section will look in boudoir photography sessions (hey, shapewear exists for a reason!). Our answer: instead of hiding your midsection, make it look awesome!!! High-waisted briefs are a great choice for creating a pin-up look and are flattering on many different body types! Most high-waisted briefs are stretchy all over and don’t dig in to your hips. Our favorite high-waisted bottoms is the Huit Arpege Brief, it’s show-stoppingly gorgeous on its own, with the Huit Arpege Padded Bustier, or your personal favorite LBB (little black bra)!
A great boudoir photographer will take shots that show your whole body and also zoom in on all our best angles. This is where you have the opportunity to show off the details in your beautiful lingerie! Look closely at the stitching, material, and at the edges of lingerie as you shop… keep an eye out for lace patterns you like, deckled edges, sheer fabric, and decorative hardare.
We love the Clo Intimo Fortuna Slip from every angle! The lace has a unique pattern with beautiful dimension. The racerback design highlights your shoulder blades and the sheer fabric of the skirt shows the outline of your legs ever so slightly. The bust has enough elastic to give a bit of lift to your breasts, and the front slit lends itself to fantastic boudoir poses!
The Elle MacPherson Dentelle collection is another great choice for giving your photographer the opportunity to zoom in on your best features, framed by gorgeous lace – what could be better than that? The Cameo is especially beautiful for a bridal-themed shoot and looks great on all skin tones. The Black/Pewter set looks fantastic with our favorite stay ups by Vienne Milano, available in store.
Why buy lingerie for a boudoir shoot that you’ll never wear again? Gossard’s Retrolution Slip is the perfect combination of drop-dead sexy and totally useful! With a built-in underwire bra and comfortable shaping fabric through the body, this piece supports and smooths your figure in all the right places! Not to mention that the lace and other details are absolutely beautiful. The garter clips are removable, so you can wear this to dress up at home, or under a cocktail dress for a fancy event! If you are attaching thigh highs, we recommend Maison Close hold-up tights. The Sheer Back Seamed Stockings are especially sexy.
Enjoy your upcoming boudoir session!!!
Looking for a photographer? Here are links to some boudoir photographers we love in the Boston area:
Annika Roser, Ma Cherie Studios
Katherine Henry, Katherine Henry Boudoir
Felix Rust, Felix and Sara Photographers