Rings, flowers, the dress, the shapewear – these are some of the most important things to consider when planning your perfect wedding. (Image Credit: StockSnap/Pixabay)
All brides want to look like the best version of themselves on their wedding day, and that often includes wearing a corseted wedding dress or a piece of shapewear to nip and tuck them in all the right places. However, choosing the wrong type of shapewear could be extremely uncomfortable and potentially ruin your memories of your special day.
That’s why you should turn to a supportive and comfortable piece of bridal shapewear. Finding the right shapewear for your walk down the aisle will be one of the most important decisions of the entire wedding.
What type of shapewear should I choose?
There are many options to choose from, which could get overwhelming if you don’t know what to look for. Luckily, we are here to help – and choosing the right shapewear simply comes down to what your wedding dress looks like…
If your dress is form-fitting, we recommend high-waisted shapewear that will tuck your tummy in and smooth out any lumps and bumps. Always go for seamless designs, and avoid shapewear that has steel bones in the middle, as they will show through your dress. Shorts, boy shorts, or high waisted shaping shorts are great to help disguise the lines.
Ball gowns and dresses that fit snugly on the upper body
For ball gowns, A-line dresses, and all other types of wedding dresses that fit tightly around the bust and upper body, we recommend something lightweight and flexible. Consider a seamless bodysuit, as they can be completely invisible – even under even the sheerest of dresses. This style of shapewear will give you that coveted streamlined look from top to bottom.
Mermaid, fishtail, and other dresses that hug your hips and thighs
Mermaid and fishtail dresses offer some of the most stunning and powerful silhouettes out there – but only when worn correctly! We suggest looking for shapewear that will smooth out all your problematic areas. High waisted shorts are perfect, and will help you create that ideal silhouette to showcase the dress flawlessly.
What about corset wedding dresses?
And speaking of layering, you can still wear shapewear with wedding dresses that have their own built in corsets – especially if they target other areas. If you want to add a little more oomph to your bust, for example, then there’s no need to squeeze another piece of shapewear under your dress; simply ask your tailor to sew some pushup cups into the dress and your dream silhouette will be a reality!
If you want some help with your shape but don’t want an additional piece of shapewear then we suggest choosing a wedding dress in a thick, structured fabric such as shantung silk. The right amount of boning and some strategic seaming from a talented tailor will provide you with a super-smooth silhouette that won’t require any additional shapewear.
Some final thoughts…
Color-wise, go for nude or cocoa shades (depending on your skin tone) as opposed to white.
As you will be in your wedding dress all day, we suggest choosing the comfiest shapewear that will still give you the desired shape but without causing you any pain. Try on as many pieces as possible to find your dream combination.
Another tip to make your day more comfortable is to choose shoes with a wider, block-heel or even wedges.These will make it easier to stand, walk, and dance than pointy stilettos. Ask one of the bridesmaids to carry some flat shoes for you to change into when your feet hurt, so you can still dance the night away!
And as far as your dress fittings are concerned, always take everything with you whenever you go try your dress on. All things fashion, from shapewear to shoes to jewelry and accessories – you want to see how the whole look pieces together before the big day!