What to wear

One of the best parts of having a boudoir experience is have the perfect excuse (if you needed one) to upgrade your lingerie collection! But there's a whole lingerie lingo you have to know when your out shopping. Chemise versus camisole, bustier versus corset—what’s the difference anyhow? We’ve got the lowdown on the most popular types of lingerie, and how to wear each lingerie style for your session.

Bra & Underwear

Now I know what you're thinking... What's special about bra & underwear. I wear those everyday. But that is the beauty of it. Use this as an excuse to go out and get that truly beautiful set, knowing that you will get mileage out of it by wearing it again and again. A sexy pair of underwear can stand solo or be paired with a matching cami or bra for a low-maintenance look. Don't forget to search for bralettes, these are seriously gorgeous options! Pairing a bra & underwear with pieces already found in your closet gives you a quick way to add several looks to technically one outfit!


This is hands down my favorite thing to shoot! Think: bra and underwear in one. (Sometimes you’ll see this called a teddy.) And even though a bodysuit offers more coverage than two separate pieces, it’s somehow sexier. Probably because it’s got “special occasion” written all over it, making it boudoir perfection. But this also pulls double duty because the right bodysuit can be worn out with a cute pair of jeans and a chunky sweater or cardigan. That has date night written all over it!

Bustier & corset

Want to add extra va-va-voom to the session? Wear this lingerie style to accentuate your cleavage and flatter your waist. A bustier is an extended bra top that usually covers all or most of the torso, though there are bustier bras that end well above the belly button.

A corsets tangibly cinched the waist and had grommets and ties that would be pulled tight, squeezing the midsection. And some corsets today are shapewear that help smooth the appearance of the torso. Some may have boning in them (totally fine) but we seriously recommend avoiding any lingerie styles that include painful cinching or hinder posing.

For an ultra-bridal look, go white and lacy. If you’re looking to pump up the sex appeal, go for a strappier style in black or red. Want something extra racy? Try attached garters, so you can add thigh-high stockings.

camisole & tap short

A camisole (aka cami) is a lingerie tank top, usually with spaghetti straps. Choose one in a silky or satin fabric with lace accents for a luxe vibe, and pair it with tap shorts, which are lingerie short-shorts. Choose this look if you want something on the comfy side and a sexy 20s vibe. It’s not as over-the-top sexy as some other types of lingerie, but it definitely will make you feel pampered. A cami could also be worn with a thong or any other underwear bottoms, to show a little more skin.

Happy Shopping! ~xo Cady