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How To Shop for a Boudoir Photoshoot

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.

Fit

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!

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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)!

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Features

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!

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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.

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Function

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.

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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

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Love Chantelle? Buy Any Two Bras, Get Free Tote

Chantelle has always been one our very favorite purveyors of lingerie.  We love their willingness to innovate as well as their dedication to classic silhouettes and styles.   Our philosophies are always the same; we here at Winks believe in well fitting, beautiful lingerie and Chantelle always provides us with just that.

Which is why we’re excited to promote the brand through a free gift with purchase program starting this weekend.   Now, whenever you buy two Chantelle bras or a full set at Forty Winks, we’ll give you a free Chantelle tote bag courtesy of the designers themselves.

Here are a few Chantelle pieces to pique your interest.  Hope to see you soon!

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Best Bras: Our 2013 Favorites

Many of these favorite are now on sale online and in store.

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Left to right, top to bottom:

1. Timpa
2. Chantelle
3. Beautiful Bottoms
4. Hopeless Lingerie
5. Chantelle
6. Mimi Holliday
7. Elle Macpherson Intimates
8. Huit
9. Cosabella
10. Calvin Klein
11. Elle Macpherson Intimates
12. Calvin Klein
13. Blush Lingerie
14. OnGossamer
15. Stella McCartney
16. Wacoal
17. Chantelle
18. Marlies Dekkers
19. Stella McCartney
20. Chantelle
21. Natori
22. Zinke
23. Natori
24. Eberjey
25. Huit

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Spring time is the Best time

 

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Lingerie lovelies

Untitled-1 copy1. Chantelle Paris Paris Push Up Bra and Tanga (shop online here)
2. Beautiful Bottoms Sunset Front Tie Bralet and Knicker (shop online here)
3. Beautiful Bottoms Tropic Padded Wired Bra and Knicker (ship online here)
4. Eberjey Delirious Bralet and French Panty (shop online here)
5. Chantelle Rive Gauche Push Up and Shorty (shop online here)
6. Eberjey Anouk Bralet and Culotte (shop online here)

 

 

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A few of our favorites…The Instagram edition

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, what better time to highlight some of our most beautiful pieces.

Plus we love instagramming everything in sight.

Enjoy!

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Four things to keep in mind when buying a t-shirt bra

 

Full disclosure:  This post was brought on by recent pictures of Miley Cyrus sporting a braless look under what is quite possibly the worst thing one could go braless while wearing,  a WHITE BURNOUT T-SHIRT.

While I’m all about freedom and white burnouts, I couldn’t help but mentally run through a list of bras that I KNOW would make her ensemble look better and save her the embarrassment of ending up on the Huffington Post with her boobs hanging out.

Clearly getting the perfect t-shirt bra can be a little bit tricky, so I’ve compiled a couple of tips to help you make this purchase with confidence.

1. Get the silhouette right

Like bodies, T-shirt bras are NOT created the same.  Certain silhouettes work better on certain bodies.   How firm or soft your breast tissue is, where your breasts are placed on your chest, and your torso length and size all factor into what style of bra fits you best.

Chantelle’s Rive Gauche T-shirt bra is an excellent choice for ladies who find that a straight across, demi silhouette  suits their body best.

LeMystere’s Linguine T-shirt bra works well for ladies with breasts set farther apart or who prefer a fuller coverage option with a deep V center.

2. Make sure you’re getting the right fit.

T-shirt bras take a lot of wear and tear.  When you’re trying on bras, be sure to hook your bra on the outermost hook and to adjust the straps to about half way on your back.  As the bra stretches you’ll be able to move your band in two times and to tighten your straps.

Read a more about fit here.

If you’re having a hard time figuring out what styles works best PLEASE ask the lingerie experts.  We are here to help.  We like to help.  Seriously.

3. Don’t be afraid of pretty t-shirt bras!

T-shirt bras don’t have to be boring and there’s nothing wrong with a bit of lace or detailing on a t-shirt bra as long as it lays flat underneath your t-shirts.

So, always check by trying on a t-shirt on over any potential purchases.  You may be pleasantly surprised and end up with a functional bra that’s also fun to wear.

Marie Jo L’Aventure TOM T-shirt Bra features detailing on the straps, but before you write it off, try it on with a shirt.  You’ll see that the detailing is totally invisible, leaving you with a t-shirt bra that makes you feel pretty.

Marlies Dekkers Dame de Paris Balcony Bra features sexy, strappy detailing that doesn’t show in the least underneath t-shirts.

4. Know when enough’s enough.

If your t-shirt bras take the brunt of your daily wear, they’ll need to be replaced more often.  If your band is on the inner most hook and your straps have been tightened the whole way,  it’s time to repurchase.   If your cup is gapping or pulling away from your body at the center gore it’s time to repurchase (and probably to be refit).

Again, don’t underestimate the power (and convenience) of having a lingerie lady jump into the fitting room with you.  You’ll feel more confident about your size and with making the investment.

And if you’re buying online, give us a call or shoot us an email with any questions or concerns you have.  We’ll work through the process with you and make sure you end up with the perfect t-shirt bra.

Miley, take note.

 

Looking for other suggestions?

Chantelle’s Pure Memory Foam T-shirt bra

OnGossamer’s Bump It Up bra

LeMystere’s Camille Soft Cup bra

 

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Red Carpet lingerie inspiration

 

 

Jessica Alba in Gucci

 

 

 

Elle Macpherson in Zac Posen

Jessica Biel in Ellie Saab

 

 

 

Charlize Theron in Dior

Chantelle Icone Shorty in Peony, $50.

 

Chantelle Icone Demi in Peony, $88.

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Reese Witherspoon in Zac Posen                                                                                Salma Hayek in Gucci

 

Mimi Holliday Bisou Bisou Bloom Padded Plunge, $86. … Mimi Holliday Bisou Bisou Bloom Bow Thong, $62.

 

 

 

Simone Perele Divine Demi Cup Plunge, $114…………………………………. Simone Perele Divine Bikini, $56.

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Sofia Vergara in Vera Wang

 

 

 

Freida Pinto in Prada

 

Chantelle Fascination Tanga in Linen, $38.

 

Chantelle Fascination Demi in Linen, $88.

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Maria Menounos                                                                                                   Paula Patton in Monique Lhuillier

 

 

Mimi Holliday Meringue Balcony Bra in Coral, $86… Mimi Holliday Meringue Classic Knicker in Coral, $62.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rejuvinating on Vinalhaven

It was a wild summer here at Forty Winks.

Along with our day-to-day duties, there was an engagement (Rachel) , a house purchase (Meredith), buying trips to NYC, weddings, babies, birthdays, family reunions…you name it, this  Summer brought it.

And while these happenings were happy, exciting and GOOD, a little bit of exhaustion crept in and it become glaringly obvious that we needed a real, live weekend away.

So we packed up two cute boys, two even cuter dogs, a bunch of food/beer/wine and headed for Vinalhaven, ME.

With absolutely no cell phone service (iPhone, you can’t haunt us here!) and Atlantic on all sides (yeah, it’s an island) Meredith and I were actually able to relax.  One morning I read on the deck for two hours.  TWO HOURS!

Never without lingerie on our brains, we started comparing the colors we were finding on our walks along the gorgeous shoreline with some of the pieces at Forty Winks right now.   Meredith, our resident photographer, was able to beautifully capture the subtle similarities between the colors and textures of the Maine coast with the stunning lingerie on our racks for Fall.

Enjoy!

 

 

Clo Intimo Fortuna Bralet, in Coral, $56.

Clo Intimo Fortuna Cheeky, in Coral, $38.

 

Marlies Dekkers Space Odyssey Balcony Bra, in Brown, $88.

Marlies Dekkers Space Odyssey Brazilian Short, $48.

 

Mimi Holliday Glace Super Plunge Push Up Bra, in White, $86.

Clo Intimo Fortuna Underwire Bra, in Nude, $52.

 

Chantelle Rive Gauche Demi, in Sapphire and Milk, $80.

 

Zinke Tulsa Bralet, in Lilac, $68.

Zinke Bright Lights Panty, in Lilac, $64.

 

Clo Intimo Fortuma Camisole, in Sage, $92.

 

Elle Macpherson Intimates Dentelle Contour Bra, in Jet/Green, $64.

 

Chantelle Rive Gauche T-Shirt Bra, in Sapphire, $76.

Chantelle Rive Gauche Shorty, in Sapphire, $34.

 

 

 

 

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Best of the Bras…Sale edition

Chantelle Spacer bra in Cobalt Blue

Original price $80….Sale price $60

Convertible, breathable, and  pretty much the perfect summer bra

 

 

Elle Macpherson Intimates Indigo Ray Bra

Original price $58….Sale price $42

An excellent fit with the perfect  Summer-to-Fall  pattern

 

 

Jenna Leigh Malawi Bra

Original price $96…Sale price $72

Lacey and silky and straight up sexy

 

 

Cosabella Never Say Never Push Up Bra

Original price $80…Sale price $60

One of our best sellers in one hot Summer color

 

 

 

 

 

 

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