I often get asked where to go to buy lingerie for their session. Usually they have a general idea on where to get basic pieces but they don’t realize there are a lot of shops around that have great pieces that can be used for a session. In my boho session I posted last week, I tried to show that you can bring anything to your session that you feel sexy in and it will look great! So try to think outside of the box. I recommend giving yourself time to shop around before your session so you can make the right choices and use pieces you feel good in.
Forever 21 is always my go-to spot for unique items. Their clothes are always very well priced and covered in lace! Look for anything lace or see through when you shop here. You may need to look online for actual lingerie pieces, unless you’re in a larger Forever 21 store, because not all of them carry lingerie. They also tend to have better sales online. And if the pieces don’t fit when you get them, it’s easy to return them in the store.
- crop tops
- jean shorts/jean jackets
- flannel shirts
- tulle skirts
- see through tops
- thigh high socks or stockings
Victoria’s Secret is probably most people’s go-to place to shop for lingerie. Here I would look for cute rompers, bodysuits and bra and underwear sets that have great detail. The key to shopping here is to go for the unique pieces and not your everyday pieces.
- bra and underwear with a garter belt
- special pieces with a lot of detail!
LILIES & LACE
Lilies and Lace, located in Lumina Station, is my favorite local shop! Talk about beautiful pieces! If you’re looking for a special piece that you plan on having for a while, this is the place to go! They carry amazing brands like Cosabella and La Perla. They also have great bridal lingerie and robes that I adore! Not to mention swimwear, resort wear and accessories! This is my happy place and I love checking out what they bring in each season 🙂
- lace robe
- beautifully detailed bra and underwear set
- bridal lingerie (anything in white!)
MARSHALL’S and TJ MAXX
Marshall’s and TJ Maxx can be hit or miss but when they have great pieces- it’s a great buy! They have things like Calvin Klein underwear (which I love!), beautiful robes, and great lace underwear. It can be hard to find a matching set of underwear sometimes but it’s great if you don’t mind buying individual pieces. They will also have silk chemise tops and bottoms too which can be cute and great for a honeymoon! The trick here is to visit multiple times and catch the good stuff when it comes in!
- Calvin Klein underwear
- silk or lace robes
- faux leather jacket (could be cute!)
I love H&M because their pieces are so versatile. I’m extra excited because Wilmington just got it’s first H&M and it’s fun to have another source for my sessions. H&M is great for bodysuits and clothes that can also act as lingerie. Similar to Forever 21, keep your eye out for everyday pieces that could possibly work for your session, like a lace top. They also carry more lingerie online so you may want to check for there for more of those pieces.
- chunky sweaters
- Women’s dress shirts
- anything with lace
Oh how I wish we had an Aerie here! This is another one of my happy places. So much prettiness in one place. While Aerie carries mostly basics, they have a few unique pieces that would work well for a boudoir session. Anything from a bodysuit to a cut-off tee to a special lacey top or bralette, like the ones below. And I love Aerie’s focus on the every day girl and using real girls in their campaigns. I love supporting companies like this.
- anything that makes you feel good!
- pieces with special details
- items in colors that work well with your skin
- items from their leisurewear section
The most important thing to remember is to try each thing on and see how you feel in it. If you’re not sure, then it’s not for you! You need to feel super confident and love the way you look in what you wear so try not to settle! Everyone is going to bring different items to their session and it all depends on your body type and personality. And if you get frustrated, just give me a call 😉 It’s not worth stressing over and if you want to bring jeans and a t-shirt to your session because that’s what you love them I’ll all for it! I’ll You can find all of these lingerie options and links on where to get them on my Pinterest board! I hope this helps and feel free to let me know if you’re looking for anything specific. There are so many options out there and the internet makes it so easy to get awesome pieces at affordable prices these days. I can’t wait to see what you bring to your session!