Lingerie: What should I wear?

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What should I wear?

Let’s face it  – he thinks you’re sexy because you know you are. For many, lingerie shopping can be daunting, especially just before a photo-shoot or a romantic night in. What fits? What looks good? What fits the budget? Will I look silly in this outfit? With a little flexibility and patience, you will find pieces that express who you are so your true essence will come out on film. I will photograph you in a beautiful light, so that your true essence will shine through.

Boudoir_Photography_Austin_Texas_ViviansMuse
Boudoir_Photography_Austin_Texas_ViviansMuse

Help me tell your story by picking lingerie that suits you. I am also available to help: don’t be afraid to give me a call and ask about my personal shopping experiences. I also have tons of lingerie, props and jewels to add to your retreat, so don’t spend all your money before you come shoot!

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The first and most important point to remember is that you need to feel comfortable. If you feel awkward, itchy, or tight, you won’t look your best. Make sure you find something that you can be confident in. Sizing can be tricky. Most lingerie stores take your measures in-store. Determine your size for your bust (around your nipples), your band (below your breasts), natural waist (where you bend), and hips (the widest part of your legs).

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Most lingerie is measured in inches. Now, I have found many women don’t know the proper size or believe that lingerie is supposed to be “true to fit” – meaning if you are larger in the pant area, then naturally your panties should be a size large. THIS IS NOT TRUE. I have dressed many women is sizes “too small” only to find that their asses look smaller than they imagined and their “saggy, post-breast-feeding boobs” look fabulous because it is all about the fit.

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Everything is personal to you, because you are special. Let’s talk aesthetics. Black lace serves for a classic look and looks phenomenal against the salmon fainting couch. Reds and pinks are also common, yet I personally like jewel tones and anything that contrasts the color of your hair and skin. Once again, color has to do with your personality, so choose the colors that make you feel how you want to feel. Less is always more, and a sexy pair of Hanky Panky will go farther than a ridiculously high-waisted undie covering half your body. Show some skin!

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Boudoir_Photography_Austin_Texas_ViviansMuse
Boudoir_Photography_Austin_Texas_ViviansMuse

Silk is great for a chic, relaxed look. I love the full-on thigh-high garter belt look one can find at Agent Provocateur, but I don’t think it is the best look for me. Cheeky-style panties are popular, and they come in tons of materials and prices. I personally love one-piece bodysuits.

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I think they are empowering and make me feel like a superwoman. You may feel the most powerful in a fun maid outfit or just your cowboy boots and lacy undies. Once again this is about self expression, so use the materials and colors to express yourself. Be wary of the price tags on lingerie.

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Rest assured that the high-end products may claim to last the longest, yet he will love and appreciate you going for a few “trashy/sexy” looks that are less serious and more fun. Wear fun, sexy lingerie. It doesn’t have to be expensive to be fabulous. If you actually put the effort into lingerie, it will usually be ripped off quickly anyway, so why spend $500 on a piece that will end up on the floor? This is for yourself anyway, so why not spend your money on better things? Take the time to actually wear your lingerie every day you can. This day is special.

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Wearing Graham & Spencer vest and Frederick’s of Hollywood body suit. Goddess jewelry to top off the “hippie chic” look. We recommend the following stores and websites for lingerie: La Perla; Agent Provocateur- Sexy, powerful. Too expensive?

Boudoir_Photography_Austin_Texas_ViviansMuse
Boudoir_Photography_Austin_Texas_ViviansMuse

You work hard, you deserve it; Etsy.com- Handmade lingerie always makes me feel unique. I also like to support other artists like myself; Petticoat Fair- I love that they have all cup sizes! Beautiful classic lingerie for a woman of any size or pin-up proportion. Book with Vivian’s Muse and receive 10% off for a limited time.

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Ask about how the Signature Body retreat can help you get comfortable in your own skin again; Victoria’s Secret- Classic and timeless, a mid-range option with lots of colors and choices of styles. I would say mix up the sets for a more interesting looks. YOU DON’T have to be matchy, matchy on everything; Target- MY FAVORITE, affordable, fun and sexy. Check out Target before you splurge on that one overpriced piece at Teddies For Bettys. Ross- Once again, this store is hit-or-miss, but you may just find that magical hit; Vintage Shops – Inquire about our personal vintage shopping experiences, where I will take you to the best shops in town to get classic pieces to incorporate into your retreat; Frederick’s of Hollywood – Yes, it is trashy, so what? We will not only make it look high-end in the shoot, but your special someone likes you in trashy lingerie just the same; Nordstrom – Classic selections, red soles can be found at this place. Maya Star- Beautiful, fun shop to accessorize your outfits. This store is an Austin staple, and the owner is a wonderful person. Lover’s Lane- Fun, SUPER cheap and sexy.

The Bazaar- A fun shop filled with some sexy pieces and one-of-a-kind jewelry. If you give them enough time, they have tons of catalogs with unbelievably high (up to 7-8inches!!!) shoes for great prices; Heels & Candy- A fun store with a great price-point. Beautiful lingerie for affordable prices and lots of fun shoes to choose from. She also has lots of catalogs, so don’t be afraid to ask!

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Lingerie shopping doesn’t have to be a hassle. Just remember to feel comfortable, be confident, and enjoy the moment! I am here to help. I offer personalized image consulting services as well as lifestyle services. As a life coach, stylist & photographer, I am here to help you shine and create a future of your design. I am here to capture the side of you that is always there, peeking out from the different things you own.

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Remember that everything you own is a FALSE IDOL of yourself and not your true self. If you align yourself with your true self, you can achieve anything because your value or self-worth is not based on your physical possessions or things but by your integrity. The integrity of who you really are, what the love of your life will see in you when you see it in yourself.

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