The Best Bridal Shapewear for Every Type of Wedding Dress

Shape up your bridal look with the best shapewear for your wedding dress.
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Lauren Whalley
Fashion Editor, Beauty & Inclusivity
  • Lauren writes and edits articles for The Knot Worldwide, with a specialty in fashion, beauty and size inclusivity.
  • Prior to The Knot Worldwide, Lauren worked in wedding editorial for Brides, Style Me Pretty and Enaura Bridal.
  • Lauren studied public relations and advertising at the University of Central Florida.
Updated Jan 07, 2024
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Bridal shapewear is the best (un)kept secret to helping you look and feel your best on your big day. Now, wedding shapewear isn't a way to mask insecurities and magically sculpt you to fit society's beauty standards; rather, it should help you dial up your confidence thanks to the fabric's ability to support, contour and smooth (and yes, that includes your wedding dress bra and bridal underwear.) You can also count on your wedding dress shapewear if your gown has a complicated hemline, silhouette or neckline. But do you have to wear shapewear under your wedding dress? I firmly (pun intended) believe the choice is up to you. While it may not be essential, bridal shapewear can help enhance your silhouette, create a seamless lift and boost your confidence.

Wedding dress undergarments have come a long way thanks to innovative design and product availability. So if you're worried about discomfort or "sausage casing," don't fret because the products available in today's market are not your mother's shapewear. It's become so easy to find functional wedding dress undergarments that are breathable and comfortable, especially when you think about all the different parts of your wedding dress, whether it's low-back wedding dress shapewear or a sculpting bodysuit with a plunging neckline for deep V-neck dresses. And with how personal bridal shapewear is, brands have taken notice of more inclusive skin tone matches and size ranges to fit different body types.

So how do you choose the best wedding shapewear for you? I tapped Betsie Larkin, founder of the shapewear brand Honeylove and Ratchel Pinlac, founder of Pinsy, a company that specializes in stylish shapewear and asked them how to choose the best shapewear for your wedding dress. Simply scroll to hear their best advice or tap the table of contents to skip ahead and find the best shapewear for your wedding dress.

In this article:

What to Look For in Wedding Dress Shapewear

What to look for changes depending on the style of your gown. After spending hours finding the perfect outfit, you'll want to find the right undergarments to wear underneath it. Read up on these helpful tips to make finding the right wedding undergarments a breeze.

Structure: When choosing bridal shapewear for your wedding dress, consider the level of structure and compression you want. "First and foremost, you want a piece that won't roll up or down," says Larkin. "Needing to constantly adjust your shapewear throughout the night is an unnecessary distraction and, frankly, not worth any of the potential benefits." Light-to-medium compression options are made from lighter scultping fabrics and provide gentle smoothing with minimal shaping. It's a great option if you want to feel like you're not wearing shapewear but still desire coverage. Higher-compression shapewear, such as bodysuits or corsets, can offer more firm control and sculpting. Wedding shapewear should never be too constricting. No matter the occasion, you should always be able to take full breaths and not have any loss of circulation.

Silhouette: Next, Larkin advises focusing on compatibility with your chosen wedding attire. Start with your outfit's overall silhouette. Slips and bodysuits are great options for anything from mermaids to slip dresses, as a continuous undergarment will help to avoid any visible lines or creases. "For a tighter-fitting dress, a thong style might be necessary to achieve a seamless look," Larkin advises. On the flip side, minimal shapewear works well with more loosely fitted attire (think: A-line dresses and ball gowns).

Style: Consider any other stylistic elements that might dictate what kind of shapewear you choose, like if your dress is backless or has a high leg slit. Surprisingly, there are lots of special shapewear options that can complement unique cutouts and necklines designed specifically for various dress silhouettes. For example, if you have a form-fitting sheath dress, consider options like the Spanx Undie-Tectable Thong, which offers seamless coverage without visible panty lines. If your dress has a plunging neckline, the Shapellx Backless Plunge Thong Bodysuit provides hidden support and enhances your natural curves.

Color: When it comes to color, it's often recommended to opt for bridal shapewear that comes in nude or flesh tones to blend seamlessly under your wedding dress. "While we all associate weddings with white, if your dress is made of a thinner material, white is probably not the best choice," says Larkin. Look for brands like Spanx, SKIMS and Honeylove, which offer a wide range of nude colors, so you can easily find an exact match for your skin tone. If your heart is set on white shapewear because it gives you bride vibes, then I say go for it. Just be sure to try it on with your wedding dress first to make sure that nothing shows through.

Comfort: Let's be real, no one wants itchy or tight wedding shapewear to distract them while they say their vows. "Choose something that is breathable, lays flat and doesn't poke or dig," advises Pinlac. "There is nothing worse than feeling uncomfortable and suffocated on your wedding day." It's a good idea to test out your shapewear before the big day to make sure it fits comfortably. If you notice that your wedding dress shapewear restricts your breathing, causes pain or discomfort, leaves marks on your skin or causes bulges, this can be a sign that you need to size up.

Keep in mind that you'll likely be wearing your bridal shapewear all day long—don't let an uncomfortable undergarment take away from your wedding experience. The good news is that there are lots of comfortable and high-quality options out there to choose from.

The Best Shapewear by Wedding Dress Style

If you've decided shapewear is for you, the next thing to figure out is what style works best with your outfit. Not sure where to start? Don't worry; that's what I'm here for. I'm sharing all the best shaping undergarments for different wedding dress styles. Bonus: You can shop all of our suggestions online.

Best Shapewear for Low-Cut Wedding Dress: Spanx Suit Your Fancy Plunge Low-Back Mid-Thigh Bodysuit

Model wearing Plunge Low-Back Mid-Thigh Bodysuit
Photo: Spanx

Spanx has some of the best bridal shapewear for low-back and backless wedding dresses. This cleverly designed bridal Spanx bodysuit is made for special occasion wear—and it shows. The plunging neckline, convertible straps and scoop back with a removable clasp make it the ultimate undergarment for a gown with a low front and back. Seamless leg openings prevent visible lines even under a figure-hugging dress.

Size range: XS-XL | Color Options: 4 | Compression level: Medium

What customers are saying: "Comfortable and perfect for my wedding dress that has a cut-out back and low V-neckline. I love the gusset feature and the feel of the fabric. I was skeptical at first, as I've never worn shapewear, but I'm definitely impressed! I usually wear a medium, but ordered a large according to the size chart suggestions, and it fits perfectly."

Price at time of publication:
$148

Best Low-Back Wedding Dress Shapewear: Shapellx AirSlim Backless U Plunge Thong Bodysuit

Model wears a backless tan bodysuit in a nude color.
Photo: Shapellx

Trust me: This Shapellx bodysuit will help you show off all of your best assets. For less than $75, the bridal shapewear has a plunging low-back that accommodates your dress while still keeping shape and giving you lift where you want it. Not only that, but the convertible straps are extremely versatile for different wedding dress necklines, from halter to crisscross.

Size range: S-3X | Color options: 2 | Compression level: Medium

What customers are saying: "This bodysuit is perfect for my wedding dress; it holds in where I needed holding in and I've tried four bodysuits. This one is my favorite!"

Price at time of publication:
$68

Best Low Back Shapewear Shorts: SKIMS Sheer Sculpt Low Back Shorts

Model wearing low back shapewear shorts
Photo: SKIMS

As the name suggests, the SKIMS Sheer Sculpt Low Back Short offers a deep plunging back and a seamless short, which will make you feel like you're not wearing shapewear at all. We also have to call out the impressive size and nude shade range, meaning there's a perfect fit for every body.

Size range: XXS-4X | Color Options: 9 | Compression level: Light

What customers are saying:
"I love the Sheer Sculpt Low Back Shorts. They were exactly what I needed for my wedding dress! I am officially ready for my big day!"

Price at time of publication:
$48

Best Low Back Thong Shapewear: Spanx Undie-tectable Thong

These undetectable shapewear undies from Spanx were designed to look super smoothed out under your low-back wedding dress. The elastic-free edges offer no unwanted panty lines, while the rear offers a cheeky thong cut. Consider us sold.

Size range: XS-XL | Color Options: 5 | Compression level: Light

What customers are saying:
"I ordered this to wear under a satin dress and it worked beautifully! Hugged my stomach area right where I wanted without being noticeable."

Price at time of publication:
$24

Best Plus-Size Bridal Shapewear for Low-Back: Shapellx PowerConceal™ Low-Back Hourglass Bodysuit

Model wears a black bodysuit with an open back.
Photo: Shapellx

Don't stress looking for the perfect plus-size low-back shapewear. Shapellx's PowerConceal bodysuit gets the job done while still being low-cut enough for your dress. Psst: This one even lifts and boosts your bust and booty. Now that's a win-win.

Size range: XS-5X | Color Options: 2 | Compression level: Medium

What customers are saying: "I can tell you all about how the PowerConceal Low-Back Hourglass shapes my chest, stomach, and butt—which it does, and well; or how the material is great quality; or how it doesn't bunch anywhere; but instead, I just want to tell you how great I feel when I am wearing it—I feel confident, and I love it. I've already got more in my cart."

Price at time of publication:
$68

Best Shapewear for Strapless Wedding Dress: Spanx Suit Your Fancy Strapless Cupped Mid-Thigh Bodysuit

Model wears strapless nude colored shapewear.
Photo: Spanx

Here's another functional pair of Spanx to wear under your wedding dress. Convertible (and removable) straps make it a versatile fit for lots of different necklines. Not only that, but the built-in bra makes it an all-in-one wedding undergarment that provides seamless, shaping coverage.

Size range: XS-XL | Color options: 2 | Compression level: Medium

What customers are saying: "When I picked out my dream wedding dress, I let out a sigh of relief and happy tears that I had picked "the one," but I knew there was just one key piece still missing: my wedding spanx! My piece was the perfect finishing touch to feeling and looking my absolute best! I felt supported and comfortable. I can't recommend it enough!"

Price at time of publication: $148

Best Backless Strapless Shapewear for Wedding Dress: Va Bien Strapless Low Back Slimming Bodysuit

The Va Bien shapewear is a wedding dress go-to. The bodysuit is both strapless and low-back while still providing the support and control needed for a fitted bridal gown. You can even add adjustable clear or matching stretch straps to customize your bust lift.

Size range: Cups C-E; Band Size: 32-38 | Color Options: 2 | Compression level: Medium

What customers are saying: "Perfect shapewear for a low-back wedding dress. It fits wonderfully without any discomfort. My dress has a very high slit to the hip and a low back and you couldn't see this at all."

Price at time of publication: $95

Best Plus-Size Bridal Strapless Shapewear: Wacoal Red Carpet Medium Control Convertible Bodysuit

Model wears a strapless nude bodysuit.

This plus-size bridal shapewear is another great fit for a strapless wedding dress. The supportive underwire bra stays in place thanks to a silicone trim along the neckline and back. Plus, the strapless bodysuit's gusset has a convenient hook-and-eye closure, making it an immediate "add to cart" moment.

Size range: Cups C-G; Band Size: 32-40 | Color Options: 2 | Compression level: Medium

What customers are saying: "Fit great! I wore this under a bridesmaids dress and it was SO comfortable. I never had to keep pulling it up, and it fit snugly and smoothly without being uncomfortable. Definitely recommend!"

Price at time of publication: $132

Best One Short Shapewear for High-Slit Wedding Dress: SKIMS Solution Short Right Leg Exposed

Model wearing skims one leg shapewear shorts
Photo: SKIMS

The SKIMS clever compression shorts were made for wedding dresses with a high-leg slit. These sheer, super-soft shorts have a lifting and shaping effect while staying seamless and secure under your attire. The icing on the cake? They come in a wide range of colors and sizes.

Size range: XXS-4X | Color Options: 6 | Compression level: Medium

What customers are saying: "My dress was white with a slit that made it see through. This was very clutch and was definitely seamless."

Price at time of publication: $42

Best Shapewear for Tight Wedding Dress: Honeylove Cami Bodysuit

Model wearing smoothing cami bodysuit
Photo: Honeylove

This smoothing bodysuit is perfect for a tight wedding dress with its targeted compression around the torso and adjustable straps to create a comfortable, underwire-free lift for your girls. And if you appreciate fuller coverage, you'll love the seamless, booty-covering fabric at the back. But that's not all: This unbelievable bodysuit also has an adjustable gusset that opens.

Size range: XS-4X | Color Options: 8 | Compression level: Medium

What customers are saying: "This shape wear is so comfortable and soft! It fit my figure perfectly and smoothed everything out. It doesn't even feel like I'm wearing shapewear. I'm in love!"

Price at time of publication: $99

Best Shapewear for Mermaid Wedding Dress: SKIMS Everyday Sculpt Mid Waist Capri

Model wearing shapewear leggings
Photo: SKIMS

Want to create structure all the way down your fitted wedding dress? These sculpting leggings from SKIMS will extend that smooth and seamless feeling even further. It's one of the best shapewear options for form-fitting, floor-length gowns (think: a mermaid or trumpet wedding dress).

Size range: XXS-4X | Color Options: 10 | Compression level: Medium

What customers are saying: "This shape wear is so comfortable and soft! It fit my figure perfectly and smoothed everything out. It doesn't even feel like I'm wearing shapewear. I'm in love!"

Price at time of publication: $62

Best Shapewear for Crepe Wedding Dress: Maidenform Self Expressions Women's Wear Your Own Bra Bodysuit

We've found the perfect shapewear for your crepe wedding dress and it's available for under $30. And wait until you see the amazing quality for the price. This top-rated bodysuit helps smooth your tummy to deliver a curvier-looking silhouette. Thanks to the open-bust neckline, you have the freedom to pair it with your ideal bra if needed.

Size range: S-3X | Color Options: 2 | Compression level: Medium

What customers are saying: "Absolutely love this shapewear! It sucks me in in all the right places but isn't uncomfortable or too tight. I can still breathe and sit down. Smooths everything out! True to size as well."

Price at time of publication: $29

The Best Bridal Shapewear Overall

Best Tummy Control Shapewear: SKIMS Seamlesss Sculpt Brief Bodysuit

SKIMS Seamlesss Sculpt Brief Bodysuit
Photo: SKIMS

Who says tummy-control shapewear can't be chic and sexy? This stylish underwear comes in a fitting shade of wedding white and features trendy sheer paneling. But it doesn't just look great—it also offers seamless compression and support in a range of sizes. Not sure if a white undergarment will work with your attire? It also comes in nude sand and black.

Size range: XXS-4X | Color Options: 10 | Compression level: Firm

What customers are saying: "Absolutely love this shapewear! It sucks me in in all the right places but isn't uncomfortable or too tight. I can still breathe and sit down. Smooths everything out! True to size as well."

Price at time of publication: $70

Best Seamless Shapewear: Yummie Seamless Solutions High Waist Shaping Thong

Model wearing shapewear
Photo: Yummie

These high-waist shorts combine firm compression with lightweight fabric, resulting in shapewear that's equal parts comfortable and effective. A clever silicone strip prevents the waistband from rolling, helping to give your outfit a seamless appearance for complete all-over smoothing. And again, you're free to wear the bra that best complements your dress, whether you've got a trendy square neckline or a chic, plunging V-neck.

Size range: S-2X | Color Options: 3 | Compression level: Firm

What customers are saying: "Feels great. It's not too tight that you can't breathe but it snatches you in nicely. I really like the lining at the top that makes it so it doesn't fold over."

Price at time of publication: $34

Best Shapewear Thong: SKIMS Core Control High Waisted Thong

Model wearing high waisted thong shapewear.
Photo: SKIMS

Wedding shapewear doesn't have to provide all-over coverage. For optimal breathability under your dress, go with something that provides support exactly where you want it. Plus, clean edges designed with flat elastic help to avoid a visible panty line. There are a variety of colorways to choose from, including multiple hues reflecting different skin tones.

Size range: XXS-4X | Color Options: 10 | Compression level: Light

What customers are saying:
"I was honestly surprised at how flattening this thing shapewear is and the fact that it came with straps to keep it from rolling made it that much better!!"

Price at time of publication:
$36

Best Thigh Shaper Short: Honeylove Queen Brief

Model wears a white bodysuit with compression shorts.
Photo: Honeylove

Who says tummy-control shapewear shorts can't be supportive and sexy? This stylish brief comes in a fitting shade of white and features trendy sheer paneling. But it doesn't just look great; it also offers seemless compression and support in a range of sizes. It also comes in different lengths, including a longer short option and a thong.

Size range: XS-3X | Color Options: 3 | Compression level: Firm

What customers are saying:
"Wore this for my wedding under my dress and it helped keep everything where it was supposed to be! Plus, I was comfortable and could move throughout the evening!"

Price at time of publication:
$89

Best Corset for Wedding Dress: SKIMS Waist Trainer Corset

Model wears a tan corset top with a bra and matching underwear.
Photo: SKIMS

Wearing a corset under your wedding dress is a good idea if you want targeted support around your waist but would rather breathe freely everywhere else. It's also an ideal solution if a one-piece bodysuit just won't work for your dress silhouette. You can pair this SKIMS corset with the bra and panties of your choosing to complete your wedding dress undergarments.

Size range: XXS-4X | Color Options: 2 | Compression level: Firm

What customers are saying:
"Wore it on my wedding day for a cinched look and could breathe and move well the entire time. I recommend this over coresettes because it's thinner and shows less under clothing whilst still effectively changing your waist."

Price at time of publication:
$70

Best Bodysuit for Under Wedding Dress: Spanx Shaping Satin Thong Bodysuit

What's more bridal than satin shapewear under your wedding dress? Designed with liquid stretch satin fabric, this oh-so-chic bridal Spanx bodysuit will smooth all over while the built-in double-layer panel targets your core. Between the adjustable straps and the wire-free light support, you'll be off to the alter in no time.

Size range: XS-3X | Color Options: 2 | Compression level: Firm

What customers are saying:
"I wore this bodysuit on my wedding day under my robe while I was getting ready. It was so comfortable, supportive,and matched my robe perfectly! It made me feel so beautiful on such a special day!!"

Price at time of publication:
$78

Best Mid-Thigh Bodysuit for Wedding Dress: Spanx Thinstincts 2.0 Open-Bust Mid-Thigh Bodysuit

Thigh-length body suit in a deep brown color.
Photo: Spanx

If you're looking for something with a lot of coverage, bodysuits are a great choice. This mid-thigh option is made with silky soft fabric that offers lightweight compression. Since wedding dresses are usually quite heavy on their own, opting for shapewear that's a little more breathable is a good idea. The open-bust design allows you to wear the bra of your choosing or none at all if that's easier for your neckline.

Size range: XS-3X | Color Options: 4 | Compression level: Medium

What customers are saying:
"Stayed in place all night for a wedding. It didn't cause any lines on my thighs or back at the edges. It was very smooth under a very thin, silky dress. I would wear it again!"

Price at time of publication:
$88

Best Body Shaper for Wedding Dress: Honeylove Crossover Cami Bodysuit

Model in shapewear bodysuit
Photo: Honeylove

This Honeylove bodysuit has gone viral multiple times, and once you try it on for yourself, it's easy to see why. It's designed with 360° bonded compression to smooth your tummy and hips, while the built-in bust support lifts without an underwire. Not to mention, the fabric is super comfortable for long wedding day wear.

Size range: XS-3X | Color Options: 3 | Compression level: Firm

What customers are saying:
"I wore this all day in complete comfort and confidence! It kept my curves but firmed up the lumpy bumpies! I would definitely recommend this product. I will be trying other products! Great quality, great service and great shipping."

Price at time of publication:
$99

Best Shapewear Slip Dress: SKIMS Fits Everybody Slip Dress

Model wears a tan colored shapewear dress.
Photo: SKIMS

Minimalist, form-fitting gowns are super popular right now. Not sure what kind of shapewear to put on underneath? Try an equally form-fitting slip. This figure-skimming version from SKIMS gives lightweight support through the buttery soft fabric. Plus, the adjustable straps will easily help you achieve an ideal, comfortable fit.

Size range: XXS-4X | Color Options: 10 | Compression level: Light

What customers are saying: "I chose this slip based on the highlighter color and it really delivers! But the level of comfort and breathability is just unmatched. It's like a second skin. It's sexy but you can lounge in it. It moves with you and is stretchy but it's also strong and durable. I love it."

Price at time of publication:
$68

Best Shapewear Slip Skirt: Miraclesuit Extra Firm Control Sheer Slip Shaper

If you're looking for a bridal slip to wear under your wedding dress but are struggling to accommodate your gown's neckline or back, we've got you covered. This high-waisted half-slip still offers plenty of coverage, but you're free to pair it with your own bra. Firm control panels offer targeted support and the plush-lined high waist prevents uncomfortable digging. Short and half slips are both great options if you're looking for bridal shapewear for a backless or illusion-back wedding dress.

Size range: S-XL | Color Options: 2 | Compression level: Firm

What customers are saying:
"Best shape wear I've ever worn! It fits like a glove. The slip stays in place. It does not ride up my leg. I love that fact that underwear is attached."

Price at time of publication:
$52

Best Lace Shapewear for Brides: Pinsy Sculpting Lace Shapewear Bodysuit

Model wearing lace shapewear bodysuit
Photo: Pinsy

You put a lot of thought into choosing the perfect wedding attire. What if we told you that your undergarments could be part of a stylish and sexy bridal look too? Pinsy's elevated-shaping bodysuits aren't just a supportive layer for under your wedding dress—they double as lingerie too. This pretty undergarment provides medium-firm support and has a built-in power-mesh bra.

Size range: S-3X | Color Options: 4 | Compression level: Medium

What customers are saying:
"I wore this on my wedding day and it's still one of my favorite pieces. It's comfortable, sexy, stylish, and sturdy."

Price at time of publication:
$98

Frequently Asked Questions about Bridal Shapewear

Do I have to wear shapewear under my wedding dress?

Of course not! It's all about finding the wedding dress undergarments you're most comfortable in. While some feel at their best in a standard set of underwear or some sexy bridal lingerie, others prefer the structure and support that shapewear has to offer. Really, it comes down to what feels best for you. You definitely don't have to wear a shaping slip, bodysuit or shorts to complete your wedding look. But if you think you'd feel more comfortable in an extra-supportive undergarment, go for it. Just like pretty much all your wedding-planning decisions up to now, it's about finding the right option for you.

If I plan to wear shapewear on my wedding day, should I wear it to my wedding dress fittings?

Yes, you should definitely bring your bridal shapewear to your wedding dress fittings, especially because it can effect how exactly the dress will fit on your body. Wearing shapewear during fittings allows you to see how it looks and feels with your dress and ensures that everything fits properly. This way, any necessary adjustments can be made to accommodate the shapewear.

How much should I expect to spend on wedding shapewear?

The cost of wedding shapewear can vary depending on the brand, style, and quality. Basic shapewear options can start at around $30, while more specialized or high-end options can range from $50 to $150 or more. It's important to consider your budget and prioritize the features and support you need when choosing your shapewear.

Should I wear my shapewear before my wedding day?

If you plan on investing in wedding dress shapewear, it's a good idea to wear it for a "test run" before the big day. This will give you a chance to get accustomed to wearing it, check for any discomfort or fit issues, and ensure that it provides the desired level of support and shaping. You can wear it for a few hours at a time around the house, to a friend's wedding or on a date night leading up to the wedding to ensure its comfort and effectiveness.

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