The Best Bridal Shapewear for Every Type of Wedding Dress

Here's exactly what to look for in your undergarments.
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Naoimh O'Hare the knot
by Naoimh O'Hare
Naoimh O'Hare the knot
Naoimh O'Hare
Assistant E-Commerce Editor
  • Naoimh writes articles for The Knot Worldwide, specializing in shoppable roundups from gift guides to wedding fashion
  • Before working on editorial content, Naoimh wrote storefront descriptions for some of The Knot Worldwide's many wedding vendors
  • Naoimh studied creative writing at college and lives in Galway, Ireland
Updated Jun 23, 2021
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If there's one thing we really love about bridal fashion, it's that there's a style to suit everyone. This year's biggest wedding dress trends are a testament to just that, from romantic ruffled skirts to sultry slip dresses. And if you've found the outfit of your dreams, wedding dress undergarments might be the next thing to check off your list. You definitely don't have to wear shapewear on your wedding day (or ever). But if you are on the hunt for some functional shapewear to complete your look, we've got you. Whether you fell in love with a figure-hugging gown or you're obsessed with illusion necklines, there's wedding shapewear that works under any style of dress. For anyone who appreciates a little extra coverage or support, here's what to wear under your wedding dress.

Do you have to wear shapewear under your wedding dress?

Of course not! It's all about finding the wedding dress undergarments you're most comfortable in. While some feel 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.

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. Start by paying attention to your outfit's neckline and overall silhouette. Slips and bodysuits are both great options for anything form-fitting (think: mermaid or slip dresses) as a continuous undergarment will help to avoid any visible lines and creases. On the flipside, minimal shapewear works well with more loosely fitted attire (think: A-line dresses and ball gowns). Finally, consider any other details that might dictate what kind of shapewear you choose, like if your dress is backless or has a high leg slit.

Another thing to look for in your wedding underwear is comfort. It's a good idea to test it out before the big day to make sure it's breathable and doesn't roll up or down. And most importantly, keep in mind that you'll likely be wearing it 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.

Where to Buy Wedding Dress Shapewear

There are lots of great places to shop for wedding gown undergarments both online and in person. If you're unsure of your measurements or you want some extra guidance, we suggest planning a visit to your local lingerie store. But, if you're pretty confident you know what you're looking for, check out some of these trusted shapewear sites:

  • Spanx: The original shapewear brand has a selection of shorts, briefs and bodysuits in various designs. Choose between bodysuits with supportive bra cups or go with an open-bust option if you'd rather wear a specific bra.
  • Yummie: Yummie's range of wedding shapewear includes full slips, slip skirts, shorts, thongs and more. You're pretty much guaranteed to find something that works with your attire.
  • SKIMS: If you didn't already know, Kim Kardashian's shapewear brand has a dedicated bridal guide featuring a selection of bodysuits in a variety of neutral and nude hues.

The Best Shapewear for Different Wedding Dress Styles

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 we're here for. We're sharing all the best shaping undergarments for different wedding dress styles. Bonus: You can shop all of our suggestions online.

Spanx Thinstincts 2.0 Open-Bust Mid-Thigh Bodysuit

Open-bust bodysuit in nude hue wedding shapewear

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—a particularly good feature for unique necklines. Want to know the best part of all? There's an easy-access gusset (because dealing with nature's call in a wedding dress doesn't need to be any harder).

Yummie Cooling FX High-Waist Thigh Shaper

High waist shaping and lifting shapewear shorts for wedding

These high-waist shorts combine firm compression with lightweight fabric, resulting in shapewear that's equal parts comfortable and effective. Made with cooling technology, you can enjoy the extra coverage without feeling extra hot under your gown. A clever silicone strip prevents the waistband from rolling, helping to give your outfit a seamless appearance. 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.

SKIMS Sculpting Legging Below The Knee

Below the knee legging shapewear with high waist

Want just a little more coverage than standard compression shorts? These sculpting below-the-knee leggings from SKIMS will extend that smooth and seamless feeling even further. They're one of the best shapewear options for a mermaid or trumpet wedding dress. You'll also find some of the most size-inclusive bridal shapewear at this well-known brand.

Spanx Suit Your Fancy Low-Back Mid-Thigh Bodysuit

Plunging bra bodysuit with low back shapewear for wedding dress

Spanx has some of the best bridal shapewear for low-back and backless wedding dresses. This cleverly designed 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.

SKIMS Solution Short #2

One leg high waist short shapewear for wedding dress with slit

These clever compression shorts were made for wedding dresses with a high leg slit. These 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.

Maidenform High-Waist Fitted Half Slip

Half slip shapewear in beige hue

If you're looking for a bridal slip to wear under your wedding dress but 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. Built-in briefs help to ensure a seamless fit. Short and half slips are both great options if you're looking for bridal shapewear for a backless or illusion-back wedding dress.

Spanx Suit Your Fancy Open-Bust Catsuit

Full body open-bust catsuit wedding shapewear

It's not every day you get to wear a romantic floor-sweeping gown. If that's what you've decided to go with on your special day, feel free to take advantage of full-coverage shapewear underneath. This open-bust catsuit provides a smooth and seamless base for your wedding dress from top to bottom—all you need to do is pick out the perfect bra to accompany it, whether that's a plunge bra, a strapless bra or another design. This supportive undergarment is another great pick for snug-fitting gowns.

TC Fine Intimates Extra-Firm Control High-Waist Thigh Slimmer

High-waist beige-hue shapewear shorts for wedding dress

You don't have to wear a full bridal bodysuit under your wedding dress for torso coverage. These super high-waist shorts offer firm support around the waist, hips and thighs. An anti-slip silicone lining helps to keep them in place and the silky smooth fabric prevents any visible seams or creases.

Miraclesuit Surround Support High-Waist Shaping Shorts

High-waist mesh shapewear shorts for under wedding dress

These high-waist shorts offer extra-firm support around the torso. Silicone hems prevent the legs from rolling up or slipping out of place, and the sheer panels provide breathability without compromising on support.

Maidenform Built-In Bra Convertible Full Slip

Beige-hue built-in bra full slip undergarment for wedding dress

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. Removable and convertible straps are the cherry on top of this sleek shapewear, allowing you to wear it with different necklines (strapless included).

Wacoal Red Carpet Strapless Shaping Bodysuit

Strapless legless bodysuit in beige hue

This 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.

Spanx Suit Your Fancy Strapless Cupped Mid-Thigh Bodysuit

Black strapless bodysuit wedding undergarment

Here's another functional pair of Spanx to wear under your wedding dress (that also comes in a bridal shade of champagne beige). 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.

Honeylove Queen Brief

High-waist white shaping briefs

Who said under-the-wedding-dress style 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 inclusive sizes.

Adrianna Papell Firm Shaping High-Waist Thong

High-waist shapewear thong in light beige hue

Like we said, wedding shapewear doesn't have to provide allover coverage. For optimal breathability under your dress, go with something that provides support exactly where you want it (and doesn't where you don't). High-waist briefs like this compression thong will let your legs breathe. Clean edges and a non-slip grip help to avoid a visible panty line.

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