Should You Wear Bridal Shapewear? Here Are the Essentials

Sometimes, the secret to the perfect fit is just a great undergarment.
by The Knot

Bridal fashion has taken a sexy turn in recent years—and we're loving it. Designers like Galia Lahav, Ines Di Santo and Rivini are redefining the traditional wedding dress with sheer details, daring necklines and curve-hugging styles that leave little to the imagination. But even if you don't find yourself in love with a sultry silhouette, there's still a chance you don't know what to wear under your gown (hint: your usual bra and underwear probably won't do). Luckily, fan-favorite brands like Journelle and Spanx are here to help with bridal underwear customized for any wedding dress situation. From clingy fabrics to simple strapless necklines, we've got the answers to all of your bridal undergarment dilemmas.

  1. Your dress has a deep V-neckline.

    Wedding shapewear for plunging neckline

    Look for a bra that has a plunging front to accommodate your low neckline. Most likely, this bra will have extra support on the side (or in this case, is designed as a bodysuit) to make sure everything stays put despite the deep dip.
     
    Spanx Suit Your Fancy plunge low-back mid-thigh bodysuit, $148, Nordstrom.com

  2. Your dress is clingy and form fitting.

    High-waisted bridal shapewear

    If your dress clings to your tummy area, you'll need some high-waisted bridal shapewear that can smooth and pull in the lower stomach. Look for one with either boy shorts or a thong bottom to ensure a seamless finish.
     
    Yummie by Heather Thomson Hidden Curves high waist thong, $52, Journelle.com

  3. Your dress has a classic strapless neckline.

    Bridal undergarment for strapless wedding dress

    Your regular strapless bra with grips on the inside is one possible solution to the elusive slipping strapless bra; another answer is the longline bra. This is a bra that's attached to a corsetlike bodice, which gives it more support against slippage since it wraps around your waist.
     
    Parfait Elissa low back bustier, $58, Nordstrom.com

  4. Your dress fits snugly around your upper body.

    Bridal shapewear slip for under wedding dress

    Ban the dreaded bulge with an upper-body bridal undergarment that'll smooth out your back. Look for one that's lightweight and flexible, so you can still move around (and more importantly, dance) naturally.
     
    Spanx Haute Contour Nouveau slip, $168, Nordstrom.com

  5. Your dress is extremely form fitting around the hips and thighs.

    Wedding shapewear for hips and thighs

    Target the problem area with bridal underwear that falls above the knees. The key is finding a pair that's tight enough to firm up any possible wobbly bits and give your silhouette a smooth finish—without giving you a muffin top.
     
     Spanx Power short, $36, Journelle.com

  6. Your dress has a sexy, open back.

    Fashion Forms U-Plunge backless strapless adhesive bra

    Your best bet when it comes to a backless gown is a bra that has adhesive cups. Silicone cups will give you the most natural feel. (Plus, this one works for daring dresses that have plunging necklines and plunging backs.)
     
    Fashion Forms women's backless strapless U Plunge bra, from $29, Amazon.com

  7. No clue what kind of wedding dress you want? Start by finding your wedding day style by taking our Style Quiz. Once you know what you want your day to look like, finding your dress will be so much easier. After that, create a free, personalized wedding website to keep your guests informed (and excited!) about your plans, and a time-saving Guest List Manager to organize your attendees. Even better? You can sync your Guest List Manager and wedding website to update everything at once.

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