Where the &*#$ do I shop for lingerie?

ligerie shopping guide from duluth boudoir photographer mad chicken studio victoria's secret

Besides pricing questions {which is shown on my website}, the question that I am asked most, is where to shop for lingerie.  I have a pretty large boudoir closet at my studio for girls to use, but I always suggest that clients bring 3-4 outfit options of their own, just in case they do not see anything that they like in their size.  I decided to put together a list of places that I have shopped, along with my thoughts on their lingerie, and maybe some things to watch for :).

Victoria's Secret: This is probably my favorite place that I shop, and probably 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.

ligerie shopping guide from duluth boudoir photographer mad chicken studio victoria's secret

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, 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: 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.

ligerie shopping guide from duluth boudoir photographer mad chicken studio h&m

Forever21: I strictly only shop their bodysuits, and not their intimates section.  They 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.

ligerie shopping guide from duluth boudoir photographer mad chicken studio forever 21

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 {which is somewhat upsetting ;)}.  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.

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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}.  We just signed up with them, and everything I have seen from them has blown me away with how pretty it is!  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.

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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.  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!

ligerie shopping guide from duluth boudoir photographer mad chicken studio yandy

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.

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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.

Lace.com: I just heard about this site from another photographer.  She seemed really impressed with the pieces.

ligerie shopping guide from duluth boudoir photographer mad chicken studio victoria's secret

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

Nastygal.com: From the sounds of it, it is much like yandy.com

ligerie shopping guide from duluth boudoir photographer mad chicken studio yandy

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.

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 :).

ligerie shopping guide from duluth boudoir photographer mad chicken studio victoria's secret