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Best Undergarments for Wedding Dresses

It’s amazing how the right undergarments can enhance the entire appearance of your wedding dress. Discover the best undergarments for wedding dresses from the professionals at Normans Bridal. Whether you need supportive bras, bodysuits, or the best shapewear, we have tips for most body types and styles. From strapless to backless and deep v-necks, find the perfect bridal undergarments, including plus size wedding undergarments. The best undergarments for wedding dresses will vary depending on a few factors, but luckily there are options to suit every bride. Ensure a flawless bridal look on your special day by reading our guide.

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When it comes to bras, you can simply wear your favorite style if your wedding dress provides enough coverage. Many dresses create a bit of a challenge, however, including strapless dresses, backless dresses, and dresses with deep v-necks. Here are our recommendations for those styles:

For Strapless Dresses

If you’ve selected a strapless dress, you may need to purchase a strapless bra or an adhesive bra. For brides with smaller chests, we recommend an adhesive bra with push-up support that will stay in place all day (even on the dance floor). In addition, some smaller-chested brides choose to have bra cups sewn into their wedding dress. While this may not offer much in the way of support, it will create a smooth shape. For brides with fuller chests, we recommend a strapless bra that fits securely around your body. Be sure to do a test run with your bra before your wedding to ensure that you’ll feel comfortable on your special day.

For Backless Dresses

Backless dresses are a whole different ballgame. If your backless dress has straps, a bodysuit with straps and no back will do the trick. As an added benefit, it can also compress your figure ever-so-slightly, which is definitely a confidence booster. Is your dress strapless and backless? Or just backless with transparent sleeves? Luckily, bodysuits also come in strapless versions too. If you’d rather not wear something that covers your midsection, consider trying out an adhesive bra. Again, you might also consider having bra cups sewn into your dress for a smooth shape without the fuss of a bra.

For Deep V-Necks

Deep v-necks are becoming an iconic wedding dress choice for our era. When paired with long sleeves and art-deco beadwork, a v-neck makes for a timeless-meets-sexy winter or fall gown. Of course, not just any bra will do for a deep v-neck. For those who need extra support, go with a bodysuit that also has a deep v-neck. If your chest is on the petite side, a two-piece adhesive bra might be right for you. Finally, you might wish to talk to your seamstress about sewing in bra cups so you can forget about wearing a bra.

Other Undergarments

Some dresses only require underwear and the right bra, but that isn’t always the case. You might wish to consider these options as well:

  • Dresses that are a bit sheer in nature might need a slip.
  • Form-fitting gowns usually look best with compression undergarments, slim-fitting shapewear, or even a bodice.
  • If you want to add some extra volume to your gown, you could wear a petticoat underneath your dress.
  • Concerned about chafing? Consider wearing Spanx or even silky, slim-fitting shapwear shorts.

No matter what you decide to wear under your dress, make sure it is comfortable and either white (to blend with your dress) or a shade of nude that matches your skin tone. The best undergarments for wedding dresses are the ones that do their job without being noticed by you or your guests!

Bringing a variety of undergarments to your wedding dress appointment can help give you a better idea of how your dress will look on your big day. After all, a bright bra with thick straps might distract from the beauty of a lovely white dress. At Normans Bridal, we don’t want our brides to stress over finding the best undergarments for wedding dresses before their appointment, so we offer a selection of bras and slips for try-on purposes.

If you live near Springfield, Missouri, stop by our full-service bridal salon. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff members can provide recommendations regarding the ideal wedding dress undergarments, style, fabric, and color, and we will assist you with zippers, laces, and buttons to ensure that the appointment runs smoothly. In addition, we would be happy to offer honest feedback to help you narrow down your choices. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please give us a call at 417-866-9800. With our wide selection of gowns, affordable prices, and helpful consultants, you’re sure to enjoy shopping for your wedding dress at Normans Bridal.