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Because it's what's underneath that counts! Now that you're planning a wedding, it's the perfect time to step up your lingerie game. After all, the right bra and shapewear can completely change your life (and your future hubby's too!). Boost your confidence both in the bedroom and out of it with these top 10 picks from lingerie aficionado Antonia Townsend, founder of Enclosed.
1. The Little Black Thong
Just like the little black dress, this baby is indispensable in your lingerie collection. As Townsend points out, every girl needs a go-to, no show, basic black thong that makes her look and feel amazing no matter the outfit.
2. Control Garment(s)
You can't control everything, but your shapewear can! Whether you're a size 6 or a 16, a quality pair of tummy control panties will instantly smooth out your silhouette and give you the boost of confidence you need to totally kill it at your next event.
3. A Basic Bra
Get it right, get it tight! Although a great fitting plain Jane bra may not be the sexiest thing on the rack, your own rack will appreciate the support. So go get fitted if you haven't already, urges Townsend. And while you're at it, invest in a simple strapless style too.
4. A Convertible Bra
That way, you can actually rock the funky frock that's been hanging in your closet for ages. "Yes, a convertible bra may look like the crazy complex top you saw a girl at Burning Man wearing on its own, but you need it," tells Townsend. "It should have a halter, low-back, crisscross and one shoulder option."
5. A Nude Bra and Panty
Something to wear under whites and sheers that matches your skin tone is a must, notes Townsend. "Gone are the days when nude meant pasty shades of putty. Find smooth underwear that is one shade darker than your natural color for the undergarments to best blend in."
6. Barely-There Underwear
Visible panty line, be gone! Be it a chic boyshort or a booty-revealing G-string, Townsend says you'll definitely want to have a no-show solution on hand for those clingy-fabric, slinky silk dress kind of nights. "I love Commando brand, but you should pick your favorite," she advises.
7. Period Panties That Aren't Gross
"You're about to be a Mrs. so it's about time you ditch those really nasty, 'but they're my backup' pair of panties you've been hoarding in case." Just because your Aunt Flo came for a quick visit doesn't mean you have to resort to rocking raggedy panties. Buy some basic cotton styles that are cute but comfy and dark in color.
8. Wicking Workout Wear
Wick it real good! Seriously though, a seriously excellent sports bra is totes worth the investment, says Townsend. "Purchase a new one (or two) every few months, as these bras do take a beating."
9. Something Classically Naughty
Or clandestine, as Townsend calls it. "It should be somewhat illicit and for a select audience only. Perhaps some knickers that reveal your backside? Or even, dare we say, crotchless!"
10. A Special Request Item
A.K.A. every husband's dream! Ask him what he prefers, and then surprise him with the one piece he's always secretly wanted to see you in, suggests Townsend. Playboy bunny fantasy? Buy knickers with a pom pom cottontail and bunny ears to match. Naughty schoolgirl dreams? "Yup, go get yourself that kilt and knee socks. He'll love you all the more for it."