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Boudoir Lingerie For Your Body Type

Choosing lingerie for your body type is they key to enhancing your figure for your boudoir photo shoot. It’s also one of the most effective ways for diminishing any insecurities you might have about your body.

By diminishing these insecurities and enhancing your best assets, you will not only feel more confident for your photo shoot, but your final images will turn out better as well.

This post will show you how to choose lingerie for your body type and thus help you get the best photos possible from your photo shoot. If you’re unsure exactly what body type you have, this calculator should help you determine your body shape. Once you know your shape, simply select your body type from the list below to learn what lingerie styles will enhance your body type best.

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  • Hourglass Body Shape – This body shape (typically presented as the “ideal”) describes a person with hip and bust measurements nearly equal in size, with a narrower waist measurement.
  • Inverted Triangle Body Shape – This physique is characterized by an individual having wider shoulders and chest compared to their hips.
  • Rectangle Body Shape – This shape is characterized by an individual whose waist size is generally less than 9 inches narrower than their hip or bust measurements.
  • Pear Body Shape – Describes women who have hip measurements greater than their bust measurements.

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Hourglass – Boudoir Lingerie For Your Body Type

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One of my clients with a classic hour glass figure enhancing her body with a bra and panty set

Hourglass shape bodies have a shilloutte that has clearly defined curves at the bust, a waist line smaller than the bust and hips, and hips proportionate to the bust. This is the body shape men are hardwired to be attracted to and what all other body types in this list will try to get closer to with their outfit choices.

Women with this body shape should try to accentuate their hourglass shape further with their lingerie, but the exciting news is that you can choose to do this with pretty much any lingerie style you want. 

For example you can cinch in your waist line with a corset to draw more attention to your bust and hips. You can also expose your mid section to show off your natural shape with your favorite bra and panty set. 

Consider yourself one of the lucky ones with this body type and have fun experimenting with all the different options you have available to you!

Example Brands for Hourglass Shapes

Inverted Triangle – Boudoir Lingerie For Your Body Type

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One of my clients with an inverted triangle body type using a blazer to help balance her proportions

Women with an inverted triangle body type have either broad shoulders or a large bust. They also have a defined waist line, but struggle with narrow hips. If you have this body type, you will see profound enhancements to your figure if you exaggerate the size of your hips. This will not only improve your hip to waist ratio, it will increase your hip size to match your bust or shoulders bringing you closer to an hourglass proportion.

Lingerie that will help add curves to your hips include any lingerie that fits tightly at the waist and flairs out at the hips. Outfits like babydolls, tulle skirts and form fitted dresses all flair out at the hips and will all improve the figure of those with inverted triangle bodies.

Skirts in particular can also be added to other lingerie for the same effect. For instance, you could pair a teddy with a tulle or mesh skirt over it. Normally a teddy wouldn’t be a great choice for inverted tringle body types on it’s own, but with the addition of a flared skirt, this will help get you closer to an hourglass shape.

Example Brands for Inverted Triangle Shapes

Rectangle – Boudoir Lingerie For Your Body Type 

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One of my clients with a rectangle body shape

Women with rectangle bodies can be described as plus size or very slender.  If you have this body type, you likely don’t have a defined waist line and minimal (or no) waist to hip / bust ratio. To enhance this body type it’s best to embellish  this ratio with the proper lingerie styles. 

The best outfits for women with rectangle body types will be any corset or waist cincher style lingerie that you can use to reduce the size of your waist. By making your waistline smaller you’ll get your silhouette closer to an hourglass shape which will be most flattering for your body type. If you need help finding the best cheap corsets for your body type, you can check out this post for more ideas.

As a general rule I suggest women with a rectangle body type avoid lingerie styles like chemises, teddies and bustier’s as these garments won’t improve your shape. Instead I’d exaggerate the size of your bust and hips with a babydoll or chinch in your waist with the best underbust coreset you can afford. By getting an underbust corset, you can then pair it with a bra that will best enhance the size of your bust. 

The key is to exaggerate your proportions by either making your bust and hips bigger and or your waist smaller. However you decide to do it, exaggerating your waist to hip / bust ratio will be the magical formula for enhancing your figure.

Places to get corsets for Rectangle Shapes

Pear – Boudoir Lingerie For Your Body Type

One my boudoir clients with a pear body shape showing off her best features

Women with pear shaped bodies have big butts, a well defined waist line and a small chest. If your body fits this description you’d do best to try on lots of bras and buy the pushups and bralettes that make your bust look it’s fullest. By exaggerating your bust to look bigger, you’ll bring balance to your overall shilloutte.

For those that have exceptionally small breasts, seek out bralettes or other lingerie that have have shallow or no plunge lines. This will draw attention away from your lack of cleavage and will help improve your proportions.

In extreme examples it’s also not a bad idea to look at half tops with big frilly details to try and exaggerate the size of your bust and sometimes your shoulder. Sometimes even large hats can have a balancing affect to complete the hour glass shape by making your upper body appear bigger then it actually is.

Women with pear shaped bodies should also consider leaning into their strengths by choosing lingerie that highlights their butt, hip to waist ratio, legs and back. 

Example brands for Pear Shapes

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I hope this post helped shed some light on how to choose boudoir outfits for your body type. The main idea no matter your shape is to simply choose lingerie that enhances your shilloutte and balances your curves. This is the best approach when trying to figure out what lingerie to buy for your upcoming boudoir photo shoot! If you have any questions about anything, or even just want a second opinion on some lingerie you’re considering feel free to contact me here and I’d be happy to help!

Jason Guy

I am a portrait photographer based out of Sonoma, California. I create portraits for people of all ages with the goal of making images that are timeless. Portraits you will look back on decades from now, and still love them just as much then as you do today. While flattering lighting and pose are important, capturing how others see you is what I ultimately strive for.

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