Under the Dress Essentials

The secret to the perfect fit? Great undergarments.
  1. Your dress: It has an ultra-deep V-neckline.

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    The essential: Look for a bra that has a special cutout in the front to accommodate low necklines. Most likely this bra will have extra support on the side (or, in this case, is designed as a bodysuit) to make sure that despite the deep dip, everything stays put.

    Dr. Rey Shapewear deep plunge firm control bodysuit, $44, BareNecessities.com

  2. Your dress: It’s cut close to the body and clings to your tummy area.

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    The essential: You’ll need some shapewear that can smooth and pull in your problem area -- your lower stomach. Look for one with either boy shorts or one with a thong bottom to ensure that you get a seamless finish.

    Skinnygirl Shapewear seamless hi-rise shaping thong, $28, ClassicShapewear.com

  3. Your dress: It has a classic strapless neckline.

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    The essential: A 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 corset-like bodice, which gives it more support against slippage since it wraps around your waist.

    Dominique longline smooth strapless bra, $69, BareNecessities.com

  4. Your dress: It fits snugly around your upper body.

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    The essential: Ban the dreaded bulge with an upper-body undergarment that will smooth out your back. Look for one that’s lightweight and flexible (so you can still move around naturally) and that comes with convertible straps -- that way it can work with your gown regardless of whether it’s strapless, one-shoulder, crisscross or halter.

    Flexees Weightless Power hi-waist half slip with convertible straps, $29, Maidenform.com

  5. Your dress: It’s extremely formfitting around the hips and thighs.

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    The essential: Target the problem area with shapewear that falls just 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.

    La Perla mid thigh control shaper, $67, Nordstrom.com

  6. Your dress: It shows off your curves, especially from behind.

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    The essential: Find a pair of special shorts that can give your behind an extra boost. Look for shorts with padding that looks and feels natural (your guests don't need to know you’re getting some booty help) -- like cotton, foam or silicone.

    Spanx Slimplicity Butt Boosting girl shorts, $68, Nordstrom.com

  7. Your dress: It has a sexy, open back.

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    The essential: 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, while the nude color will make it nearly invisible.

    Fashion Forms NuBra, $68, Bloomingdales.com

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