It’s easy to get overwhelmed when planning a wedding, and choosing the right wedding undergarments may be the last thing on your mind amidst the cake tastings, venue tours, and hair/makeup trials. When you look back on your day, you’re going to remember how you looked and felt, so figuring out your undergarment game-plan ahead of time is essential!
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Undergarments can smooth out your figure, offer bust support, conceal underwear lines, and enhance or minimize areas. Keep in mind, they aren’t “magic,” they largely depend on the silhouette of your dress, and you may decide to not wear undergarments at all. In an effort to keep this blog post concise, we will omit discussion of slips (petticoats). See our previous blog post where we touch on that topic. Read on to learn about 5 options for bridal undergarments.
1) THE CORSET
If you’re familiar with corsets, you know that steel-boned corsets offer the best durability and assist in altering your body shape. You can “waist-train” with a steel-boned corset by first “seasoning” it (similar to how leather shoes need to be “broken-in”). This takes dedication over time and will not work for everyone. It’s recommended to wear these corsets for at about 8 hours a day. Some people see a reduction in their waistline after 6 months as they’re gradually tightening the lacing over time. Let’s say you bought a dress off-the-rack and it’s slightly tight on you in the waist area. Waist-training for the few months leading up to your wedding (along with healthy diet and exercise) can help you fit into that dress more comfortably. Warning: Wearing corsets can be dangerous if taken to the extreme. Read the Pros & Cons here.
Keep in mind that wearing a steel-boned corset under your wedding dress may not be an option depending on the dress silhouette and material—especially dresses that are revealing, fabrics that cling, or silhouettes that would be slim-fitting around the hem of the corset. In these circumstances, plastic or rigaline corsets made of a fabric that glides over your curves will perform better. We highly recommend limiting the number of times you wear a plastic or rigaline corset—wear these only when trying on, at dress fittings, and on your wedding day. They come in a variety of styles— we especially love the ones that come with a built-in bra and feature a bra strap hook closure. Not only do they provide comfort and support, but they also reduce the unwanted bulk and chance of breakage that comes with lacing or zipper closures.
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Well-fitting shapewear will smooth out your silhouette—great for eliminating the visibility of panty lines. They come in a variety of shapes, styles, and colors. Depending on your situation, you will want to choose either a color that matches your dress, a color that matches your skin tone, or nude. Let’s say you decide on a standard white, strapless, sweetheart wedding dress. You’ll want a white, sweetheart built-in bra shapewear piece so that if the bra pops out while you’re dancing, the color matches your dress and isn’t as noticeable. Maybe you have a dress with small portions of lace around the waist where the skin would show through. Skin-colored shapewear would be suitable in this situation. And finally, no matter what your skin-tone is, a sheer white or ivory dress will look best paired with nude shapewear to provide opacity. White or black shapewear would be too visible under a sheer dress.
3) BRA CUPS
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Another option is to ask your dressmaker or seamstress for sewn-in bra cups. At AYDÖRE, we can install standard or push-up bra cups to your custom-designed dress or to existing dresses. What’s nice is that it’s attached to your dress, so it’s one less thing to remember to bring. If the bra cups don’t have an ideal spot to be sewn in, then we would recommend “sticky” bra cups. They adhere directly to your skin and are often advertised for single use. Please note: If you have a bust on the larger side, you may feel these options don’t provide enough support.
4) GAFFER/MASKING TAPE
Gaffer Tape, masking tape, duct tape—whatever you can find. It was made popular after Kim Kardashian revealed it was her secret to wearing plunging necklines. Pro: It works for a variety of bust sizes. Con: It can take some time to apply. If you’re unfamiliar with Gaffer Tape, you’ll want to experiment with the “sculptural art” and maybe watch a Youtube tutorial or two. The thicker the tape, the better, and look for transparent tape—or ideally, a color close to your skin-tone!
Even though it’s not technically an undergarment, we wanted to mention Fashion Tape! It’s double-sided tape where one side sticks to your skin and the other side sticks to your dress. Just be careful because the conditions have to be perfect for Fashion Tape to work: you need to have clean, dry skin (not moist or sweaty), the fabric needs to be between light and medium-weight (and not a delicate fabric), and you need to avoid repositioning it or it will loose it’s stickiness.
5) PETALS OR BARE
Sometimes less is more with wedding day undergarments. Check out our Dusty Rose Collection, which we made as an option for brides who value comfort for their wedding day. All of our models simply wore petals and a skin-colored thong with each look. There are many reasons why someone might want to go bare (or nearly bare): Maybe your dress already has a corset feature or plenty of built-in support. Maybe your dress is very revealing and it’s your only option. Maybe you’re more comfortable that way! Whatever you choose, it’s your day, so remember to be unapologetically you!
Which will you choose and why? Comment below!