Support Glossary

Body Shapers

Slim the stomach, hips, thighs, and/or derriere.

Bustier

A tight-fitting top worn as a brassiere. V-backed versions, made with extra boning and stiff cups, can be found for low-back wedding dresses.

Cincher

A highly slimming, one-piece undergarment for full-figured brides.

Control Top

Holds in and smoothes out the stomach, hips, thighs, and derriere.

Corset

The best strapless support available, this garment extends from above or below the bust to below the hips. Garters may be attached.

Firm Support

More supportive than control top hosiery.

Girdle Top

Pantyhose with sewn-in girdle to hold in the stomach.

Graduated Support

Offers various levels of leg support and compression.

Light Support

Offers the least support and leg compression of all the styles.

Give a Subscription to Brides Magazine as a Gift
Subscribe to Brides magazine

Get personalized planning advice, exclusive offers and must-read wedding news.

Thank You
for Signing Up!

Check your e-mail inbox for the latest updates from brides.com