Choosing the right wedding dress can be a hectic endeavor. But a majorly understated part of the process is picking the right bridal undergarments that go with it.

What you wear under your gown can make or break the look.  The right kind will enhance the features of your dress and make you feel fabulous from within.

But the wrong choice will be highly uncomfortable and unflattering. So, it’s important to get down to the nitty-gritty details when picking your bridal undergarments.

Starting from the design of your dress to the weather – everything should be considered. We’re here to help you with those difficult choices.

So, keep reading for a basic idea on what to wear beneath your bridal attire!

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What to Look for in Your Bridal Undergarments

Here are some of the things that you should consider when buying undergarments for your special day.

The Color Matters

If you’re one of those people that don’t care about matching bridal underwear – I’ve got news for you! On your wedding day, the color of your undergarments is definitely a big deal.

For light-colored gowns, don’t wear colors like red or blue, because this will show through and create a weird shade. And, if you’re wearing white, even white undergarments will be somewhat visible.

Black undergarments are actually the least likely to be visible under white. However, according to Faveable, the safest and best option is to wear something nude or close to your skin color. This is guaranteed to blend in with your clothes, give you an awesome shape and keep your wedding dress the star of the show.

Simple is the Way to Go

Lingerie is stunning, and it’s only normal to want to wear the best on your wedding day. But take my advice and ditch the lace and other added details. Instead, save those for the honeymoon!

Your bridal underwear on this day should no doubt be pretty. After all, a girl needs to feel beautiful and sexy inside and out. But the simpler you go, the better. At least, if you want to avoid panty lines, bumps, and rumpled material.

Bows, ribbons, and even elastic will show up through your dress and distract people from its gorgeousness. In fact, it’s probably the wisest choice to just wear shapewear, because they have the smoothest texture.

Comfort is Key

You’ll be wearing your wedding gown and the undergarments for a long time. You also have to walk around in it, eat, and even dance. So, don’t forget about comfort when choosing a pair of underwear to go underneath.

The material of your undergarments should be soft and light. Trust me, you’ll be wary enough of the high heels and the glamorous dress. So, why add the extra suffering with scratchy and uncomfortable underwear?

Also, keep in mind what sort of weather the day will have. If you’re getting married outdoors in the summer, surely you don’t want to be wrapped in a corset that won’t let you breathe.

Not to mention the heat, and the uncontrollable sweat patches that will show up through your dress!

Fitted Undergarments Will Make all the Difference

Just like your wedding dress, your undergarments also need to be well-fitted. In fact, you should bring your wedding day undergarments for every dress fitting appointment as well.  

This will ensure that your dress and underwear are perfectly form fitting and matching. It will also help prevent any unexpected fashion disasters.

It’s best to initially go to a lingerie boutique and get tailored professionally. If you don’t like the items there, at least you’ll know your size.

This way, you can buy shapewear or bras from more affordable places in the right size. The size actually plays an important role in how your dress looks and how comfortable you feel.

Underwear that is too tight will give you a wedgie, and the bra straps will dig into your skin. Undergarments that are too loose will have to be adjusted throughout the day and will ruin the shape of your dress.

Undergarment Choices for Different Wedding Gowns

Wedding gowns come in all shapes, sizes, and designs. Luckily, with all the new bridal trends, solutions for underwear have not lagged behind either.

Here’s a basic guide for undergarment choices with popular wedding dress designs for you to follow.

Strapless Gowns

Everybody loves the classic strapless gown. Be it the sweetheart neckline or a bandage style dress, it’s the perfect chance to show off your beautiful collar bones.

Visible bra straps will definitely mess up the look you’re going for. So for these cases, you should ask for some padded bras, sewn into your dress.

If that’s not possible, a non-slip bra is a good choice as well. Just make sure it fits well and stays beneath the neckline.

Backless Dresses

Backless wedding gowns are a whole other level of sexiness and sophistication. For these types of dresses, adhesive sticky bras are a good option.

However, make sure that these are of the highest quality, and will hold up throughout your wedding. If you’re more on the heavy side, it’s best to get some additional bra support attached to your dress.

You could even ask for a bodysuit or a bustier fitted specifically to your dress. This will give your body great shape and hold up your boobs for the perfect amount of cleavage.

Mermaid and Trumpet Designs

Mermaid and Trumpet gowns are truly a work of art. These dresses create the perfect silhouettes, accentuating your curves in all the right places. But because of their tight fit, the undergarments need to stick to your body as well.

That’s why it’s best to wear shapewear like bodysuits or spanx for gowns like these. These keep all the lumps in your tummy and thighs away and give your body the perfect shape.

You’d be surprised at the variety of shapewear available – from minimal to maximum coverage, for all body types. So, don’t worry about feeling suffocated. But there is a downfall to shapewear – bathroom breaks are going to be difficult!

Dresses with Plunging Necklines

Plunging necklines are all the rage right now. They’re alluring and elegant, and add a sense of high-class fashion to any bridal wear.

But you can be certain that a normal bra won’t work out for your low-cut dress. Rather, a low-cut bodysuit would be more suitable. Low-cut bras are also an option, but they might be difficult to find if your neckline is very deep.

In that case, there’s no other option but to use fashion tape and sewed cups for your boobs. Just make sure that whatever you wear is supporting your sides properly to avoid sagginess.

Halter or One Shoulder Dresses

Most halter dresses usually have low cut necklines. Shoulder dresses, on the other hand, usually have higher necklines. So, for these types of dress, strapless or convertible bras are usually a good option.

Keep in mind that your strapless bra needs to be a little tighter than usual. This will stop the hassle of having to adjust it repeatedly. But, you should also feel comfortable enough throughout the day.

And remember, having it too tight might actually create unnecessary back fat, which is not a good look!

A-Line and Ball Gowns

A-line dresses and ball gowns are ideal for brides who want to feel and look like a princess. What’s more, they look good on almost everyone and are the easiest to find undergarments for.

The dresses flare out from the waist, so you don’t have to worry about your tummy fat. Any bra would honestly do, and that’s what we love about this dress.

The only downside is that sometimes the skirts might need a little extra support. In that case, you might need to wear a hoop or a slip.

Sheath and Column Dresses

Sheath and column wedding gowns are modern and sleek, and say a lot about the brides that pull them off. But they’re also most likely to show every lump on your body and make your bra and underwear lines visible.

For these types of dresses, seamless undergarments are the best choice. Even better is if you can wear shapewear because they are form-fitting and have to keep everything smoothed out.

If you’re okay with your natural figure though, sewn-in cups or adhesive bras should be good enough for breast support alone.

Final Thoughts

Finding the right undergarment should never be a barrier for a dress you love. There are so many options out there right now, you won’t be at a loss. And rest assured, every designer has thought about the undergarments well ahead.

At the end of the day, you should feel your best in whatever you wear. It should be comfortable and make you feel like the star you are. So, don’t stress and have fun picking out the right outfit for your special day!

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