Hello gorgeous! This is Michelle - Artist/Photographer at Body Love Studio (formerly Clique Boudoir) I created this guide to help people shop and prepare for their Boudoir session. I have styled and photographed nearly one-thousand women of all shapes and sizes, for their boudoir sessions. The most important advice I can give anyone is this: Try things on and LOOK- IN- THE- MIRROR! -hell, dance in the mirror! Take a compliment, and sing in the shower.
Let's start out with the basics. Have you ever tried to look something up on the internet - but, you have no idea what it's called? Here is a little cheat sheet below to help you with your google searches. You're welcome ;)
Then scroll on down to "finding and fitting your body type". Checkout our Pinterest for shopping by body type.
Followed by our favorite tips for preparing for your session
Lingerie to fit your body type
Are you an apple, pear, hourglass or a martini? Here is your go to guide for fitting your shape. (*not all shapes are represented, each shape can range from petite to plus. *click on the names of each for lingerie suggestions.)
Martini: Look for pieces that are going to call attention to your bottom. Such as a bra and panty set that the panties have more details or ruffles. Straps will be your friend if you are looking to break up the size of your shoulders. Pieces with a high cut leg will show off those amazing legs and draw attention down, showing off legs and waist.
Square: Look for pieces that will create and draw attention to your waist. Such as body suits with a belt or attention grabbing detail at the waist. You can pull off sets with details on both the chest and leg/butt area with your chest and hips being equal. However if you are looking to be more of an hourglass shape look for pieces that would dramatize your waist.
Apple: Look for pieces that call more attention to those smokin' hot legs with high cut bottoms that will draw attention away from middle section, and items that will exaggerate your waist. Such as a body suit that has the thigh seem higher up on the hip bone. To even out your body look for pieces that will draw attention to and make your waist look smaller. Belts are your friend, or pieces that sit on the smallest part of your waist without adding bulk to your midsection. Look for high cut legs, attention calling details on the waist and show off what you love.
Pear: Look for pieces that even you out. Find items that have drama up top, this evens out your portions by adding to your bust and chest. Such as deep v's, sparkles, and ruffles on the chest. Body suits that call attention to the chest will help show off your waist and help you out in the chest area. For bottoms look for something a bit simple, high cut thighs will give you longer learner legs. Don't hide your lower half in too much fabric, this adds to you and makes things larger than they are.
Hourglass: Look for pieces that show off what you love. Having an hourglass shape allows you to pull off most options with your defined waist and equal hips and chest. Items should show off your waist, and keep your body proportionate.
8 shape: Look for pieces that call attention to your waist. With your waist sitting higher find lingerie that sits up higher in the waist, in the smallest part of your waist. High cut thighs will show off your legs and draw the eyes up to match your waist.
Vision & Personal style
Before you go shopping, think first about how you want your session to look. Create a vision or a story. Daydream a bit. What is your fantasy?
Try on and find pieces that fit the look and feel you want for your session.
Personal style If you love shoes, jewelry, and lashes, make sure to incorporate that into your session planning. If you are more of a barefoot, au naturale type of women, just keep it simple-maybe just a t shirt and undies, or a white sheet is all you need.
Do's and Dont's
- Try on everything! For the best service and fit, visit a local lingerie boutique. The expert stylists will help find the best fit for your body. If you can't make it to the store make sure to follow sizing guides and place your order in advance. Know your body shape, what kind of fit you like, and having your measurements will help with finding lingerie you'll love. This will allow you to try on your items to ensure proper fit.
- Dress for your body type See our guide below for identifying your body type and dressing to show it off.
- Take care of yourself Mind, body and soul. Meditate, eat, go to the spa, take time for you, listen to music, practice posing in the mirror, dance in your kitchen. Do things that make you feel good.
- Don't be so hard on yourself
- Don't take life so seriously
- Don't listen to that silly voice in your head that says you can't. YES YOU CAN!
- Don't starve yourself
- Don't do this for someone else, do it for you! You are a QUEEN!
When looking for stockings, either to be used with a garter or not, look for ones that do not have silicone tops. The silicone tops hold them in place but will create lines in the skin and will dig into the thighs creating lumps.
Head to Toe
Timeline to primp and pamper before your session.
Hair Color/Cut For trim 1 week, for color or full cut 3 weeks prior
Facial Depending on type of facial 1 week to 1 month prior to shoot
Tanning Avoid spray tans like the plague, spray tans make skin in photos appear magenta. Also avoid sunburns and tan lines.
Nails A day or two before shoot. Also use simple colors, simple colors will keep the images classic and looking good. Avoid neon, bright greens, pinks, yellow, and look for reds, blues, purples and neutrals for best results.
Polina's PRIVÉ Fine Lingerie - 724 S Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231
Lingerie Lingerie - 800 Kenilworth Dr, Towson, MD 21204
a la mode Intimates - 1910 Towne Centre Blvd #115, Annapolis, MD 21401
Sy-Lene Intimate Apparel - 4407 S Park Ave, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Hourglass Lingerie - 500 Parkdale Ave #25, Baltimore, MD 21211
Dor-NE Corset Shoppe - 8126 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Necessary Secrets - 10751 Falls Rd #121, Lutherville, MD 21093
The Bottom Drawer - 1001 A W 36th St, Baltimore, MD 21211
Soma Intimates - 1407 S Main Chapel Way #101, Gambrills, MD 21054
Bra La La - 8180 Maple Lawn Blvd, Fulton, MD 20759
A Perfect Fit Bra Boutique & Fitting Salon - 5601, 14 N East St, Frederick
Le Bustiere Boutique - 1744 Columbia Rd NW #2, Washington, DC 20009
Coup De Foudre Lingerie - 1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW, corner of 11th st NW and E st NW, Washington, DC 20004
Jaryam - 1531 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007
Abrielle Fine Linens and Lingerie - 3301 New Mexico Ave NW # 118, Washington, DC 20016
Bloomers - 924 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Lotus Blooms - 1017 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Rigby & Peller - 1961 Chain Bridge Rd, McLean, VA 22102
Belle Mode Intimates - 11889 Grand Commons Ave, Fairfax, VA 22030
Trousseau - 306 Maple Ave W, Vienna, VA 22180
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