The Modern Trousseau

Trousseau. It’s an old-fashioned word meaning the clothes, lingerie and linen collected by a bride for her marriage. Getting married provides a woman with an excellent opportunity to indulge in a stunning array of lingerie. From actual wedding day undergarments to what to take on the honeymoon, Barbara Gilbert of Barbara’s New Beginnings in Fort Wayne has plenty of suggestions.

“A new bride deserves to look and feel her best, so her lingerie wardrobe should have pieces that fit and flatter her shape. A woman’s every day bra should have a shape she loves and should be comfortable,” says Gilbert.

Gilbert recommends purchasing a matching bra and panty sets by the French luxury brand Empreinte. The company “offers a custom-fit look with beautiful style, delicate details and gorgeous lift.

Every bride wants to look and feel fabulous beneath her outer clothes. Other items that should be included in the proper honeymoon trousseau are “chemises, bodysuits and slips with built-in bras (that) look like they were made to fit perfectly and inspire confidence.” For those brides who feel the need for a little help, there’s no need for ugly underwear: “Even shapewear by French brand Simone Perele has seamless lace edges for a sleek and feminine fit,” Gilbert says.

If you’re looking for pieces that can do double duty, consider that “multiway bras can be worn in a variety of positions, including halter, oneshoulder or securely strapless.” In addition to looking sexy while you are relaxing with your bridegroom, “smoother, modern corsets can not only be worn with wedding gowns but also strapless dresses.”

Gilbert’s best advice for brides is “invest in pieces that make you feel beautiful! Find styles that you love and make you look and feel your best.”

Check out the shop’s offerings at 4705 Illinois Road, Suite 108, call (260) 432-9939 or go to

The benefits of lingerie extend beyond the honeymoon. Some local women are choosing to commemorate their wedding with boudoir photography. A Modern Beauty & Portraiture is a professional photography studio specializing in fine art boudoir photography. Rachel Tucker, style manager and Tina Hursh, owner and photographer, wade in jointly with how boudoir photography benefits women.

“When a woman feels beautiful and sexy, her confidence increases times 1,000 and it shows! With that confidence, our clients are able to overcome the vulnerability of being in lingerie that some may feel (if they’re not completely confident) and see the validation in a photograph that they really ARE that beautiful and usually MORE than what they believe of themselves, is a huge self-esteem booster.”

By having these photos taken of themselves, “They truly see what others (i.e.: their fiancé) see on the outside mixed with feeling so good on the inside, it’s a complete circle.” The session is a complete experience: “Having make up applied correctly and learning pointers, having their hair done beautifully and sexy, having help to make sure their lingerie fits them correctly and photographed with proper techniques and angles, our clients feel like supermodels throughout the entire experience.”

A photo session is an ideal time for the bride to do something for herself: “With all of the stress that wedding planning can cause, getting dolled up and feeling gorgeous in beautiful lingerie is a wonderful way to remind women to do a little something for themselves (that their future husbands can also benefit from as well). The confidence increase is what empowers women; to pause and remember that despite the craziness of life and wedding planning, they are beautiful and sexy is so important and key for overall confidence.

“Confidence increases beauty,” they conclude.

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Drema Drudge received her MFA in Creative Writing at Spalding University and has had her fiction most recently published in The Louisville Review, Mused, ATG, Mother Earth News, and Penumbra. She is a frequent contributor to the popular Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Drema is married to musician Barry Drudge. They have two grown children, Mia and Zack. Feel free to visit Drema's website where she explores her passion for writing about art at

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