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Finding information on shopping for your wedding dress is easy. Perhaps too easy. But what about shopping for wedding shapewear and undergarments? It seems that everyone is hush-hush about this key topic. Until now.

Here are 10 tips on finding the perfect wedding shapewear and undergarments to wear under your gown.

Opt for no bra.

Many wedding dresses are form fitting and have enough structure to support your chest and stomach. But if your gown doesn’t provide that support, you can ask the tailor to sew in cups to make you feel more comfortable. It’s up to you entirely.

If you don't feel comfortable with going braless...

Try a strapless bra or a corset, says Dionne Morrison, a bra fit expert at Baba’s Lingerie in Kingston, Jamaica. If you would feel better with more coverage, opt for a bridal corset or bodysuit. As an added bonus, this corset will help shape your stomach.

spanx bodysuit

Editor’s Pick: Spanx Suit Your Fancy strapless cupped panty bodysuit, $148, Spanx

dominique torsolette


Editor's Pick: Dominique women's lace longline torsolette, $60, Amazon

If you're wearing a dress with sleeves...

You’re in luck! You may be able to go ahead wear a regular bra—if the entire thing will be covered by your gown, of course. Morrison suggests purchasing a white one or one that matches your underwear. Opt for a fancier one than your everyday options. This is your wedding, after all.

pepper lace bra

Editor’s Pick: Pepper Laidback Lace Bra, $54, Pepper

Select shapewear that works for you.

Many women wear Spanx or shapewear when they go out. Feel free to wear your favorite piece under your gown too. Just make sure it’s not too restrictive. “Remember, you'll be wearing wedding shapewear for six-plus hours, so you want to be comfortable,” says Carrie Huyett, wedding dress designer and owner of Carrie’s Bridal Collection in Chamblee, Georgia. “A simple waist cincher is often all that's needed, as opposed to a full corset.”

Finding the best shapewear for your wedding dress all depends on what areas you need to smooth out. If it’s your lower belly, opt for high-waisted shapewear panties. If you want a more defined waist, a waist cincher might do the trick.

power panties

Editor’s Pick: Spanx Higher Power panties, $38, Spanx

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Editor’s Pick: Spanx Waist Cincher, $48, Spanx

Test out your undergarments.

Try wearing your wedding shapewear and undergarments before your wedding. Remember that you’ll be dancing, eating and drinking the night away. If the piece you’ve selected is too constrictive, return it for a better fit.

When shopping for the best wedding shapewear and undergarments, try bringing a dress that has a similar cut or is made out of the same material as your wedding dress. Likewise, you can bring photos and measurements so the bra fitter can help you pick out items that won’t show under your gown.

You should also bring your undergarments to all of your dress fittings, both to ensure that your dress fits properly over the undergarments, and also to make sure you can’t see your underpinnings through the gown.

Watch out for sheer gowns

Sheer gowns might look gorgeous (and are very on-trend these days), but sometimes they can show a little too much.

“Lighter-weight or sheer dresses might show the wire bones of your shaper. Make sure you get one without the boning (and a wireless bra) if the fabric of your dress will show it,” says Huyett.

lively no wire strapless bra

Editor’s Pick: Lively The No-Wire Strapless Bra, $35, Lively

All about underwear

“The wedding dress, of course, will dictate which style of underwear she wears on the wedding day,” says Morrison. If you opted for a tight, form fitting gown (think Pippa Middleton’s famous bridesmaid dress), you’ll want seamless panties that won’t show and have no pattern. You also can wear thong underwear. Match the color of your panties to your bra or corset.

commando thongs

Editor’s Pick: Commando set of three stretch thongs, $60, Net-a-Porter

skims thongs

Editor's Pick: SKIMS Naked high-waisted thong, $28, Nordstrom

Avoid stick-on bras.

Unless you’ve worn them before, it’s best to not wear sticky bras. “Avoid the tape on and silicone type if you’ve never worn them before. You don’t know how your skin might react to the glue in it,” says Morrison.

Stick with what you like.

If you don’t feel comfortable in the wedding shapewear and undergarments you’ve tried on, you’re not going to feel comfortable. Period. Don’t force it. “If you’re not a thong person, don’t wear a thong on the wedding day,” says Morrison. “Same for the bra – if your busts are heavier, stick to a corset, if available.”

The last thing you’ll want on your wedding day is to fret about is your undergarments. Wear what feels and looks good.

The finishing touches

Don’t forget the garter. Even if you aren’t planning on doing the garter toss, it’s a nice tradition to wear one on your wedding day—particularly if it’s an heirloom you can pass down to future generations. It also can be an easy “something blue.”


Editor’s Pick: Hanky Panky Rosalind garter, $11, BHLDN

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