LINGERIE SHOPPING FOR YOUR BOUDOIR PHOTO SESSION
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.
With guidance from one of my favorite lingerie experts, Rachel Wentworth of Forty Winks Lingerie Boutique, here is your boudoir session lingerie shopping guide.
Her first piece of advice?
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Most attendants love to help style for a boudoir shoot.
Shopping for lingerie can be fun! Here's how.
HOW TO SHOP FOR LINGERIE FOR YOUR BOUDOIR SHOOT
Start with thinking about what you like, what suits your personality - be real about what want. This isn’t about fitting into some idealized mold of what a woman 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 a short list. For example - maybe you already have a beautiful black bra, but 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.
Try to choose things that offer visual interest. Unique lace patterning, cut out detailing or unexpected colors usually photograph well.
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.
Think about how much you are okay with spending. Ask your boudoir photographer (like me!) if they work with a particular lingerie store, sometimes they’ll offer discounts to clients.
Remember . . .
If you get frustrated, take a break.
This process should be fun!