January 18, 2023

What to Wear to a Boudoir Session

Are you stumped on what to wear to a boudoir session?  Don't worry!! That is one of the biggest concerns I hear from my clients.  In case you are unaware, there are many great items you can choose right out of your own closet and not every item needs to be lingerie. 

Choose at least one bra and panty set. Be sure to try on items to make sure they have a proper fit before your session. You may still have some lingerie from years ago that you just have not thrown out because it is still perfectly good…however, since you have not worn it in years, it may not fit the same. You could have either gained or lost a few pounds since then. 

(Here's a little secret... Buy your lingerie, bra & panty sets, or thigh highs a size or two larger than what's recommended for you.  It'll reduce any indentions and "muffin tops".) 

Bra tip: If you are a B or smaller find a bra that has lace around the top of the cup. It will make you look a whole size bigger in photos. Also, refrain from bringing padded, push-up bras. I know it sounds backwards, but trust me.   



Bring something that belongs to your guy. One of his button-up shirts or even one of his ties are good options. If you or your guy are sports fans wear a sports jersey with some knee high socks. You could even take it a step further and order his favorite team jersey with your name on it or with some other type of phrase that fits the session. Be creative. The more you put into it, the more he will be blown away.

Are you worried about sneaking his shirt out of the house?  Don't worry, I keep one on hand that you can use!


Have fun with your outfit choices and jewelry. (yes, don’t forget jewelry, more on that in a minute) You can choose bright colors and even be super wild by wearing mismatched bra and panties. Wear your favorite pair of cowgirl boots and cowgirl hat or if you think your guy would love you in a nurse’s outfit – go for it! Try out something totally off the wall and fun! It can make for a fun and creative photo.



Look through your closet for a see through or lace blouse, a soft sweater you can pull off your shoulders, a vest or sleeveless sweater. Any unique or cropped tops can be cute with panties too.  You can even get away with a pretty bra and your favorite jeans!  Sometimes simple is more.


If you are smaller then a C cup be sure to bring the kind of bustier that has built in cups. (usually a corset does not have cups but I have seen a few bustiers without cups too). The bustiers without can make you look flat chested and we don’t want that!



Almost every woman brings fishnets and/or thigh highs to her session. My number one suggestion is if you plan to wear them with a garter belt, buy the kind without the plastic stay ups. If you plan to not wear a garter then the plastic stay ups are a must. Also, remember what I said earlier, get them 1-2 sizes larger than the package indicates you should.  We don't want unnecessary bulges!  


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About the Author Amy Paris Jackson

Amy is a professional portrait photographer in NW Indiana. She specializes in glamour and boudoir photography because she takes great joy in empowering women of all ages and sizes to look and feel beautiful. She also loves watching her clients’ self-confidence, self-accept, and self-love re-emerge during their photoshoots as they see how truly beautiful they are.

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