Body confidence in lingerie

About two months ago I was asked to model for L'atisse, an aspiring photographer who also happens to be a wonderful friend. She sent through some inspiration pictures from Pinterest and we brainstormed ideas. Flowers, lingerie and minimal became our keywords. Now, I've never really modelled in my life. I did a shoot in Vietnam when I was 17 and used to hair model, but other than that it's just been me and a friend taking pictures for the blog, instagram or just for fun.

L'atisse asked if I was ok with lingerie and I thought there are two ways I can look at this. One is saying no because I don't have abs or a 6ft model body, I don't feel super duper confident in lingerie and what's the point. The other is to say yes and try something new! Plus, as she's a friend I'd be comfortable stripping down. Also.. why the hell not?

We listened to music and talked whilst shooting, spread flowers around me and shot some more. The longer I was half naked in front of the camera and L'atisse, the more comfortable I became. I think it shows in the pictures too.

Here's a few tips of my own on body confidence:

Fake it till you make it. Even Beyonce needs to channel Sasha Fierce sometimes, and I mean, she's Queen B. Pretend you're super confident even if you're not. You become what you think, right? You'll be amazed what your mindset can do!

Spend time in your underwear, on your own. Figure out what you feel comfortable, sexy and beautiful in. It can be high cut briefs, red lace or a bodysuit. Each to their own. Put on some good music and just chill.

Work out! I might not have an 8-pack or Kardashian curves, but going to the gym makes me feel so good about myself. I do classes and weight lifting and being surrounded by others wanting to improve their overall health and fitness is inspiring.

Invest in good lingerie. I've recently tried to shift my underwear drawer from "stuff I kind of like" to "lingerie I love". I have a couple of comfortable underwear to sleep in (read: boxers..), but the rest I do feel very good in. I am also trying to buy better quality lingerie from stores like John Lewis instead of H&M and Primark. The difference is longevity of garment, comfortability and design.

John Lewis just added Elle Macphersons new lingerie collection, and I want all of it! Her new collection is a modern approach to lingerie, with strong silhouettes and unexpected colours. She has a few black sport-inspired pieces as well as beautiful lace pieces.

john lewis, elle macpherson I really like this balconette bra. I find these types of bras the most comfortable as it gives great support. £40 elle macpherson, john lewis This is an unexpected choice but I really like the combination of nude and red! £54 And to wear the above with this.. Bikini briefs in the same beautiful red colour. £30

What do you personally do to increase your confidence when it comes to your body? Or are you perhaps confident already and would like to share your tips? Comment below :)

This post is in collaboration with John Lewis