Are you wondering what you should wear under your wedding dress? The answer depends on a few factors: what you feel comfortable in, what you feel confident in, and what will fit under your dress. You may be best off in just a comfortable pair of underwear that don’t show a panty line or you may want to opt for shapewear to feel more fitted under your dress.
We created this helpful guide to give you some ideas of what you can wear under your dress to feel your best on your big day!
7 Important Tips for Bridal Undergarments
Okay let’s start with the basics. Picking out your undergarments can be as easy as wearing what you usually wear if your dress allows it. You have a ton of options if you want to get more serious than that but here’s a few of our favorite tips to get you started.
1) Wear something you’re already used to. If you usually wear a push-up or shapewear, search for something similar that’s compatible with your dress. If you don’t usually wear a bra, try to see if you can get away with doing that on your wedding day. If you usually need extra support, you will still need this under your wedding gown.
2) Check if your wedding dress has a built in bra! The easiest bra to wear is no bra. Many wedding dresses these days come ready to be worn without a bra or might even have padding built into them. These are great, especially for strapless or revealing dresses that aren’t easy to find a comfortable, invisible bra for.
3) Have your wedding alterations team add padding. If your wedding dress doesn’t have a built in bra, ask your alterations team if they can add some padding to the front of your dress! This is helpful especially if your wedding dress has a low back, plunging neckline, or cut outs.
4) Go with neutral colors. Underwear that matches your skin tone is ideal for invisibility. White, blush, or another neutral tone may work too. If your dress is white, there’s always a chance it could be see-through in some lights or with the camera flash, so it’s best to avoid any bright colors.
5) Double check that your dress isn’t see-through. I know we just mentioned this, but seriously: just make sure that your dress covers your undergarments even in bright light, full sun, and camera flash.
6) Bring your bridal undergarments to your fitting. The best way to see if your undergarments go with your dress is to take them with you to your fitting. Your alterations team may even be able to make adjustments to your dress to make it less revealing.
7) Avoid embellishments. Rhinestones, lace, and frills are all fun for lingerie but maybe not a great idea for under your wedding dress. If your dress is big enough to hide everything it may be fine, but in general, simple is better.
Selby Rae 28019 with Added Sleeves | Jacqueline KayLeigh Photo
Base Your Bridal Undergarments on Your Wedding Dress Style
The first thing to consider when picking your undergarments is the type of wedding dress you’re wearing. As is it on most days, the goal is for no one to see your undergarments. Watch out for obvious bra straps, panty lines, or bulky seams.
Depending on the style of wedding dress you’ve chosen, you’ll want to choose undergarments that won’t be seen underneath and that you will feel confident and comfortable wearing all day
Undergarments to Wear for Each Wedding Dress Type:
1) Strapless: Many strapless gowns these days come with padding in them in case you’d like to go braless. If you want to wear a bra, a supportive, non-slip strapless bra will keep you from yanking up your dress every ten minutes on the dance floor. An even better option would be a strapless corset bra.
2) Backless: A very adhesive sticky bra is a great idea for a backless dress. Don’t go for the cheapest option on this one; you want to make sure it will stick, even if you sweat. Alternatively: go braless. You could even see if your alternations crew can sew in bra padding if you feel too revealed.
3) Form-Fitting: If you like the way you look naturally in your form-fitted dress, you can find a nice seamless or no-show pair of panties, probably a thong to avoid a panty-line. If you feel a little uncomfortable with the look, you may want to consider shapewear to keep you feeling great, even after dinner and cake.
4) Deep-V: Search for a bra that has a cutout in the front, designed specifically for low necklines. Make sure that you are still supported on the sides to make up for the lack of center support.
5) Fit-and-Flare: This is another type of dress you may want to consider shapewear for. Wear whatever you feel comfortable in under this type of dress but watch out for panty lines since this is fitted around your waist and hips.
6) Ball Gown: For the most part you can wear whatever you’d like under a ball gown. You may not even need a bra. If your dress needs a bit of support, you may want to consider a hoop or slip.
Wtoo Cavanaugh Wedding Dress | Kristina Hendrickson
Bridal Shapewear: Types of Shapewear to Consider
Shapewear is completely optional for your wedding but it might be worth considering. If you’re wearing a dress that is form fitting, doesn’t have much support, or is made from a revealing fabric, shapewear might help. You want to feel and look your best on your wedding day, so if shapewear will help you feel that way, you should try it!
Wedding shapewear can be especially helpful if you have a particular part of your body that you feel insecure about. Nowadays, shapewear comes in many different types, sizes, and styles.
1) Shapewear Shorts: Your hips, thighs, and butt may be some of your favorite features or they may make you feel a little insecure. If you would feel better with a bit of compression holding these areas in place, consider a pair of shapewear shorts. These are also great for avoiding pantylines without needing to wear a thong.
2) High Waisted Panties: Our tummies can be a point of insecurity for most of us at some point or another. A nice pair of high waisted tummy-control panties could help without needing a large piece of shapewear. You will be eating several courses of food, so you might want to invest in a pair of these just to feel confident even with a full belly.
3) Bodysuits: Need allover support? Bodysuits cover your bust, abdomen, hips, and thighs. They even come in low cut, low back, and strapless options to fit under all different types of dresses. You may want to consider this option if your wedding dress is especially tight or body-hugging.
Bride and Bridesmaid Satin and Lace Robes | Lulle Photo
Bridal Robes: What to Wear Getting Ready for Your Wedding
Before you climb into your lingerie or shapewear, you’re going to want something comfortable to get ready for your wedding in. Below are some of our favorite robes and pajama sets for you and your bridesmaids to get ready in!
1) Satin Lace Bridal Robe
Our satin and lace robes are the perfect classy yet comfortable option for you to get ready in. The satin makes it light and airy while the lace on the edges adds a touch of extra elegance. It comes in white for the bride and plenty of color options for the bridesmaids.
2) Jersey Bridal Ruffle Robe in White
Our ruffle robes are an adorable option for getting ready for your wedding. We love the comfy jersey cotton fabric and the adorable ruffle accents. These are long enough to move around comfortably in and come in 6 different color options.
3) Bridesmaid & Bridal Pajama Sets
Pajamas are the comfiest outfit to get ready in. The buttons down the front ensure that you won’t have to pull the top over your freshly-done hair. They’re made with a silky smooth and breathable fabric for extra comfort and come in 5 different colors.
Start Looking for the Perfect Wedding Dress Undergarments
The most important part of searching for your wedding undergarments is to get started early! Whether you’re going with your usual underwear, wedding shapewear, or some type of lingerie, it’s important to be familiar with your choice before the wedding. You will definitely need to wear these items to your fitting but you might also want to wear them on a normal day just to make sure they’re comfortable, fit well, and stay in place.
At the Wedding Shoppe we’re always here to help. Let us know if you have any questions while you’re shopping for your wedding dress, bridesmaids dresses, and getting ready robes with us. If you need help picking the perfect wedding undergarments or wedding shapewear, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for help!