5 step guide for buying boudoir lingerie – Hamilton Boudoir Photographer
Bras are hard to shop for and I feel like once we know our size we all have this bad tendency of just buying the staples and that’s it!!! How boring! So sorry to offend you but your bras are most likely boring. (I know this because mine are too, girl!). Now, of course, you don’t need to buy new lingerie for your boudoir photo shoot, and you can absolutely work with what you have, but it is a wicked good excuse! 😉
I’m going to walk you through my simple 5 step process for how to buy flattering, sexy, fun lingerie that you’ll want to keep on after the shoot is over! (I also threw in my top store recommendations at the bottom with how price, style, and size friendly they are!)
Even if you’re not getting boudoir pictures done, I still think it’s a great and joyous thing to do as a female. It’s empowering and quite frankly, it’s friggin fun shopping for lingerie! haha
Set your budget. Consider what you’re going to want at the end of all this. Do you just want a few quick pictures or do you want an album with a couple other prints to gift your partner, along with a full experience. If you have no idea what a typical boudoir session costs, that’s ok. Just be open and honest with the photographer, me, and we can go over why I charge what I charge so you have a core understanding of what goes on behind the price.
Once you’ve set your budget I recommend going through your intimates. Layout the sets and pieces that you love and that make you feel sexy. I’d avoid adding pieces that are noticeably well worn because they will show up on camera and we want you to look fly and fresh! At the same time remember that it doesn’t have to be fancy and new to make you look and feel like a rockstar.
This is going to help you determine if you need/how much lingerie you may want to purchase for your session if any.
Next, I like to categorize the ones you want to wear to the shoot. There are 3 categories I like to use to simplify it. ‘Soft and subtle’, ‘classic sexy’ and ‘wowie’. If you have one set per category that’s perfect. Even if you have more than one per category that’s totally fine, bring what you have. The biggest thing to remember is that you’re allowed 3 outfits, so bring 3 outfits that make you feel good and that you love! The categories are a guide to help you determine if you need/want to buy extra pieces, not a rule.
These three pictures are to help you refer to what would fall into these categories.
This step is not necessary, but it is something I like to do before lingerie (and bikini) shopping. I look myself in the mirror, (while naked.. yikes!) and assess where my body is at. Have I gained weight, am I bloated, are my gym sessions paying off, do I want to hide my stomach or show it off. Deciding this can help determine the best lingerie not only for your body type but for what you’re most confident in at that time.
A good example of this is ‘ Well I’ve gained some weight recently and I will be on my period during the shoot so my boobs will be ready to show off’… Or ‘oooh, those deadlifts have been paying off, I’ll get some undies with cute detailing in the back to show off my backside’. We all know shopping for lingerie can suck the confidence right out from your soul, and this is one way I like to defend myself from that. It also creates awareness in my brain about what I actually look like naked. I can go in and confidently tell the photographer what I love and want to show off.
Finally! The Lingerie Part
Now the part you were all waiting for. Where to actually buy these pieces. I’ve done the hard work for you and categorized all my recommended places to shop for lingerie based on size options, budget and the style of the pieces you’ll find.
Go to town, have fun shopping and don’t forget to comment below with some of your favourite go-to places for others!
p.s. to shop these stores just click the name of the store at the top and it will open a new tab for you!
Why they’re on my list – Great for all shapes, sizes, budgets and category needs.
Size Range – Ranges from petit, maternity, plus, and fuller bust. They’ve got a lot of options!
Category Range – Good range of all 3 categories, from ‘soft and subtle’ to ‘wowie’.
Price Range – Prices range from ‘tight budget friendly’ all the way to ‘spend big or go home’.
Why they’re on my list – So beautiful, the most unique and beautiful lingerie. I’m just MEGA obsessed with LAL Couture and I will always opt for supporting independent business women vs bigger corporations.
Size Range – As long as I’ve known this brand the size range was smaller although they recently added custom plus sizing to their website, so it’s worth looking into either way.
Category Range – ‘soft and subtle’ to ‘classic sexy’.
Price Range – Middle priced, some pieces more budget friendly than others. Most sets tend to be $100 for top and bottom.
Why they’re on my list – Inclusive in all sizes and shapes, fair prices and a good range from lower to high prices, and tons of fun and fabulous options. Options that are fun, cute, playful to full on raunchy!
Size Range – 0-22 bottoms and 32-46 A-H
Category Range – Options in all ranges
Price Range – Pieces from $60 – $120+
Why they’re on my list – Their pieces are so beautifully made, the detail work is absolutely stunning.
Size Range – Tends to be smaller sized. 32A – 36DD and XS – L(8)
Category Range – A few great ‘classic sexy’ pieces, but most fall more towards the ‘soft and subtle’.
Price Range – This one is not for my tight budget gal, I would guess $50+ per piece. The average set cost is from $80-200.