How to Find the Right Intimates to Wear with Your Wedding Dress

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Choosing your wedding dress was likely a thrilling and special experience. When you put on “the one” there was probably a moment when it all clicked and you smiled from ear to ear after seeing your reflection in the mirror. Before you work to get your dress altered to perfection, though, you’ll want to figure out what you’re going to wear underneath your dress. While this is the less fun part of coordinating your wedding day look, it’s a necessary one. However, it can be confusing and even a bit intimidating to choose your wedding day intimates. Here are some helpful tips on how to choose the right ones to maximize your comfort on your big day and make your dress look its best.

Determine if You’ll Need to Wear a Bra

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The first step to figuring out your wedding day intimates is deciding whether or not you’ll need to wear a bra under your gown. Some wedding dresses are highly structured and fitted at the top and, depending on your body type, that may mean you don’t need the added support of a bra.

If you feel like you do need the support of a bra, the first thing to do is ask your seamstress if they think they could sew a bra or corset directly into your dress. This will ensure that the bra fits with the neck and backlines of your dress seamlessly. If that’s not an option or not the route you want to go, there are practically endless bras on the market these days, so you’re bound to be able to find one to go with your style of dress. From sticky backless bras to racerbacks to halter tops, peruse your options to figure out what works best with your dress.

Choose Your Underwear

Just like bras, there is no shortage of options for what you should wear under your dress on the bottom half. Seamless underwear that are smooth and flat are a good choice with any tight-fitting dress. You should opt for a nude colored pair of underwear to ensure it won’t be seen through your dress. If you’re looking to wear something lace underneath in the spirit of your wedding day, opt for a smooth lace thong.

Consider Shapewear Options

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Especially if you’re wearing a dress in a tight-fitting mermaid silhouette or a slimming sheath, you may want to consider wearing shapewear to create a smooth look overall. Boyshort or knee-length, high-waisted bottoms in a nude hue could really enhance your look and give you an extra confidence boost in your dress. There are so many shapewear options on the market that it’s almost impossible not to find one that works with your gown.

Other Wedding Intimates Tips

There are a few other things to keep in mind about your wedding day intimates to look and feel your best on the big day. The first thing is to practice wearing your intimates at least once, if not more, before your wedding day. Wear your bra, underwear, and shapewear under regular clothes to ensure that they’re comfortable. This is especially important if you’re wearing a style of bra that you usually wouldn’t. You want to make sure that your bra is supportive and comfortable and that you don’t have to adjust it frequently.

If you find yourself having to try several different options for any part of your wedding day intimate collection, don’t get discouraged! This is totally normal for any bride, and finding the right undergarments may take a bit of trial and error. Be sure to read reviews of the items you are considering before purchasing to gain insight into how the item will stack up to your needs.

Finally, remember that it’s all about the fit when it comes to intimates. Especially for shapewear, items that are ill-fitting could completely alter the way you look in your dress, and not in a good way. Shapewear is great when it fits well, but if it’s too tight or too large, it could bunch up or cut you off strangely and create visible lines. Find your best fit by being professionally measured at a lingerie store or by trying several sizes to see what looks and feels best.

Choosing your wedding intimates is certainly not the most exciting part of wedding planning, but that doesn’t mean it has to be difficult or daunting!

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