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lingerie shopping for boudoir photos
My own personal experience is that shopping for clothes can be a painful and frustrating time. It’s hard to find something off the rack that fits or drapes correctly. I’ve eventually learned what cuts, fabrics and styles work for me. For both exterior clothes and also for lingerie.
In abstract form, lingerie shopping can seem scary and intimidating. Skip Victoria’s Secret at the mall. Small boutique shops are a better bet for customer service. Smaller shops sell a wide variety of lingerie lines and their salespeople that know which lines and what pieces will work best for you. Trust me, I know the temptation of “just” getting something cheap on amazon, but if you can indulge in something that will fit well and last.
With guidance from one of my favorite Boston lingerie experts, Rachel Wentworth of Forty Winks Lingerie Boutique, your boudoir session lingerie shopping guide.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. The folks that work at good lingerie store (i.e. not the mall) love to help style for a boudoir shoot. And you can also ask me! And I’m at least a decade in of photographing people in various stages of undress, so I feel good about guiding you through all the straps and cutouts.
HOW TO SHOP FOR LINGERIE FOR YOUR BOUDOIR SHOOT
Start with thinking about what you like, what suits your personality – be real about what you really want. This isn’t about fitting into some idealized mold of what anyone should wear.
Check out Pinterest (search boudoir shoot for lots of ideas) or lingerie websites to hone in on the vibe you want for your shoot. Rachel suggests Lonely Lingerie, Panache, Eberjey, Only Hearts, The Lingerie Addict, and Hopeless as some of the designers and websites that will starting giving you ideas for your shoot.
Lay out what you already have. Now figure out what else you need/want.
Narrow down what you want for your shoot into your short list. For example – maybe you already have a beautiful bra, but maybe you’d like a pair of high waisted underwear to go with it. Or you know you’d like a chemise or teddy.
This is important – What feels good on your skin?
Go try things on! This is imperative. Try on a bunch of things. Figure out what you like
and don’t like. Learn what works for your body and what doesn’t. Remind yourself that no one looks good in everything. This may take some time, be patient.
If you’re going to a small boutique, it can help to go in on a quiet weekday afternoon so that the people working can give you all the attention and help you need. If you don’t want a lot of help, let the salesperson know. On the other hand, if you want or need opinions just ask (!!!), most attendants have helped many a boudoir shopper and have a good idea of what to bring you. This can cut down on time and frustration.
Make sure things fit. Don’t pay attention to the size on the tag, the fit of the cut and style are more important
If you’re anxious, bring along someone you trust.
If you get frustrated, take a break.
AND – YOU CAN ALWAYS USE OUR STUDIO WARDROBE!
If you’re looking for lingerie shopping help for your upcoming boudoir shoot, our Boston boudoir photography studio can help you choose the best outfit.