21 BOUDOIR OUTFIT IDEAS
This guide is to help you with outfit ideas for your shoot (some stuff you might already have in your closet!). I’ve included some ‘standard’ boudoir outfits but also non-traditional ones. My best advice is to bring outfits you LOVE and reflect your style.
1. Bra + Panty Sets
There are TONS of different kinds but I recommend an actual matching set. Mismatched items don’t photograph well.
Padded Bras vs. Non-padded:
Padded makes ‘the girls’ look perkier and/or voluptuous, BUT If you don’t need enhancement, ditch it. Padded bras can photograph as wonky or stiff and can make you look bigger.
I suggest staying away from ‘functional’ brief styles. Cheeky, thong, etc., or ones that have high cut legs are going to photograph better.
wait!! ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR BELLY?
Avoid bra + panty sets altogether if you have belly concerns (maybe because of pooch or stretch marks). There are SOOO many other options to consider (and yes you can totally shoot nude even if you hate your mid-section!). MOST panties are not built to flatter a belly. They often will create a ‘band’ and make your belly look bigger! Scroll below for other options besides this one IF that’s the case…
2. Teddies + Body Suits
Teddies and Body Suits have a lot of crossover now between stretchy, full cotton, lace etc. Some have support built in, some don’t. If you really feel you need support, then get one with cups, but I’d suggest staying away from padded bras (they just add bulk, and not in a good way).
3. Robes, kimonos + beach cover-ups (transparent)
There are silk and lace robes that are on lingerie sites, but another great idea are beach cover-ups. Anything that is transparent will look better for boudoir.
4. Your Partner’s Shirt
VERY popular choice—can range from a work shirt, military or civil service uniform. Often times the shirt is wayyyy to big so I’ll use clips to keep your curves intact and that way your’re not wearing a tent. 🙂
5. tees + tanks
Looks best with no bra. For the ‘under boob’ look, cut the shirt a few inches below the nipple. Please plan accordingly for panties to match your tee/tank or a complimentary color.
Cardigans look great with either simple bra/panty set (or just nude). Oversized, off the shoulder sweaters (should have a big neck that can easily hang) also look good paired with thigh-high socks for a ‘winter’ look. Solid colors are best. Stay away from crewneck or turtleneck pullover sweaters.
One of the simplest and sexiest outfits. Just wear with a bra or without! Other alternatives: leather pants, jean shorts.
8. heels + boots
Shoes and boots with a high skinny heel can really add to a shot. In my studio however, I don’t make clients wear them the entire time. I know they can be uncomfortable so we’ll usually get shoe shots out of the way and then they can come off. Avoid square chunky heels or low ‘granny’ style heels. It’s better to just be barefoot than to wear those types of shoes.
want to make your legs look longer ?
Get nude heels. They also go with pretty much anything.
9. tulle skirts*
If you booked your session with a tulle skirt upgrade, then any of our skirts can be added to your session for one of your sets. Most of the skirts have an elastic waist so as to fit a wide range of sizes. You can pair with your own bra, bralette or just no top at all.
*Upgrade option only. Colors include: Bubblegum Pink, Black, Red, Pale Pink, Baby Blue.
10. Bustiers + Corsets
Bustiers are made for showing off ‘the girls’, corsets accentuate the waist. Both styles are not made for comfort but work well enough for the purpose of a shoot.
11. blazer OR COAT
Have an old fur coat in your closet that hasn’t seen the light of day in a while? It can be an oufit. Can be worn nude or with something petty underneath.
Another option is a fitted blazer.
13. High-Waist Panties
A lot of times these are the ‘functional’ pieces you have from companies like Spanx®, but there’s a lot of companies that make them now. Look best without a bra.
Thigh high, with garters and without. I recommend TRYING ON—they easily ‘pinch’ and don’t always look like you hoped.
17. Body Jewelry
Best while nude, however simple panties could work. There’s lots on Amazon for cheap (just type in body jewelry).
Looks great on everyone! Their stretchy netted material accentuates in all the right places. PLUS, they’re super comfy. Some types have added ‘bling’ on them for a little glam.
This is a big category as it can include jerseys, tees, undies with logos etc. I recommend either bare feet or matching sports socks .
21. implied or nude
This ‘outfit’ can sound really intimidating to most people, but it’s a favorite among clients. For those a little nervous (but want to do it) we save it for the end of the session so that way you’re already used to the camera and the process. You can choose to show booty, breasts or we can use a sheet or hands to purposely cover those areas and make the images more of a teaser. Some clients go completely nude and some wear underwear. It’s really about your comfort level.
Amazon has TONS of stuff for an average of $20/outfit. Also, be aware a lot of this stuff is from China so it usually runs small compared to US sizes (like 2 sizes smaller). Plan accordingly.
The link below has things on Amazon that I have either shot or know will shoot well. FYI, I am not an Amazon affiliate.
Trish’s Amazon Wardrobe Suggestion list
Other outfit tips…
Try on your outfits well before the shoot.
This goes for new outfits and/or something you haven’t worn in a while. Unfortunately, a lot of clients spend more time in the dressing room because they haven’t tried anything on. Don’t eat up your shoot time messing with outfits.
If you are bringing a dress or anything that wrinkles…
Put it on a hanger and don’t stuff it on a bag. Ironing at the studio and “just photoshopping it” are not options.
IMHO, less and simpler is best. Just have a few signature pieces and call it good.
New garments? Cut the tags…
This goes for new shoes too (which often there are stickers on the very bottom. Please remove before your shoot).