2020 has been a year of many challenges, especially for our brides-to-be! If you’re one of the thousands of brides whose weddings have been postponed or canceled entirely due to quarantine, you know how hard it can be to have to put your milestone plans on hold. The silver lining is that there are some creative, socially-responsible ways to move forward with your nuptials, even in the middle of a global pandemic.
Many couples opt for a micro-wedding (a safe, intimate marriage ceremony involving only the bride, groom, and a super small handful of safely-distanced guests). Zoom ceremonies are also a popular route, especially for couples who can’t bear not including all of their guests in the celebration. Another public-health-friendly option? Put the party on hold until safer times, but splurge on a styled (distanced) photoshoot to share with friends and loved ones in the meantime. However you move forward, one thing will certainly be top of mind when you do decide to walk down the aisle: the dress. And underneath the dress: the shapewear, an often under-appreciated element of any bridal look.
The right shapewear has the power to infuse your big day with even more confidence so that you can show off your curves and dance (or Zoom) the night away in comfort and style. So without further ado, here’s a little guide about everything you need to know about wedding dress undergarments. So you can find the ideal shapewear to feel like a star on your wedding day...whenever, and however, you celebrate.
Bridal bra tips
- Nothing ruins a perfect wedding dress bra more than having your so-called skin-toned undergarment play peek-a-boo. To not have this happen, make sure your bra matches your wedding gown color, NOT your skin tone!
- Want to make sure the bra you like will actually fit as if it were made just for you? Do the “two-finger” check. Try sliding two fingers underneath the band on its loosest hook, if it slides through while still holding your girls in place, then that’s the bra for you.
- For the ultimate in wedding day comfort and confidence, we recommend having your bra sewn into your gown. Yes, really! It’s a simple, quick job that most tailors have done a million times, and it can mean the difference between fussing with a bra all night and feeling totally carefree on the dance floor.
Wedding dress fabric matters
Fabrics are like people, some are more forgiving than others. Heavier silks and textured fabrics add structure. Some come with a slip or built-in corset for extra support.
But lighter fabrics such as silk (or silk-adjacent) fabrics can be almost transparent, and tend to show every little detail under the dress, including the dreaded visible panty line. So essentially bridal shapewear is a definite must-have for any type of sheer or light-weight fabrics.
... And so does wedding dress style
Prefer not to wear shapewear on your wedding day? We recommend opting for a princess-style gown with lots of layers that still leave you feeling supported and comfortable. For mermaids, sheaths, trumpet and most other wedding gown styles, you’ll likely want a little smoothing underneath to polish off your look. If you’re wearing a backless or halter-style gown, try wearing lingerie’s most innovative item: adhesive bra cups. The days of duct-taping your girls in place are long gone!
For the streamlined look you are looking for, you'll need seamless shapewear. Seamless undergarments sit perfectly flat on your body, hugging your every curve without digging into your skin. Nylon, spandex, microfibers and fine mesh are the best fabrics for this.
When is the right time to buy wedding day shapewear?
Believe it or not, the right time to buy shapewear for your wedding gown is NOT right after choosing your dress. The best time is after your first or second dress fitting, since that gives you the time to see what types of undergarments might look best under your dress, taking style, fabric, and body type into account.
So... which bridal shapewear should you choose for your special day?
1 - If your dress is clingy and form-fitting
Does your dress hug your curves? Your best choice is high waist compression underwear that will gently tuck your tummy and smooth your curves, giving you a va-va-voom silhouette.
If you are wearing a dreamy slip gown, then you will have to deal with more of a silky fabric that tends to cling. This type of dress is all about creating a streamlined look by wearing seamless shapewear. We just love Butt lifter shorts for these kinds of dresses, especially if they have a tummy compressing panel that is completely invisible under the sheer silky, clingy fabric.
Avoid shapers with seams or steel bones down the center to avoid any awkward looks. Trust us on this one!
2 - If your dress fits snugly around your upper body
In this case look for shapewear that is lightweight and flexible. It should move with your body and not constrict it.
If you are looking for allover compression under your slip, try the Curveez Second Skin Hip Hugger Bodysuit - its low profile will be completely invisible under even the sheerest of dresses. Or try the Empetua® Open Bust Bodysuit Shaper Panty, which will give you a streamlined look from top to bottom, making you feel and look your best.
3 - If your dress is extremely form-fitting around the hips and thighs
Look for shapewear that’ll smooth everything out and free your mind from cellulite insecurities, creating the illusion of a smoother silhouette. The key here is finding shapewear that will target the lower body, giving you the peace of mind you deserve on your big day (and every day, for that matter!).
One great option for this dress style is the Curveez Signature Control High Waist Boyshort.
4 - If your dress is a bonafide bodycon dress
For this trendy look, wedding dress shapewear plays a key role in smoothing under your dress, as it helps the dress slide over the entire body, contouring and accentuating your every curve. If you find that your dress isn’t embracing your body as you wish, then add an extra layer of shapewear under the dress. Our favorite here is the Curveez® Ultra Shaping Hip Hugger Bodysuit.
5 - If your dress already has a corset built-in
Good news! If you're wearing a corset dress, there's no need to double up with another corset. If you are looking for a little more oomph in your bust, then ask your tailor to add in some push-up cups into the dress.
This dress style is about looking sexy and embracing your body - so have some fun with the lower part of the dress. Wear a high-waist brief or a booty-boosting thong for a sexier look and feel.
Here’s your wedding day shapewear cheat sheet:
- Choosing the right bridal undergarment depends on your body type, dress style, and fabric.
- We highly recommend wearing seamless garments or shorts, which smooth things over without squishing your booty.
- Overall, when it comes to shapewear color, remember to match the shade of your dress rather than your skin tone.
- Be sure to bring more than your dress to your final fitting at your tailor - take along your shoes and shapewear. Once you have all of the pieces in place, you will finally be able to envision your wedding day.
- Accessories, including a veil (if you are using one), will help you to see if everything balances out together.
Wearing your shoes and wedding undergarments to the final fitting will ensure that everything fits properly and that the length hits exactly where you want it. If you can’t bring your bridal shapewear with you, make sure you can at least bring something similar in compression.
Above all, remember this: by modifying or postponing your wedding, you’re contributing to the public health of everyone around you during these wacky times. It’s incredibly hard to have to change your wedding plans, but whenever you do end up celebrating your love and kick-starting your happily ever after, we hope these tips will help you feel more comfortable and confident in the dress of your dreams.
Are you a 2020 bride whose wedding plans have been derailed? How are you handling all the changes thrown at you? Let us know in the comments below!