Women come in all shapes and sizes. Beauty is found in every single person. There’s a difference in the confidence and attitudes of plus size women. While some women embrace their curves, others are embarrassed. My mission in life is to help show every woman how gorgeous they are – just as they are, right now, through boudoir photography in my St. Louis, MO studio. Step one in this process is knowing what to wear to flatter your figure. Also, see a past boudoir session of a curvy client. I will take care of the rest once you are in the studio!
Accentuating your curves
I love the clothing choice in the above photo. The cropped sweater was tighter at the waist giving the illusion that her waist is smaller than it is. Halley is one of those curvey women with a smaller waist, and this sweater definitely accentuated it. She also chose black cheeky underwear that were a size too big, which allowed her to pull them a bit higher on her waist, lengthening her legs and showing off her curves even better.
Another way to do this is to have a loose yet fitted sweater. A favorite of mine is an off the shoulder sweater. Check this one out from torrid. Maybe I love this one so much because I love faded colors right now? Another option is this one from Amazon. P.S. Navy looks so good in the studio.
Bodysuits are tough. You really want to avoid bodysuits that aren’t a thong because they aren’t as flattering without the thong cut on bottom. Plus-sized stores don’t often have thong booty bodysuits, but I found a few options on Amazon. This lace one is my favorite.
Forever21 also has very cute options. They are high waisted and typically either cheeky or thongs. Also, this bodysuit is one of my favorites from their online store.
High-waisted underwear does the same thing that the cropped sweater does to accentuate your curves. It finds the smallest part of your waist line and hugs it. The trick with this is similar to the bodysuit issue. You want wear cheeky or thong underwear. Bikinis and boy shorts aren’t super flattering to your booty. We have to show that thing off, right?
I particularly love these high waisted underwear from Torrid. Another option is this black bra/panty set from Amazon, which is one of the cutest I have seen. It can be a bit risky to buy your lingerie without trying it on first, though; you never really know how the underwear will fit when ordering off Amazon. Hopefully, if you order far enough in advance, you can return them if they don’t fit– this will give you ample time to get the size you need!
Robes are a great option as an accessory or even as a way to cover up those areas you prefer to hide. My favorite time to use a robe is in sitting poses. All women, no matter the size, have a skin roll at your stomach while sitting. Robes are the perfect way to hide those little “imperfections”. It’s a great clothing option to add something a little different in your boudoir album as well. See the photos below to see how we incorporated one in this client’s session.
Lengthen your legs
They say the longer you are, the thinner you look, right? Thus Pumps are probably the best option in this scenario because it gives you a few extra inches from heel to the toe of the pump on top of the 4-5 inches of the stiletto. Speaking of, some of you love wedges, but please know wedges don’t photograph very well. I keep a pair of black 6’s, 7.5’s, and 9’s in the studio. Most women will fit in one of those sizes. If not, check out Amazon for a pair of standard black pumps. It should be a staple in your closet anyway right?
If you are short, don’t wear thigh high anything (socks, shoes, etc) in your photos. It will shorten your legs way too much!
Things curvey women should avoid
I am not going to show samples of this bullet point. That’s not fair to anyone! These points are standard no-no’s for all sizes, not just curvey women.
- Jeans. This is hard no matter your size. If you choose the exact right pair of jeans, the photos turn out amazing. If you don’t, they are a total flop. It’s a tough one to get right.
- Boy shorts or bikini underwear.
- Sheer anything. It sounds good in theory. It just doesn’t photograph well.
- Wedge shoes.
Places to shop
- Torrid is a favorite among my plus size clients.
- Forever21 has some very cute lingerie pieces, sweaters, etc at reasonable prices.
- Good American
What to wear is just the basics of how to get the most out of your boudoir photography session, whether you have curves or not. Trust me when I tell you that I will pose you from head to fingers to toes– no need to worry at all about that! Your boudoir session will be a day of pampering followed by the experience of a lifetime which will have you leaving you feeling better than Beyonce. Your confidence will skyrocket, and your man will have an album he won’t want to put down!
What are some clothing options you have thought about wearing to a boudoir session? I would love to hear from you. Join my email list (top left if you are browsing from your computer) and let me know your thoughts!
Tracy Lynn is a boudoir photographer for brides-to-be in the St. Louis area, and a mentor + coach for photographers looking to level up their businesses with better systems and processes.