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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.


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

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Best Bras: Our 2013 Favorites

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


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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Brighten up dull days…



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Wowsa!  The fact that I’m just getting to this post speaks to deep, deep pool of BUSY that Meredith and I have been swimming through lately.   New hires, buying trips, visiting families/friends/dogs, wedding planning and the occasional desire to do something summery and NON-work related, have kept me from this blog.  Big time.

So I know this is late in coming, but I really want you all to see some of the stunners that we saw whilst in NYC a week or so ago.   So pardon my tardy-for-the-party blogging and enjoy a teeny glimpse into SS13 lingerie.



Two of our very favorite bras from Elle Macpherson Intimates in color we can really get behind.


Variations on classic styles

All of us here at Winks are a little bit giddy over the fact that our favorite Marlies Dekkers bra is coming in this coral lace colorway.


New jammies

You asked for them!  Cotton and flannel PJ sets from adorbs line Three J Pajamas will hit our racks within the next month or so…


PRINTS to swim in!

This chevron print from Zinke Swim is will arrive in February…just in time for your “I can’t take this weather anymore” vacation.


Taking bralets to another level

My fave long-line, soft cup bra from Fortnight in grown up Easter egg colors.


We’ll be posting more as the week goes on…but for now, we hope you like what you see.  Get excited.




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Spring Lingerie: Elle Macpherson Initimates


How much do we love  Spring from Elle Macpherson?!

We love it a lot.

You will too!


The always amazing Cloud Swing Contour bra in Eclipse Blue ($68)…


…and the Underwire (unlined) version of Cloud Swing ($68)


Gentle Jade Chemise in Vintage Cream ($98)

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Perfect for your BFF

Gifts for your best friend can be tricky.

They need to be perfect.  They need to be intimate. And they can’t be the same thing that you bought her last year.

Enter the following bras.

At an excellent price point, these little lovelies are everyday wearable and all totally original gifts for your best girl.


With its wide size range (30 bands and large cups!) Claudette’s Dessous is perfect for all shapes and sizes.

Plus the see-through black mesh is pretty hot.

Claudette Dessous Mesh Bra ($56)

Demi cups give a subtle lift without a lot of padding.

A happy medium!

Elle MacPherson Intimate Lux Noir Contour Bra ($68)

A bestseller here at Forty Winks, the OG Bump it Up is the perfect t-shirt bra.

You can twist the center for more or less cleavage too!

OnGossamer Bump it up (46)

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Lingerie in the Fairground

I’m loving Vanity Fair’s Fairground so so much this month.

(Oh hello strapless jumpsuit coming down the stairs)

I’m thrilled by how some of these ladies have incorporated lingerie into their looks while still looking sophisticated and classy.  It’s a look that’s easy to try and so much fun to wear.

Personally, I’m quite smitten with the sweetly see-through cream top and highwaisted trouser look worn by Bianca Brandolini D’Adda.

Must replicate!

And if you’d like to replicate, we recommend the following bras for your lingerie looks.

Maison Close Villa Cancan Bustier in Noir


Elle Macpherson Lux Noir Contour Bra in Bronze/Jet


Huit Mrs. Wang Soft Cup Bra in Opium


Perhaps the most perfectly wearable piece of lingerie for underneath sheer tops is the Angie long line bra from Fortnight, a Canadian line arriving soon at Forty Winks.  Stay tuned!

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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.




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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Happy Sunday

Due to its ability to elicited both terror and full on glee in me, the Zipper was always my favorite ride as a kid.

And while the ones I rode at the Blue Hill Fair didn’t look quite as ethereal as this (understatement of the year), I can’t help but feel a little nostalgic looking at this shot…

What was your favorite fair ride?


Via Pinterest (My Style Pinboard by Kristina Miletieva)


On a side note…

The whimsical colors remind me of our newest addition from  Elle Macpherson Intimates…the Dentelle Contour.

This newbie is just as pretty as the Dentelle Underwire, but with a light lining for coverage and a little push up.

Available here




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