Why You Shouldn’t Wear babydolls, Garter Sets or Merry Widows in Your Boudoir Photos

Edmonton Boudoir Photography

If you don’t know what you’re doing, how to pose, or what to wear in your boudoir photos, a photoshoot can be a daunting experience. But we’re here to help.

When you book a boudoir shoot with us we talk to you one on one, plan your shoot, and send you a guide to help you learn everything you need to know ahead of time. But, still, we like to answer your questions here on our blog. Today we’re going to look at babydolls, garter sets, and merry widows and why they are NOT the best choice for your photoshoot.

Not sure what to wear for your boudoir photos? Here's what NOT to wear and what we suggest for your next shoot at Gabriela Cruz Photography.

Babydolls hide the most important thing in boudoir photos – your body

Babydolls cover so much of your body that it’s hard to really feel or appear “sexy.”

We understand why a lot of women naturally gravitate toward babydolls, especially if it’s their first boudoir experience. They worry about skin folds, and rolls, and stretch marks. They try to hide them beneath folds of fabric, instead.

But all of those things can be hidden if that’s what you want – and without hiding your body beneath a mass of material. It just takes some creative posing or a little touch up after the shoot. But, honestly, folds, rolls, scars, and stretch marks are beautiful and don’t really NEED to be hidden if you don’t want them to.

This babydoll from Victoria’s Secret is cute as nightwear but isn’t right for a boudoir shoot

Garter sets and merry widows cover too much of your curves

Garter sets and merry widows are pretty similar, so we’ve lumped them together here. We’re talking a full-on matching bra and underwear with a thick waistband or corset connected to dangly straps that end with fasters to hold up thigh-high stockings.

Garter sets and merry widows don’t bury your body beneath folds of fabric the way that babydolls do. But they DO take away from the sensual scenery of your natural curves. To put it simply, there’s just way too much going on when you look at a garter set or merry widow. There are straps and angles and bands and there’s usually more than one type of fabric or lace, all put together, cutting across your waistline in ways that hide and distract from your curves.

Your body was made to be shown off and admired for the gloriousness that it is. Set it free!

This garter set from Bella Valentina might be sexy in the bedroom but covers too many curves for a boudoir shoot

What you should wear for your boudoir photos instead

Let’s talk about some other options to make you feel just as SEXY.  Scratch that, things that will make you feel MORE sexy once you see the stunning images they lead to.

Bra and panty sets are, honestly, kind of hard to go wrong with. The prep guide we send you when you book a shoot explains everything you need to know to choose the right set for your body type.

Stockings and fishnets are another way to spice up your boudoir shoot without layering up and covering up your curves.

Bodysuits are something we’re big on around here. They are flattering for ALL body types and can cover up a little when you’re feeling self-conscious.

Nothing – going nude isn’t a must but you CAN get stunning photos without even actually revealing anything you don’t want to. It’s all about the angle.

Did you know?

When you book in for a boudoir shoot with us we will send you prep guides to help you pick out the right themes, clothes, and more?

We work together with all our clients to build a personalized experience EVERY TIME.

Still want to cover up a bit?

We also love to start off a shoot with MORE clothing on and go from there to see how you like the experience and the photos (yep, we’ll show you raw pics in our cameras if you want). From there you can work your way down.

So, if you absolutely want to start with more clothing, still try to avoid the babydolls and garter sets and try these ideas:

  • a t-shirt (we usually tie these to bring your curves out)
  • a playful sweater off the shoulder
  • high-waisted panties (to give the same covered-up feeling as a garter set without all the distractions)
  • one of our GCP dresses (this is a great way to start your session)
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Still not sure what to wear? Here is a post on some great boudoir photoshoot outfits.

You can also check out our boudoir client feature stories to see what past clients have worn to THEIR photoshoots.

We know you’ll look SMOKIN’ HOT no matter what you choose to wear. But if you’re not sure, reach out to us. We’ll settle any nerves and put your comforts and style above all else. 

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