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Bride Attire: What to Wear Under Your Wedding Dress

By Karly Anderson

For most brides, the wedding day not only is about marrying the love of their life, but it’s also all about the dress. You’ve flipped through numerous magazines and tried on several dresses before finally settling on “the one” and you can’t wait to show it off on the big day.

However, you may or may not have considered what undergarments you want to wear under your dress. Bridal undergarments and lingerie can make or break a bride’s look – depending on the style and cut of the dress, the right undergarments can help enhance your physical features and ensure that your figure appears to be in the best possible shape.

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Keep the following in mind when shopping for your bridal undergarments:

  • Purchase lingerie that complements the shape of your dress. Depending on the cut of your wedding dress – ball gown, A-line, mermaid, sheath, halter, etc. – there are undergarments that will flatter and complement each specific style. When shopping with your wedding dress, work with your bridal consultant to determine what type of undergarments will work best with your dress – you typically can buy them from the same bridal salon that your dress is from.
  • Opt for some sort of shapewear. Regardless of the style of your dress and whether you’re a size 0 or 24, all brides will benefit from wearing a piece of shapewear. Not only will shapewear help suck you in, it also will help smooth any lines, bumps or lumps to make sure your figure is picture-perfect in your gown.
  • Make sure you are comfortable. You will be wearing the lingerie under your dress from morning until late at night – comfort is key! If you aren’t comfortable in your undergarments, you won’t be happy in your dress.
  • Experiment with color and texture. Most wedding dresses have enough layers and fabric to allow for undergarments in colors other than white or nude. Pink, blush or Tiffany blue are other popular choices. Also, don’t hesitate to have some fun – if you want to wear lacy lingerie and it doesn’t show through your dress, go for it!

Don’t forget to bring your undergarments to all your dress fittings so your seamstress can accommodate your lingerie and fit your dress properly.