What Is the Best Underwear for a Wedding Dress?

Congratulations! You’re engaged, and soon you’ll be married to your loved one. Now that you’ve picked out your perfect dress, it’s time to consider your underpinnings. Although your foundations are hidden under the gown, they help give your wedding dress its silhouette on your big day. The right wedding-day undergarments will complete your look, and you can find shapewear, bras and underwear for every dress style and body type.

When you’re choosing your foundations, it’s important to pick pieces that are pretty and practical so that you can enjoy being dressed up during the big event. Below, we’ve included a few tips that can help you create the perfect wedding day ensemble inside and out.

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For most wedding dresses, a bridal bra is the perfect complement. A great bra will shape your bust and keep your breasts lifted. Some have removable inserts you can adjust to provide more fullness where you want it, while others feature straps you can cross or leave off altogether to accommodate the cut of your dress. Features like silicone strips will keep your bra from slipping and hold everything in place.

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If your dress has a lace or textured front with built-in support, you might consider wearing a sheer, lacy bralette underneath to provide a lovely, feminine touch. Balconette-cup designs can provide lift for a sweetheart neckline, and a push-up plunge bra will work beautifully with a deep V-neck style dress. If you have a large bust, a seamless, full-coverage style will give you the support and smoothing you need as you walk down the aisle.

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When it comes to the best underwear for a wedding dress, you can wear anything from a thong or a bikini to a full-coverage brief. Whatever style you prefer, you should choose a style that feels great and shows off your figure to its best effect without making any lines, bumps or shadows that distract from the loveliness of your dress.

Of all the foundational pieces you might need on your wedding day, underwear is the most essential. Bridal briefs and panties should keep you feeling fresh and confident and perhaps provide a bit of shaping support where you need it most. While it’s nice if your bra and underwear match, it’s not a necessity. Your first priority should be to make sure that any bands or seams will stay invisible. The safest bet is to wear a thong or a seamless panty or brief that blends in with your skin tone, especially if your gown is fitted over the hips or has a trumpet or mermaid silhouette. Simply put, the best underwear for a wedding dress is underwear that keeps you feeling comfortable and confident.


Some brides feel most secure when their bodies are fully covered and sculpted underneath their dress. In this case, a bodysuit or a pair of shaper shorts in a seamless control fabric can be the perfect way to lift your buttocks, smooth your tummy and thighs and create your ideal figure. Shapewear can help your dress fit better and even support your posture during the ceremony.

Things To Consider When You Choose Your Foundational Garments

On your wedding day, your dress is the star of your outfit, so it’s important for your undergarments to be supportive and invisible. You don’t want them to bunch up, ride up, create visible panty lines or show through your dress. You’ll want to support your bust and sculpt any areas like your tummy or hips that could create unsightly lumps or bumps under the fabric. Here are some points to consider as you choose your underpinnings.

Keep It Seamless

If your dress skims your body or is made from sheer, delicate fabric, you’ll want to avoid bright colors, seams, boning and embellishments that could show through your gown. Seamless underpinnings made from technical fibers like SkinFuse® and DuraFit® can shape your figure invisibly and keep you comfortable.

Take Care With Color

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Although many wedding gowns are lined, white, ivory, and pale colors like blush can be see-through. When you choose undergarments in shades that blend in with your natural skin tone, they are less likely to be visible. White or ivory undergarments can be beautiful, but sometimes they can show if they reflect light through the fabric. If you’re set on wearing white or colored undergarments, make sure to try them on with your dress in different lighting conditions and take flash photos to ensure they stay discreet.

Consider the Design of Your Dress

Your wedding undergarments should be easy to wear and bring out the best in the design of your dress. If your gown is form-fitting or strapless, you’re likely to want supportive underwear that will stay hidden as you move. If your dress has a plunge back, a low neckline, netting or cut-outs, you may want to wear underwear with less coverage so that it’s sure to stay invisible. Structured gowns with full or A-line shapes can accommodate foundations with boning or lacy details while flowing, less structured silhouettes typically look best with seamless foundations underneath.

Try On and Test Out Your Underwear

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To make sure your bridal underwear will look and feel great all day long, you’ll need to try them on at your fittings and give them a test run. Ideally, before your wedding day, you should wear your foundational garments for several hours at a time. This way, you can be sure they’ll be comfortable and stay in place when you’re sitting, standing, dancing, eating and drinking. If they bind or cause issues, swap them out.

Wear your bridal underwear during your dress fittings to ensure a proper fit. Choose foundations that make you feel comfortable, confident and supported, and be prepared. It’s a good idea to have a spare set of undergarments at the wedding venue, just in case something unexpected happens.

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When it comes to crafting your wedding day look, what you wear underneath plays a big part in creating the overall effect. With a good eye and a little know-how, you’re sure to select bridal underpinnings that will help you look your beautiful best.

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