Brides and wedding dresses come in all shapes and sizes, and it's important that your dress perfectly fits you. But it takes more than numerous adjustments to make a dress fit  just right--your undergarments on your wedding day are just as important as your wedding gown. To find the right support and shaping, think of these factors when choosing your undergarments:

Consider the material of the wedding dress

Underwear is especially critical if your wedding gown is made of light or flimsy material. If your gown uses fabrics like lace, chiffon, crepe, or silk, be sure to wear seamless undergarments, such as laser-cut panties and bras to smooth out visible pantylines and bulges.

Choose underwear that matches your skin tone

Since wedding dresses are traditionally white, boo-boos with contrasting underwear are easier to spot. While colorful, patterned, or lacy undergarments are fun and sexy, resist the urge to wear them with your wedding dress. White may appear to be a good choice, but play it safe by wearing nude underwear that matches your skin tone instead.

Take note of the top of the dress--necklines, straps or sleeves, and back

While some gowns come with built-in cups, there are also some ensembles that don't come with padding. Visible bra straps are big no-no when it comes to formal wear. It certainly isn't flattering to have your undergarments peeking out from your wedding gown, but you can't do without the proper bust support. Avoid this fashion faux pas on your big day and find out what type of bra is right for the cut of your wedding gown.  

  • Backless wedding dresses need a bra that won't have straps showing at the back. There are stick-on bras that provide the necessary bust support, as well as backless bras that have see-through straps (though these are still visible). If your wedding dress simply has a low back, you can use a multi-way bra that has adjustable straps which can be hooked low.
  • Tube-style, asymmetrical, and spaghetti strap gowns will require you to wear a strapless bra. For asymmetrical dresses, you can also use a multi-way bra.
  • Certain basques and corsets also come in strapless and low-back varieties, so for bust support and torso shaping, you can use this type of lingerie.
  • If your wedding dress has sleeves, a bra with straps will do. But if your sleeves are sheer or made of lace, use a strapless bra or one with transparent straps.
  • Empire- cut dresses highlight the bustline, so it's best to use a padded push-up bra.

Get underwear that enhances your figure, flattens your tummy, and accentuates the right curves

Certain types of underwear can improve the overall look of your ensemble. Pair the silhouette of your gown with the right type of undies to enhance your figure.  

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  • Sheath or bias cut dresses tend to cling to your body, so make sure to steer clear of granny panties lest you end up with unflattering visible panty lines. Try using flesh-colored seamless panties, which are now available in department stores. Aside from wearing the usual underwear, you may need to wear a silk slip.

  • Mermaid dresses are fitted from the torso down to your hips. Select panties that will give your buttocks some lift; you can choose to wear hold-you-in panties or thigh-slimming ones. You may also use a corset or a bodysuit--like Spanx--for an hourglass shape.
  • A-Line or full-skirted wedding dresses emphasize a smooth hourglass-shaped torso. For this, you may need a basque, corset, or slimming bodysuit.

Once you've found the right undies for your type of gown, make sure to bring these with you during fittings to see if you'll be comfortable on your special day. Check for straps that dig, slide or fall, panties that ride up, stockings that roll down, or any parts of your undergarments that pucker or stick out. Your overall wedding ensemble will appear even better when you look and feel great.

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