A quick guide to bridal underwear, what to wear under your wedding dress.
Wedding season is in full swing and some of our own beautiful brides have started to pick up their dresses, so for all you beautiful brides tying the knot over the coming months here's some advice on what to wear under your dress.
On your wedding day what you wear under your wedding dress is just as important as the dress itself, and I'm not talking about the big reveal to your husband on your wedding night. The wrong underwear can leave a bride blushing for all the wrong reasons, visible panty lines, lumps, bumps and rogue bra straps can all completely ruin your look. To help you lay the foundations for a flawless bridal look here is my guide to bridal underwear.
1. Don't invest in undergarments before your first dress fitting. Use it as an opportunity to discuss how the dress fits you with your seamstress or consultant. You will learn a lot more about what your needs are when you see how the dress fits your body and what alterations have to be made.
2. Check if you need a bra. Some dresses offer enough shape and structure that you may not need one. If you do want more support discuss with your seamstress if it is possible to sew cups or a bra into your dress. This can help with tricky necklines, low backs, strapless dresses, lace and illusion backs and straps.
3. If its proving difficult to get underwear that supports you where you need it but doesn't show under your dress make an appointment with a lingerie store for a fitting. Bring images of your dress to the fitting so you can discuss with your fitter what your bra and underwear needs to achieve and which type of bra will be most suitable, for example if you need some extra padding, if you need a seamless bra or if you can go for lace or if you need high waisted underwear what your different options are to suit your body and your dress.
5. When it comes to undergarments what you wear on your derriere is very much dependant on the style of your dress. For this purpose I have three categories, shapewear, seamless and classic panties.
6. Shapewear. Yes ladies a lot of brides do wear Spanx or similar shapewear. If your dress highlights parts of your body like for example a fishtail style dress you may find you'd like some. The key to shape wear is making sure it fits perfectly, otherwise you can end up with some unsightly bulges where the shapewear ends and you are being cut off. High-waisted is always reliable as it creates a seamless look through the bodice, it's also great for satin dresses as it covers the belly button which can sometimes leave a strange indent in the dress. Nude biker shorts are the go to shape wear, but don't feel like its your only choice, discuss it with your lingerie shop and if in doubt a full slip can be a great and sexier solution.
7. Seamless. Slim fitting dresses, sheath dresses and dresses with a thin layer of fabric call for seamless undergarments that lie flat and smooth on your body, afterall there's nothing worse than a visible panty line. A high rise seamless nude thong is your go to but once again don't feel limited, fabric technology has come a long way and often a seamless lace thong will also do the trick, ask your fitter in the lingerie shop for alternatives. Nude seamless biker shorts without support are your perfect solution for satin or crepe fit and flare or fishtail dresses (like some of our own dresses below), they cover the indent made by your belly button and go to the knee so there are no unsightly panty lines.
8. Classic panties. If your dress is a fuller princess or A-line style you can go all out! With no worries of visible lines, seams or bulges you are free to express yourself and wear something that makes you feel amazing! You can wear your favourite Brazilian lace knickers or try something racy like a garter belt and stockings. Have a little fun and make sure you feel great!