The second most important part of your wedding ensemble is what you wear underneath your wedding gown. While we don’t give a lot of thought to what we wear under out everyday clothes, you should give some consideration to what you’ll wear on your wedding day. HerRoom.com is a US-based on-line lingerie company (that does ship to Canada) has come up with some answers to the most common wedding lingerie questions and has taken the guesswork out of choosing which type is best for each body shape and gown style. In Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake there are several lingerie specialty stores to assist you with selecting what you need for your wedding day. But no matter where you get your lingerie, make sure you try it on with your wedding gown before the big day to make sure it fits properly and makes you look fantastic.
What lingerie works best with each gown style?
Sheath: Column gowns are often made of chiffon or organza so they flow and are a bit sheer, so consider wearing a slip. Avoid bulges and lines by going seamless, which you can do with a full or half slip in a variety of lengths. Go for a clean silhouette with a slip that works as a body-liner.
A-line: Also known as a princess style, this is flattering to almost any figure. The shape is pretty forgiving so you may be able to forego lots of shaping and support and go for comfort.
Mermaid: This curve-hugging fit shows off your shape but make sure you don’t show off seams and lines too. Go for high-waisted shaping lingerie, like a waist-cinching thong.
Ballgowns: Accentuate that waistline with a bustier, corset or waist cincher. A strapless, seamless bustier bra will slim the torso while supporting and lifting breasts.
What type of bra is best for a backless gown?
Strapless and versatile convertible bras. Longline bras add shaping. For backless gowns, try a backless bra with adhesive sides.
What colour lingerie should I wear?
Wedding gowns come in so many different shades of white, from pure while to ivory or cream, that you may do better choosing lingerie in natural, cream or ivory. When in doubt, blend with your skin tone.
What’s the best bridal hosiery?
Thigh-highs are a great option for ballgowns, A-lines and other full skirts. Thigh-highs with silicone gripper bands will stay up without garters. For mermaid style gowns or other close-fitting dresses, pantyhose are probably in order. Some styles have near-invisible control panels to smooth out tummies, hips and thighs.
Should I wear shapewear with my gown?
Shapewear is available for every body part and gown style. A longline bra, bodysuit or thigh shaper can make all the difference in how your gown fits and drapes. For sheer gowns, there are even shapewear slips.
I’m short and very curvy. What will help?
Try a bustier or longline bra, with maximum support and shaping. But be sure to check sizing. Some styles may be too long-waisted for you. Also, consider figure-taming shapewear – a bodysuit, high-waisted shapewear or long-leg styles that smooth hips and thighs.
How do I avoid lingerie disasters on my wedding day?
- Bring the lingerie you plan to wear to your gown fitting. Shapewear, bras and bustiers can really change the way a gown hangs on you so get it fitted with the right underwear.
- Pay attention to colour. There are so many shades of white that you might be better with an ivory or even natural colour bra.
- Buy an extra pair of stockings or hosiery you’re planning to wear. Hosiery always snags or runs just when it matters most.
- If you’re planning to wear a corset, bustier, shapewear or even a strapless bra, give it a rehearsal and wear it for a full day before your wedding. This will give you a chance to get used to what it feels like and to see if it’s going to present any problems.
- If you’ll be dressing at a venue away from home, use a small separate bag to pack your lingerie – and it wouldn’t hurt to have a checklist. A pretty lingerie bag tucked into your suitcase will minimize the chances of forgetting some crucial piece of underwear or of digging through layers to find that thong.
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