Boudoir Outfits : What to Wear for a Boudoir Shoot

The beauty of boudoir photography is that there are so many options for what to wear. Below is a boudoir clothing guide to get you inspired for choosing your boudoir outfits. You are welcome to wear whatever you like and makes you feel beautiful and sexy. Once you take the leap and decide you’d like to do a boudoir session, you will then start planning and begin your research for boudoir outfit ideas. What to wear for a boudoir shoot will depend on your aesthetic and personal preferences. There is no one perfect outfit for a boudoir shoot. It’s a good idea to bring a variety of outfits for your boudoir photo shoot. Below are examples of outfits for a boudoir session.

Crop Top & Casual Body Suits

Crop tops & casual body suits make good starter boudoir outfits.  If you’re looking for a fun, casual, comfy look this is a good option for you. You can match your crop top with a simple underwear and it makes for a casual and flirty everyday look.

Button Up Shirt

You can borrow one of your partners shirts or purchase a new one and wear it as one of your boudoir outfits. This look is super versatile in that it can be fun and playful, yet sophisticated and sexy. It’s fun to play with the buttons and sleeves. If you’d like a sexier vibe, you can unbutton it and take it off.

Sexy Lingerie

This is a staple when it comes to boudoir photo outfits. It’s a good idea to include sexy lingerie as one of your looks. There are so many options for sexy lingerie. I would recommend trying on different kinds and finding boudoir outfits that are both flattering and make you feel gorgeous. You can find a sexy bra and underwear look or a one-piece lingerie set. You can pair them with sexy heels and a robe.

Bed Sheet

I love this look because it’s simple and sexy. There’s some nudity implied, yet it can still be very classy and sensual. Also, this is an easier look because you do not have to think too much about it. You can choose to be naked or you can wear some nude underwear underneath the bedsheet. We can play with layering the sheet and showing a little skin here and there.

Implied Nudity / Birthday Suit / Partial Nudity

The fun thing about implied nudity and wearing your birthday suit is that it can be very exciting and an empowering experience. Some women want to push themselves a bit and explore what it’s like to be photographed completely naked. It can be nerve wrecking and exhilarating to do so. Others want to have a memory of what they use to look like. Implied nudity can involve covering the breasts with your hands or using a bed sheet to cover certain body parts. Although it leaves little to the imagination, it can still be done in a tasteful and classy way.

Robes & Lace

I love robes. They can be placed over sexy lingerie or can be used alone. Lace is sheer and hugs the body in a beautiful way. It’s perfect for a sensual, feminine look.


For those getting married, you may want to include your garter and some white lingerie. Some women like to include their veil and jewelry.

Hope you enjoyed these boudoir outfit ideas. What to wear for a boudoir shoot may be a daunting task for some. But I welcome you to have some fun and pick boudoir outfits that you absolutely love. There is no right or wrong. Ultimately this is your experience. What might work for one person, may not work for another. And everyone has their own taste. Boudoir clothing varies and what individuals consider to be flattering, beautiful and sexy is subjective. Be true to yourself and what you love.  

Find out more about Heidi’s approach to boudoir photography here: Los Angeles Boudoir Photography