The Non-Traditional Bridal Shower

What to wear UNDER the wedding dress!

While you’re pretty sure that granny panties are out, the big day is approaching and you’re still a little unsure of exactly what you should wear under your wedding dress—lingerie-wise, that is. Do you go the shapewear route and opt for something a little more flattering for the post-wedding festivities, or go for something a little more risqué and run the risk of something bulging or—gulp!—popping out?  Whether you’re a lingerie maven or are still getting used to the idea of wearing a bra every day, you can find the perfect items to complement your style.

The Good Old Fashioned Bra and Panty Combo

There’s something to be said about keeping it simple.  With the wide range of styles and prints available, pulling out the tried and true classics may be the best option for you if you find they’re what you feel most comfortable in.  Strapless or convertible bras can accommodate for a wide range of dress styles—strapless, low back, and even halter—if there’s a gown for the occasion, there’s a bra that will work perfectly with it.  Just make sure it’s comfortable, supportive, and completely hidden.  Consider taking a few different styles with you when shopping for your dress to ensure a perfect fit.

Seamless underwear work best under your wedding dress—there’s nothing like those dreaded panty lines to ruin a perfect shot of you hugging your new hubby post-ceremony.  For the tomboy at heart, try hipsters or boy shorts for a cute but comfy option.  For the more adept, feel free to flaunt a tanga, g-string, or thong, but make sure your hubby is careful when removing your strategically placed garter to avoid an unexpected and embarrassing moment.

Walk on the Wild Side

For those who can master the intricateness of the full regalia, consider going with a bustier with a garter belt and stockings.  This combination is sure to wow your new spouse and leave you feeling sexy and confident.  Bustiers also come in a variety of styles, lengths, necklines, and can come strapless or not.  They have a magic way of holding in certain areas while complementing others, creating that oft-sought-after hourglass look.

They may not be the best option for thinner fabrics, as any boning in the bustier could be visible under certain materials. Structured bodices are also not the best paring with bodices as they often have boning as well, leaving your top half overly stiff and uncomfortable.  Again, bringing along a couple of options when gown shopping may be the best way to determine if the bustier you have in mind is the best option for you.

Form Follows Function

If you equate the idea of a corset to medieval torture methods, find yourself fumbling due to the lack of “insert tab ‘a’ into slot ‘b’” instructions on garters, or generally find yourself dissatisfied with the concept of the everyday bra, fear not, for there are options for you as well.

Consider pairing a bra top camisole with a cute pair of panties for a no-fail option.  The cami should keep you contained but comfortable all day long. Or take inspiration from yesteryear with a comfortable slip.  A slip can be worn alone or over your under garments and will keep your dress from catching on any stiff materials, such as your bra’s underwire, and prevent clinging or bunching of the material.

Keep It In Place

Shapewear offers the ability to lift, smooth, plump, or squeeze.  Wish you had a more robust backside?  How about finding a way to hide that chocolate éclair from this morning’s breakfast?  Shapewear comes in a variety of forms and can help supplement your genetic gifts, or help hide them—whichever you prefer.  Some may even come with a built-in panty, and, depending on the style, you may find you don’t even need a bra, making shapewear a great option for almost anyone.

Dare to Let Your Legs Go Bare?

If you’re not going with garters and stockings, consider a pair of pantyhose to keep your legs free flowing under your gown.  Available in a broad range of options, consider ones with built-in panties, a sheer open toe, strategically placed shapewear, or go vintage with that classic seam running up the back of your leg.  Or opt to keep them au naturel, by skimping on them altogether. 

No matter what you choose to wear under there, the most important thing is that you feel beautiful and comfortable in the unmentionable department.  It can be extremely difficult to adjust your bra straps or underwear discreetly on a day when all eyes will be on you, so choose wisely and don’t forget the most important item—the garter!