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Types of Bridal Underwear and How to Choose One that Suits Your Dress

Types of bridal underwear

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Are you planning to walk down the aisle but are confused about how to choose your bridal undergarments? Well, with different types of wedding undergarments available, finding the right one for your big day can be a daunting task.

As the bride, it is your dream to look fabulous on your wedding day and to achieve this, you should make sure that your undergarments offer the right amount of support without showing any unwanted bumps or lines.

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In this article, we will explore the importance of having the right wedding undergarment and how to choose them. 

Why Choosing the Right Wedding Undergarment is Important

Bride choosing her bridal underwear

Putting on the wrong wedding undergarments will make you feel uncomfortable and can even ruin your wedding gown. With all the effort that we put into finding the perfect dress, it’s just as important to pick the right underwear to carry the dress off.

How to Choose Quality Wedding Undergarments

Truth be told, shopping for wedding undergarments can be as daunting as shopping for a wedding dress. That said, here are some important things you want to bear in mind when shopping for quality wedding undergarments:

1- Consider Your Gown

Bride considering her wedding dress when buying bridal underwear

Your wedding gown should be your guide to the type of bridal underwear that you need to purchase. Different types of dresses like silhouettes and necklines require different types of lingerie. 

For instance, if you are planning to wear a sheath dress, it’s ideal to find a shaping slip that offers the right support while reducing the visibilities of bulges. For princess style and A-line dresses, you can choose any type of lingerie based on your preference, as the dress tends to hide any flaws.

Mermaid dresses are a great way to show your natural curves, so you want to find lingerie that tucks in your waist without showing panty lines. 

If you go for a ball gown dress, a bustier or corset would be a good option. You can wear any style of panty since a ball gown is structured in a way that it doesn’t show any panty lines.

A backless bra also offers the right type of support and coverage for backless dresses. You can also opt for an adhesive bra that best complements the color of your wedding dress. 

2- Consider Your Body Type

garter belt for bride

When shopping for your wedding lingerie, it pays to think about your body shape and find something that looks good on you. If you have a pear-shaped body with wider hips, thighs, and butt, then you might want to try brief-style or plunging neckline underwear. 

Women with a muscular frame can show off their bodies when they wear lingerie with bold colors and a lot of straps. A full-coverage bra or V-cut panty would be a great option for apple-shaped women who are heavy on the upper part of their bodies. 

If you are a woman with shorter legs and a long torso, go for high-waisted bottoms and a crop top. This will help draw more attention to your legs and shoulders. Meanwhile, ladies with an hourglass figure and slim waists can show off their bodies with a waist cincher or garter belt. 

3- Comfort is Key

Happy plus size bride

Comfort is a very important factor to keep in mind when choosing your wedding undergarments. Since you will be wearing your undergarments from morning until later in the day, it is only right that you find something that looks good but is also very comfortable. While you may want something flashy like strappy underwear and a bedazzled bra, you might end up feeling uncomfortable as you move, sit, and dance all day.

4- Choose Color Carefully

Choosing bridal underwear color

As you shop for something sexy to slip on beneath your wedding dress, don’t forget to consider the color. You want to ensure that the undergarments you choose complement the color of your dress. Otherwise, the wrong color can ruin the color of your gown.

Many gorgeous bridal underwear choices come in colors like white, cream, and nude. These are traditional colors that are practical to wear with light-colored and traditional dresses, and they can be used even after the wedding day.

You should, however, be wary of white, especially if you are wearing a wedding dress with sheer fabric. If you choose to wear a colorful wedding gown, you can go for lingerie with the same colors or the color of your gown.

5- Plan in Advance

It is advised to choose your wedding lingerie in advance to make sure you make the right choice on what will give you comfort the entire day. Take the time and give a lot of thought into what you desire in wedding undergarments.

You will even find that some gowns come with built-in cups or bras that resemble a corset. With such a gown, you won’t need to shop for bras. The aim is to ensure that you find something that will fit your body perfectly.

6- Carry Your Undergarments to Each Alteration

Bride at her wedding dress alteration

Whatever type of undergarment you choose, make sure that you bring them along as you go to your alteration appointments. This way, you will see whether the undergarments give you the shape you desire with the chosen dress. Some stores sell wedding undergarments, allowing you to find the right set for your dress.

Different Types of Wedding Underwear

Now that we’ve talked about some buying considerations, let’s now move on to the following wedding underwear types you should buy:

1- Bras

Bridal bra options

Bras are a great way to make a sexy statement both on the wedding day and night. When shopping for bras for your wedding, it’s important to consider the size of your bust and the type of dress you are planning to wear.

Are you considering wearing a strapless dress made of sheer material? There are different types of bras to choose from including push-up, bralette, bustier, and many more.

If you have a big chest, you might want to opt for a strapless quality bra or one with straps that run across the back. Avoid stick-on cups as they are unlikely to provide the support and comfort that you need for the day.

If you have a small bust, you can find a wireless bra to wear with your gown. Also known as a bralette, this bra comes without the underwire and is a great choice for women who have smaller breasts and don’t need much support. If you want to add more volume, a bustier will do the trick. 

2- Slips

bridal slips

Another popular way to achieve the right support and smooth definition for your dress is by wearing a slip. The type of slip you choose will depend on the type of wedding dress you have in mind.

If you want to wear a mermaid or trumpet wedding dress, go for a slip that not only enhances your silhouette but also creates a seamless appearance. This is very important since these gowns fit snugly which can show lines from your undergarments.

For ball gown dresses, a light slip will do just fine. You may also want to have a hoop beneath the slip to prevent the fabric from clustering as you dance. Similar to a ball gown, slips are needed for A-line dresses so as to fill out the fabric. Most people prefer medium fullness slips, but a full slip is a better choice if you want to enhance the width of your gown.

Another type of wedding gown that would require a slip is the sheath or column dress. A slip makes it possible to achieve an ideal look and ensures that the dress accentuates certain parts of your body without drawing attention to other body parts.

3- Shapewear

shapewear for brides

Shapewear is another wedding undergarment that can help you attain your ideal body shape in no time. There are different types of shapewear that brides can choose for their wedding dresses. They include the following:

  • Bodysuit shapewear – this type of shapewear offers ultimate coverage and helps flatten your stomach, lift the bust, support your breasts, and smooth your thighs below the fabric.
  • Spanx – Spanx is a classic shapewear that helps slim down or plum up your look. It is mostly worn to give ball gowns a fuller look.
  • Briefs – briefs offer more coverage and provide a smooth and flawless appearance. If you don’t want any visible lines when wearing your mermaid dress, you might want to try wearing briefs.
  • Corset – if you want to feel sexy on your wedding day, look no further than a corset. This shapewear helps boost the cleavage and slim the waist to create an hourglass shape. It also offers plenty of support. But it can be uncomfortable to wear.
  • Compression style waist clincher – if you are planning to wear a dress that is form-fitting on the waist and you are worried about forming curves on the abdomen, then this shapewear is what you need. This compression material ensures that your dress maintains its shape by creating smooth lines.