Bridal underwear is a topic that is too rarely discussed but actually of huge importance when considering your bridal outfit. Underwear can make or break a wedding dress and the confidence you feel from the support your underwear gives, can make all the difference to how you feel on your wedding day.
We have put together this blog post to help answer some of those all important questions when it comes to what kind of underwear you should consider (or avoid!) for different styles of wedding dresses. Of course if you are a Lisa Rose Bride and would like advice on what underwear you should consider for your specific wedding dress. Just get in touch (all our details are on our contact page) and we will be more than happy to point you in the right direction.
Simple Over Sexy
Ok, the first point to note is that when shopping for bridal underwear you should be looking for what’s practical rather than sexy! Now of course we’re not suggesting you spend your wedding night in your nude spanx 😉 By all means, treat yourself (and your new husband/wife) to a super sexy set of underwear for later on – but support and the detail in your wedding dress should be the only thing on your mind when it comes to your outfit on your wedding day, not whether your knicker line is showing!
Always choose nude
No matter what colour your dress is, we would always advise for your bridal underwear, to choose nude over white or ivory.
Slinky Wedding Dresses
Let’s look at Zacaria from Studio St Patrick as an example. This is a crepe fabric, so very light but also tight fitting and very slinky. These types of wedding dress do not offer as much integral support as a more structured wedding gown would, but there are always ways to add it!
For starters, lace is a big no no!! You would most definitely want to look at seamless underwear for this type of wedding gown. The way the dress hugs the body, following all of your curves, will most certainly show up any lines that may appear from your underwear. A pair of shapewear shorts such as these from Debenhams, would be perfect.
The back is also very low cut which will determine the kind of support you would consider for your chest.
We would recommend bust cups as shown below, that come in a standard B/C cup and are included in most alteration packages at Lisa Rose Bridal. They are sewn directly into the dress and can be doubled up for additional support if you need it. Resulting in clean lines, no straps to sneak out into the open, and a lovely shape to the top half of your gown.
If you prefer the support of an actual bra over cups, our seamstress Sam is a wonder woman! And could most certainly look at sewing a bra into the dress and removing the sides so nothing with be shown by the backless cut of the wedding dress.
Here we have January from Blue by Enzoani which is also a slinky, figure hugging wedding dress. However, as it is constructed from lace, it is much more forgiving when it comes to what you’re wearing underneath. Patterning from your underwear would be disguised by the patterning in the dress although we would probably still advise more supportive underwear such as the cycling short shape bottoms, purely to help keep the line of the dress beautifully clean and increase your confidence on the big day.
Ball Gown Style Wedding Dresses
When looking at ball gown style wedding dresses, you do have a little more flexibility when it comes to underwear. Estelle shown here, from Mia Mia is a beautiful example. These more structured wedding gowns are created from thicker fabrics such as satin, and more often than not come with an internal corset. Often negating the need for a bra at all. However, for larger chested ladies, or those that simply feel more body confident when wearing a bra – there is no problem with this style of dress. All straps will be covered and you could even consider something a little more ‘exotic’ if you like as patterning from lace for example will be disguised by the heavier fabric of the gown.
Other features found in more structured wedding dresses, such as boning or corset backs, also add incredible amounts of support. In these instances, the dress itself will do up much tighter than a bra would so offer all the support you could need. Sometimes underwear can even get in the way of a more structured wedding dress so we would advise bringing in your chosen styles to try with your gown to each fitting so our seamstress can ensure that your chosen underwear works with your chosen wedding dress.
Zeltia from Studio St Patrick is another example which offers a much more structure internally with an inner corset which offers all the support you should need.
Nothing is Impossible
Remember, that you feeling confidant on your wedding day is THE most important thing. We will do everything in our power to ensure that you get exactly what you want in terms of look and support. Our seamstress Sam will be more than happy to offer advice or solutions to ensure you are 100% comfortable and confident in your bridal outfit. We had one bride not long ago, purchase the stunning Rexanna gown from Sophia Tolli. She was a little fuller in the chest and felt that she really wanted the added support of a full bra. You will see from the images below that this at first this didn’t appear to be an option…
However, Sam was able to make adjustments to the dress to bring the top panel down the back to a position where it would cover the bra strap, whilst keeping the beautiful openness of the back – Giving the bride exactly what she wanted.
Whilst carrying out our research we found Debenhams to be a brilliant source of both products but also information. This page in particular is really helpful for brides who need a bit of a steer on what sort of underwear to consider for underneath her wedding dress.
If bridal underwear is a concern that you have, book yourself an accessories appointment with either Kyla or myself and bring along some options. We will be more than happy to work through them with you. We are here to make sure your wedding outfit is perfect and bridal underwear is such an important part of that. But fear not, Lisa Rose Bridal are here to help!