2017 edition of "Where the &*#$ do I buy my lingerie for my boudoir session?!" | Duluth, MN Photography

You may remember my last blog post on buying lingerie.  Well I am back with an updated list to share where most of our lingerie comes from!  We have well over 200 pieces in our closet, and I don't want to brag, but we know what we are talking about when it comes to lingerie!  Some of the information is the same, but we definitely have some new goodies in here for you :).

Once again, I will preface like last time, that this is one of the questions that I get asked the most, when girls want to book a session, is what to wear.  It's tough!  As if your nerves weren't freaking out over having to be half naked in front of a camera, and an almost stranger, but you have to pick out what you think looks best, and were the heck to even start?! Let this post help you :)

Victoria's Secret lingerie photographed by Duluth Boudoir Photography by Mad Chicken Studio | photographer Jes Hayes

Victoria's Secret: This is probably one of my favorite places that I shop, and one of the most expensive place that I shop, and when they have a sale, I stock up.  Their pieces are good quality, and seem to be my most popular pieces. They are tried and true, and I do love that they are carrying more of a variety of sizes... especially online.  What I don't like is that they have different items in the store and online.  If I can't find the size I need in the store, I would love to be able to find it online, and that is not always an option.

BooHoo bodysuit lingerie photographed by Duluth Boudoir Photography by Mad Chicken Studio | photographer Jes Hayes

BooHoo: This is probably where most of our inventory came from the second half of this year.  I primarily shop their bodysuits, but occasionally, other items make their way to the studio as well.  What I love about this site, is that they really have sizes for everyone.  Their bodysuits even break down to tall and petite if average sizing doesn't cut it for you.  Make sure that you order with plenty of time in advance.  They are located in the UK, so it does take a little longer to receive your order.

Victoria's Secret lingerie photographed by Duluth Boudoir Photography by Mad Chicken Studio | photographer Jes Hayes

Frederick's of Hollywood: Decent quality {not as good as Victoria's Secret, but still good}.  I really only shop here when they have a sale.  Their pieces run small, short, and sometimes the pieces fit a little weird.  The nice thing is that I am not trying stuff on for personal use, so I can blindly grab and order. 

H&M lingerie photographed by Duluth Boudoir Photography by Mad Chicken Studio | photographer Jes Hayes

H&M: They have a smaller inventory, and I really only search their bodysuits {teddies}.  Their pieces are gorgeous and super popular in our closet.  Their smaller sizes are ridiculously short in the torso.  If you are a size 4, and have a longer body, this is not your store.

Forever 21 bodysuit lingerie photographed by Duluth Boudoir Photography by Mad Chicken Studio | photographer Jes Hayes

Forever21: I really only shop their bodysuits, but the occasional crop top or sheer dress sneaks in there.  I never shop their intimates section.  They do have awesome options for bodysuits, and get used often.  They do run a little small, and if you are over a size 10-12, you may find yourself disappointed with their regular store.  BUT they recently launched a plus line, and their stuff is CUTE.

Charlotte Russe lingerie photographed by Duluth Boudoir Photography by Mad Chicken Studio | photographer Jes Hayes

Charlotte Russe: I actually shop their regular clothing, over their intimates.  Their regular clothing section is revealing enough that you feel like you are wearing lingerie.  Their clothing runs small and doesn't have a lot of stretch to them.  Their bodysuits are great, but I have also picked up some crop tops and dresses that use some sheer fabric.

Adore Me lingerie photographed by Duluth Boudoir Photography by Mad Chicken Studio | photographer Jes Hayes

Adore Me: You can sign up for a subscription with this site, for perks and sales {which are completely worth it, if you ask me}.  Their stuff is really pretty, but I have noticed that they put their efforts into adding more bras and underwear, and not necessarily lingerie pieces.  Sizing seems to be fairly true, and the pricing is reasonable with around $40 per piece. The pieces I have ordered so far have really soft textiles, so comfort level is a little higher.  They have beautiful plus size pieces as well.

Yandy lingerie photographed by Duluth Boudoir Photography by Mad Chicken Studio | photographer Jes Hayes

Yandy.com: This is one of those bargain sites.  They have sales daily, that are almost too good to ignore.  The pieces are obviously a little lower in quality, but unless you plan on wearing these pieces often enough for it to be an issue, they are great pieces.  You do have a sort through some cheesy options, but they also have some really awesome unique options.  Some of our most popular pieces are from here.  They also have a subscription option to save even more.  The sizing seems to be pretty spot on, and they have nice plus size options, as well.  Usually shipping is a concern with sites like this, but the shipping is fast!

Nasty Gal lingerie photographed by Duluth Boudoir Photography by Mad Chicken Studio | photographer Jes Hayes

Nasty Gal:  I really used to love this site, and I am super saddened to be typing this.  Nasty Gal went Bankrupt recently and sold to another company.  Clearly this means a sale, and you know how much this girl loves a good lingerie sale.  Well, my order arrived, and not only was it incorrect, but damaged.  Because they are in transition to the new company, they have given up.  They refused to fix the error, issue a refund, or even talk to me.  Their solution?  Call my bank and file a dispute.  Needless to say, when they are done with "transition" I will not be shopping.  I encourage you to find lingerie elsewhere.

ASOS lingerie photographed by Duluth Boudoir Photography by Mad Chicken Studio | photographer Jes Hayes

ASOS: LOVE this site!  However, it can be like jumping down a rabbit hole.  They have so many gorgeous, high quality pieces with a variety of prices.  Be prepared to spend some time looking on this site.  All of the pieces we have in our closet from ASOS are very popular.

 

PLACES I HAVE NOT USED:

Lane Bryant: I have personally never ordered from here, at this point, but some of my clients have.  They have beautiful bras for larger sizes {DDD-G cups are represented}.  They are a little more on the expensive side, but worth it for the shape they create.

Hips and Curves: I haven't had a chance to order from here yet, either.  But they do have beautiful plus size options.  I know a handful of other boudoir photographers that use this site.  I feel like they do not have a ton of variety, which is why I haven't ordered there yet.

Torrid: Another store for plus size pieces.  I have heard that they are not as comfortable, but still purchased because they are cute.

Etsy: Obviously be careful on this site.  Make sure pieces are ready to ship, or you could be waiting months to receive your order.  Also, make sure that they have close up shots of the pieces that are being sold... make sure the seams are clean, and not puckered, as this will show in your images, and you MUST look at their sizing guides.  Be very careful of sellers overseas, as there are a lot of rip off sites.

I hope this guide is helpful for you!  Obviously you want to make sure that you try on everything prior to arriving for your session... and remember, if you aren't comfortable in what you are wearing, just say no!  You can't hide uncomfortable from the camera :).