The underwear you wear is the basis of your look on your wedding day, and the right foundation can improve the fit of your dress.
“Your underwear helps shape the shape and structure of your dress and the way it drapes over your body,” said Lori Kaplan, Founder and Owner of Bra Offers At New York.
Ms. Kaplan suggests choosing underwear before you even commit to buying your dress and taking it with you to your fittings. “I recommend finding shapewear and foundation options first that will suit the dresses you are considering.”
She added: “So many brides have dreamed of their wedding dress since childhood that when it comes time to choose their dress, they may not have considered how their adult form will fit into the dream dress, and if, for example, this open back the dress will work with 34H cups, ”she said.
It is also recommended to get a bra fit to find your correct size and fit. “Seek professional help in a boutique when shopping for your bra and underwear,” said Ms Kaplan, who offers virtual dates to help brides choose the right underwear. for their dress. “There are many options available, so don’t be afraid to try different shapewear solutions until you find the one that’s right for you. “
If you can’t make it to a lingerie store or you’re short on time, Wacoal’s mybraFit The app can help you find the right bra size using measurements taken from scanned images of your body (which are then deleted for privacy) and answers to questions about your shape and size .
The level of comfort is also important. Remember: you will be wearing your underwear and dress for several hours to eat, dance and party. Gabrielle Hurwitz, a New York and Los Angeles-based bridal fashion stylist recommends breaking your underwear while wearing it around the house before the wedding. “You should be able to put on your underwear and forget you’re wearing it,” she said.
Here is a guide to choosing your bridal underwear according to the silhouette or style of your wedding dress.
These classic silhouettes with a fitted bodice and a loose or flowing skirt offer the most options for underwear and underwear. Because both styles do a great job of concealing underwear, you can wear a more structured base like a corset to lift your bust and cinch your waist for an hourglass shape.
“Corsets can take your waistline up to two inches and give the support you need in a strapless dress,” said Liz Sellassie, owner of Bridal designer loft At New York. “We love those of Dominica because of their bones and their support. We often sew the corset to the inside of the dress to keep it from being visible and to make the bride feel more comfortable.
If you want to accentuate your waist, a corset – like Dominique Colette ($ 79) – is a good choice. But, if you don’t need the extra shaping, try a long bra, which thins with less compression and stays in place and supports better than a strapless bra because it sits on. ends at a natural waist. Try it Dominica Balconette bra Noemi ($ 49), or perfect Elissa Bustier ($ 58) if you have fuller breasts.
The construction of your bodice will determine which corset or bra you choose. “You will need a foundation that mimics the neckline and back of your dress,” Ms. Hurwitz said. If your dress has a plunging neckline, try a long bra with a deep V, like Is fine Marquise plunge bra ($ 109). For a backless dress, try a corset-style strapless bra with a low back, such as B. Tempted by Wacoal’s Future Foundation Strapless Bra ($ 55). Also keep the fabric of your dress in mind and look for underwear that fits perfectly underneath without adding bulk.
Mermaid and Trumpet
If you are wearing a fitted dress, pay attention to the seams of your foundation. “Underwear like corsets and long bras are not suitable for mermaid and trumpet silhouettes because the lines of the shapewear can be seen under the fabric, so strapless bras are usually the best choice for these dress styles, ”Ms. Kaplan said. Wear a strapless bra that gives you enough lift and support, such as by Wacoal Red Carpet Strapless Underwire Bra ($ 68). You can also consult your seamstress on the possibility of adding bonings or cups for structure and lift.
The most important thing to note when looking at shapewear for a mermaid or trumpet dress is how the foundation fits around your waist, hips and legs and where your dress flares out. . “The seams should be flat and the shapewear should extend past where the skirt of your dress flares out,” Ms. Hurwitz said. “If your dress flares out at your knees, you need a shapewear that goes beyond so you don’t see the break between the undergarment and your dress. To try Spanx Power Capri ($ 26).
Make sure to check how you look in your dress from all angles. Notice how the skirt of your dress feels when you walk; If the fabric gets stuck between your legs when you move, you can wear panties to keep your dress from settling, as well as to smooth and enhance your figure, Ms. Hurwitz said. To try Spanx Half-Slip SmartGrip ($ 68). To avoid the dreaded visible panty line, wear a seamless thong with raw edges in a shade close to your skin tone or the shade of your dress, such as Commandos Plain classic thong ($ 22).
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Sheath dress and nightie
The appeal of a sheath dress or babydoll is how it skims your curves rather than hugs them. That said, you don’t need to feel pressured to slim down every inch of your underwear. “I think there is a misconception that because it’s your wedding day you have to wear fit clothes and vacuum everything,” Ms. Hurwitz said. “Whether or not you wear underwear under your wedding dress is a personal choice. Because your dress won’t be fitted, you can usually get away with wearing foundation with less compression, such as panties that provide shaping without being too restrictive. To try Maidenform Built-in bra brief ($ 68).
Depending on your sheath dress, you could also wear a strapless bra with a high waist that flattens your tummy and smoothes your thighs. “Make the shapewear start right under your bra and end just above your knees, so you don’t have any visible lines under your dress, ”Ms. Sellassie said. To try Is fine Lisse Couture Tights ($ 75). If you’d rather forgo shapewear, wear seamless underwear in a nude shade.
Slip-on dresses tend to be the least tolerant dress silhouette when it comes to underwear. This style is often best without restrictive foundation, but if you want coverage, look for fit clothes that can smooth you out all over a full line, like a seamless bodysuit like Ender Legard Seamless Backless Shapewear Bodysuit ($ 349) or Spanx Fits Your Fancy Medium Control Strapless Bodysuit ($ 148).
Strapless, thin straps and one shoulder
According to Ms. Kaplan, a strapless bra is one of the essential pieces every woman should have in her wardrobe. Look for one with cups deep enough to hold you securely, side bonings for shaping, and a wide, comfy band that won’t slip. “A strapless bra from your current favorite bra brand is a good place to start,” said Maradee Wahl, the creative director of Los Angeles-based Dear Maradee Bridal Styling. “One with minimal detailing and a seamless construction is best for a wedding dress, so it doesn’t show under your dress.” To try that of Simone Pérèle Essential strapless bra ($ 79), or Sculptor Dana strapless bra ($ 83) for fuller sizes.
Open back and open sides
A dress with a sexy back calls for a foundation that discreetly offers lift, shaping and support. “A strapless bodysuit or bra with a low, open back can help fill the bust and avoid gaping in the bodice of your backless dress,” Ms. Sellassie said. “While your seamstress can add cups to your dress, they usually don’t provide as much lift or support as real underwear can. ” To try Is fine Backless thong bodysuit ($ 85).
Adhesive bras and duct tape have become popular staple alternatives for brides. the NuBra Feather-Lite Adhesive Bra ($ 35) is a great option for lifting and supporting without being seen in a backless dress or an open-sided dress. This backless, strapless adhesive bra offers ingenious coverage and control of the neckline, and goes all the way up to the G cup. BrassyBra ($ 38), which was partly inspired by a red carpet wardrobe hack, lets you go totally bra-less but still have lift and support. Made from a medical grade disposable adhesive, it’s available in a variety of shades to match your skin tone, applies like a second skin for lift and support, and stays comfortably in place all day. You can also add BrassyBra’s This little extra ($ 12) Adhesive strips for added shaping and support and to personalize your blanket.