The right foundation garments can spell the difference between flabby and flawless. Like alterations, these are the unsung heroes of red-carpet dressing, so you should buy the best you can.
A wedding gown may require undergarments you’ve never worn before, mush less even heard of, like all-in-ones, slimmers, and cinches. Once you’ve selected your dress, get advice on the best undergarments from the salesperson. Consult with your alterations person to determine whether a bra or any other necessary foundations can be sewn into the gown - if that’s possible, do it. The last thing you want to be doing on your wedding day is tugging at straps and adjusting your bodice to hide the wayward edge of a bustier.
With a ball gown, most everything you need for support should be built into the bodice of the dress. But if you choose a slimmer dress, then you need to make sure you have all of your bases covered. No matter what your body type, you need to create a smooth layer for the dress to glide over, otherwise it will stick where it shouldn’t, and it won’t hang right. If the fabric is slinky or very lightweight, look for seamless undergarments, especially the newer laser-cut panties and bras. Depending on the style of the dress, you may need an allover smoother like a strapless minidress or a seamless bustier or body shaper. Make sure a shaper doesn’t create a visible line at the waist; if it does, you need a seamless all-in-one.
Although lace undergarments seem like a natural for a bride, they tend to show through, so stay away from them. Go even smoother by choosing boy-legged panties or boy-cut thongs instead of bikinis.
While you’re shopping for undergarments or wear with your wedding gown, be sure to think about any specific undergarments you might need for your rehearsal dinner outfit and any other wedding weekend outfits. And while you’re there, pick up something special for the honeymoon.