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A boudoir session is the perfect time for dress up! Whether you prefer to keep it simple or go all in with elaborate lingerie, picking your outfits is a big part of the fun. Boudoir photography is all about capturing your unique beauty and sensuality, so selecting the right boudoir outfits is crucial to creating stunning images.

From sexy dresses to oversized sweaters, there are countless boudoir outfit ideas to explore. Remember, the most important thing is to embrace your own style and feel confident during your boudoir shoot. So, if you're looking for some boudoir photography outfit ideas... you've come to the right place.  Let's take a look at what to wear to a boudoir photoshoot and help you bring out the best version of yourself in every frame.

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a boudoir shot of a woman in an elegant crystal bra
a beautiful floral bra decorated with crystals

What To Wear 


I've photographed hundreds of women over the years, and somewhere along the way I've learned a thing or two about what looks good in a boudoir shoot.  The bottom line is it doesn't have to be complicated!  I'll outline a few simple tips here to help get you started on your wardrobe prep. 


First thing, boudoir and being sexy doesn't necessarily always mean less clothing...  As a matter of fact, some of my all-time clients favorite shots are portraits, or shots in jeans and button-downs!  Clothing, lingerie, or implied nudity can all be sexy in their own right.  It's the woman that makes the outfit.


The biggest topic of discussion I have with my clients pre-session is wardrobe.  Every year I answer tons of texts and emails about this very subject.  The simple key to success is to plan.  Plan your boudoir outfits around your comfort level.  --And don't wait till the night before to start trying to bring it all together.


Getting ready is part of the fun.  Some of the best items to bring  are the ones you already have.  Break out some old favorites that have been sitting in your closet, just waiting for the perfect occasion.  Hit the lingerie shop and pick up a new piece.  Whatever the strategy:  the goal is to wear items that make you feel beautiful.  You'll look sexiest when you feel confident.  


I do not shoot with a time limit.  We are free to switch outfits during your session as desired, or needed.  You are welcome to bring as many items as you wish to haul along on your session day.  Every once in a while, an item may seem like a good idea, but may not photograph quite the way you expect, so its always great to have a few backups on hand.  Changing outfits is fast and easy, so trying something new just takes a few minutes.


My clients will receive a comprehensive Prep Guide upon booking that contains lots of great ideas & tips-- both simple, and down-right sexy.  For those of your doing some general boudoir research online, here are a few simple wardrobe guidelines to help you get started... You may also want to take a peek at What To Wear To Your Boudoir Session.

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Boudoir Outfit Ideas


Dress it up


One great choice is you may like starting the session wearing a bodycon or fitted dress.  Paired with some great high heels...what's not to like?  Wait, what?  A dress?  This is supposed to be a boudoir photo shoot, right?  Yes, yes.  Hang in there with me for a moment.  A tight dress is great to bring along.  How many great photos do you have of yourself?  Not many, huh?  Not only is taking a few shots "clothed" at the start of your session fun, but its a great way to "ease" into your boudoir session, and to get a chance to get used to taking photos-- before you have to start baring it all.  Not only that, your portraits will get lots of mileage.  They're great for sharing and for online use. 


Fitted clothes are best when you are photographed.  Leave loose fitting attire home.  I prefer starting your photo session in this type of outfit.  I recommend my clients bring along a fitted dress, silk slip dress, or similar option.  


Casual Attire


Not a big dress person?  No problem.  What about your favorite jeans? They are a great choice in boudoir photography. Some of my favorite all time photos are shots in a button down shirt or a white t shirt and a pair of jeans.  Jeans can be used a hundred ways in a boudoir session-- and all of them cute.  Paired with a bra, or photographed slightly unbuttoned... or with a leather jacket!  Now you're getting the idea!


A simple white tank top can be the hottest thing you own.  Don't forget sheer tops, pajamas, pajama bottoms paired with a bra.  


If you are doing your photos as a gift:  His tie, favorite sports jersey, or work uniform.  One of the most popular looks is a mans white button down shirt.  It may be big on you, but it's still cute.  

a beautiful woman in lingerie
boudoir photo of a woman in stockings with her feet on a headboard


Lingerie Favorites

Bra Sets
Bra sets are probably the "must have" boudoir outfit of any session.  Who doesn't own lots?  Bring your favorites, or pick up something new.  Opt for lacy, and leave your t-shirt bras & casuals at home.  
I understand not every woman is a lingerie person.  The great thing about a boudoir shoot is that its your chance to dress up.  A lot of lingerie may not really be practical for every day wear, but hey, your boudoir session is tailor made for these items.  It's a time for dress-up!
That corset you bought for that special occasion?  Now is the time to break it out of the closet.  The same for that garter belt and stockings.  Classic lingerie is a perfect choice.  A vintage slip or cami to keep it demure.  They all incorporate really well in a boudoir shoot.  As you know, lingerie can range from demure to sultry, to down-right "en fuego", and can lead to some undoubtedly sexy photos.  So bring what suits your mood and puts you in your comfort zone!
Other Great Outfit Ideas
This list can go on and on... but I'll keep it down a few favs. Vintage:   A vintage slip or cami.  Sheers:  Shirts, robes, see through tops, etc.  It's all very romantic, it seems to be one of those things that works in boudoir photos.  Brides: How about your wedding veil, or garter. White lingerie is an amazing bridal outfit choice. How about that oversized sweater!?
Accessories are important!  I've seen them all, so Ill pass a few ideas along to you:  Stilettos, Thigh high boots (ouch!),  Scarves,  Jewelry,  Pearls,  Fishnet stockings,  Thigh highs,  Garters,  Necklaces--  Please bring a few long necklaces.  Knee high socks are super cute.  
Spice It Up...
If you're the type who wants to spice things up a bit-- we got you!  Handcuffs, wrist restraints, blindfolds, masks are all great boudoir photographer session fare.  Body jewelry, body chains or sexy chain bras. Nipple jewelry-- the perfect chance to show off your barbells or dangles.  Boudoir shoots are a great place to reveal your favorite movie props or costumes.  Now, see how fun this can be?

boudoir photo of a woman wearing black lingerie in bed and smiling

Getting It Right


I understand the impact that the right lingerie can have on your overall experience and the final outcome of your boudoir shoot. In this section, we will discuss the benefits of quality lingerie and provide some tips for choosing the perfect pieces to enhance your boudoir session.

Benefits of Quality Lingerie

Investing in high-quality lingerie for your boudoir session is essential for several reasons. First and foremost, well-made lingerie provides a comfortable fit, allowing you to feel at ease during your photoshoot.  --And it looks beautiful.


Additionally, quality materials and craftsmanship ensure that your chosen pieces will maintain their shape and color throughout the session, showcasing your body in the most flattering way possible. Finally, premium lingerie adds an element of luxury and sophistication to your photographs, elevating the overall look and feel of your boudoir experience.

Choosing the Right Lingerie

When selecting lingerie for your boudoir photo shoot, it's crucial to choose pieces that not only look stunning but also make you feel confident and comfortable. Consider your personal style and the image you want to portray during your photoshoot. If you feel your best in classic, timeless pieces, opt for elegant lace and silk designs.


For those who prefer a more daring look, explore options with unique cuts, textures, and colors. Additionally, it's important to choose the right size for your lingerie to ensure a proper fit and a flattering silhouette. Don't hesitate to consult with a professional or take advantage of online size guides to find the perfect fit.

a brunette in a white bra

Pro Tip!


...And oh, by the way
Lingerie Tags. Please removes tags from your underwear and lingerie.  Tags are not sexy.  Nowadays it seems some tags are even larger than the lingerie to which they are attached! 🤣 Be mindful of tags.
Mani-Pedi.  Do it. Get your nails done before your shoot.
Deodorant.  Yeoww.  Big white patches under your arms are definitely not a good look (and not easy for me to fix.)
Don't overdo it with tanning.  Sunburn is not a good look, and cannot be fixed.
No body makeup.  Do not wear any body makeup, body powder or bronzers.  It gets all over everything!
Sleep well.  Get a good nights sleep the night before.  I can fix a lot of things, but a tired face isn't one of them.

a brunette in black stockings



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