One of the best accoutrements you can adorn yourself in at your boudoir session is stockings, tights or thigh highs. They help show off one of all women’s greatest assets…our legs! This also happens to be the area with the greatest amount of skin that will be shown, so why not make them look their absolute sexiest?
There is, however, a lot of confusion about the different pieces you can dress your legs with, and rightly so! But I am here today to try to help make choosing the right option for you a little less painful.
Be sure to click the text highlighted in red throughout this post to see retailer examples of different varieties of hosiery we are discussing.
First things first. Where to buy them? You can usually find them in your everyday lingerie stores. But, for a more luxurious pair here are a few of my all-time favorites…
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Be still my heart. Stockings are my absolute lingerie weakness (and the garters that go with them, of course). Always have been. Always will be. There’s just something undeniably sexy about the silky texture of them but also the act of dressing yourself in these. I’ve always had a fondness for silk stockings, in particular. However, the silk variety are usually best reserved for sexy encounters in the boudoir (preferably with a lover who appreciates the sensual nature of them) rather than in a boudoir shoot itself, as they do have a tendency to bag in the knees and ankles. Nylon is preferable for your photography session.
Stockings are often confused with thigh highs. Stockings typically have a solid band at the top, not a lace one like most thigh highs have. Stockings can only be worn with a garter belt, since they will fall down if not held up properly. Stockings are usually preferable in boudoir shoots, as thigh highs can create unsightly indentations (think muffin top but on the legs instead of the waistline) that many women do not want in their photos.
An added bonus in the necessity for a garter with stockings is that a garter can be very forgiving for women who have insecurities over their lower abdominal area (usually one of the “joys” of birthing children), as it helps camouflage this area. Yay! But, regardless, garters and stockings are just downright sexy.
Stockings with keyholes are a sexy little detail that are helpful when securing them to the garter since there is less fabric to attach it to. However, these aren’t usually as easy to find for nylon stockings in normal retail outlets. Cervin Paris definitely carries them, though. Silk stockings typically have the keyholes, which is great if you are wearing them and attaching them yourself for bedroom attire. By the way, we will always help you in attaching your garter to your stockings at your boudoir shoot. Kat is our garter guru!
Nude stockings can add a visual effect that really lengthens the legs, just like nude heels can do. They look great with colorful lingerie or the more innocent variety of white undergarments. They can also work beautifully with black lingerie. Black stockings are typically worn with black lingerie. But, another great option is nude stockings with black bands and seams. Cuban stockings also generally have the back seams but also has a unique heel area. Colorful stockings that match your colorful lingerie can make a real fashion statement, too!
Also, referred to as hold-ups, thighs highs are designed to stay up on their own, without the help of a garter belt. They usually have a thicker, decorative design on the banding such as lace. And, they typically use silicon on the inside banding to grab on to the skin to help hold them up. This makes attaching them to a garter belt more difficult. These work best on women with more muscular thighs (less body fat percentage) for boudoir photos, so you don’t have to worry about the skin above the band protruding outwards. They do have a tendency to slip downwards though which can have the unfortunate effect of visually shortening your legs, so be sure to try them out first in different poses before your shoot if you have your heart set on them.
Also, referred to as pantyhose, tights can be a fun, unexpected wardrobe piece in your boudoir photography session. These have the added bonus of acting a bit like shapewear and can smooth you out and suck you in. They can be worn alone (topless) or paired with multitude of things like a bra or a men’s white buttoned-up shirt for a sexy look. There are lots of creative ways to wear these actually! One thing to note, if cellulite is an issue for you, avoid fishnet tights, as this can prove to be quite impossible to retouch in your photos.
So, there you have it! I hope this lesson in hosiery has been not only educational but enjoyable! Which style is your favorite? I’d love to hear in the comments below!
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