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Undoubtedly the most important item you'll wear on your wedding day is your wedding dress. The second? What you'll wear under your dress. Every bride deserves to look and feel their best so wearing shapewear is a personal choice and completely optional – you do you! Whether you're interested in shapewear for its contouring benefits or if you just want to make sure that your underpinnings lay smoothly beneath your wedding gown, we've found the best shapewear to celebrate every body type and wedding dress silhouette.
Confidence is key when walking down the aisle so the last thing a bride needs to worry about is pesky panty lines or an uncooperative strapless bra. When picking the right shapewear for you, first identify the areas you'd like to smooth or accentuate and then take into consideration the silhouette of your wedding dress. If you're rocking a strapless ball gown with a plunging neckline or a bustier bodice, a bodysuit is a great shapewear solution. Look for details like strategically placed boning for compression and support and snap closures that make it easy to take on and off. If you're wearing a minimalist sheath dress and are looking for added coverage, choose a body-skimming slip or pick up a pair of seamless briefs that cinch you at the waist and lay flat under your dress.
Take a moment to assess how you feel in your undergarments. Shapewear shouldn't ride up or be painful. It's your wedding day after all and you deserve to feel comfortable and confident – not pinched and squeezed!
Here, the best bridal shapewear for all wedding dress styles, body types, and budgets – seamless confidence ahead!
Best for Deep-V Necklines: Spanx Suit Your Fancy Plunge Low-Back Mid-Thigh Bodysuit
Spanx has become synonymous with shapewear and with good reason–they know what they're doing! Wearing a dress with a plunging neckline and a plunging back? This Spanx bodysuit has got you covered. For those looking for contouring of the stomach, waist, and thighs, this bodysuit has got you covered there too.
For a Strapless Gown: Spanx Suit Your Fancy Strapless Bodysuit
This sleek-shaper has a built-in padded bra for brides looking for a little added oomph. With the option to add straps or go strapless, this bodysuit is a versatile option suited for a variety of wedding dress styles and is also the perfect staple shapewear piece to have in your closet.
For Sheath Dresses: Commando Strapless Tech Control Stretch Slip
Brides wearing strapless or off-the-shoulder dresses should look for body-skimming stretch slips that hug and smooth your body in all of the right places. Since this slip is all one piece, you won't run the risk of a waistband digging into your sides.
Most Strapless Bra Friendly: Wolford Tulle Shapewear Dress
One of the best shapewear styles to complement a strapless bra is one that makes room for the bra and dips just below it. This featherweight tulle shapewear dress does just that and creates a seamless bust under your gown while contouring and smoothing the lower half of your body. This Wolford number is ideal for wedding dresses with thicker straps.
Best Smoothing: SKIMS Brief
With sculpting high-waisted briefs, bodysuits and bras all available in a range of skin tones and in sizes XXS to 5X it's no wonder that Kim Kardashian West's SKIMS shapewear is taking the world by storm. We love these smoothing high-cut briefs in particular. Made with a doubled waistband, these briefs are flattering and comfortable. Warning: SKIMS items sell out fast so scoop up your pair ASAP.
For Open Back Dress: Fashion Forms Lace Backless Strapless Bodysuit
Not all shapewear has to be strictly utilitarian, there are styles out there like this lace bodysuit that are fashionable and functional. This sexy number is perfect for a wedding dress with a seriously low and open back and features padded cups with clear adhesive straps for totally invisible support.
Best Mid-Thigh Shaper: Natori Plush High-Waist Thigh Shaper
For brides looking for high-waist brief that acts as a second skin while it smooths and shapes the thighs–Natori knows what's up. A power stretch jersey fabric helps the brief to stay in place while a soft lace finish prevents any seams from digging into your legs.
Most Seamless Lace: Squeem Brazilian Flair Mid-Waist Brief
These curve-enhancing briefs stop mid-waist making them ideal for the bride who wants a seamless fit that hits below the ribcage. If you're rocking a bustier style gown or a dress with built-in shapewear, sometimes the less fabric under the bodice is the way to go.
Best Set: SKIMS Sculpting High Waist Thong and Bra
The SKIMS bridal collection is finally here offering an array of size-inclusive and sleek shapewear. Our favorite piece? This sculpting high-waist thong that's designed to smooth and enhance your natural silhouette.
Most Versatile: Heist Convertible Shaping Briefs
Looking for shapewear that will work for your wedding dress and for all of your outfits leading up to the big day? These Heist convertible shaping briefs are up to the challenge. These targeted compression briefs come with removable straps that connect to the briefs and can be worn multiple ways from straight over the shoulders to crisscrossed in the front to accommodate a halter-neck dress. Clipping these straps into the briefs also gives you the added reassurance that they'll stay in place no matter what you're wearing.
Best for a Plunging Neckline: Va Bien Plunge Front Backless Bodysuit
Calling all brides who are rocking a gown with a seriously sexy plunging neckline–you need this bodysuit. Crafted from powernet mesh and featuring boning throughout, this style from Va Bien is built to create a smooth midsection and support the bust and is available in cup sizes from 32A to 38DD.
For High-Slit Dresses: SKIMS Asymmetrical Shorts
Sky-high slits were all over the Spring 2021 Bridal Fashion Week runways and if you're a bride who is about to show off some serious leg – you can't have your shapewear peeking through. SKIMS's solution to this wardrobe worry is an asymmetrical short that lifts and shapes your butt while leaving one leg free so that you can work that high-slit with absolute confidence.
Wacoal Strapless Shaping Bodysuit
By now you're aware of our love of a good bodysuit and how they work under virtually any wedding dress, but we'd be remiss if we didn't mention one of the most important details to look for when choosing the right bodysuit for you and that's: silicone grip lining. This bodysuit's cups come lined with a silicone grip that helps to keep everything in place – because there's nothing worse than constantly having to readjust a strapless dress!
Best for Lower Body Smoothing: Simone Pérèle High-Waisted Brief
Did you know that shapewear not only helps to ensure that your undergarments lay flat under your wedding dress but that they can also help with posture? High-waisted briefs that compress both your stomach and your back may help you stand up a little straighter.
Most Comfortable: Honeylove SuperPower Short
Honeylove's mission is to sculpt, not squeeze and we couldn't agree more. Often shapewear can squeeze and shape one area only to make another area more pronounced. Well, this short uses panels of varying compression to shape and release in all of the right areas. If you've been disappointed with shapewear in the past– we hear you! But give these SuperPower shorts a try.
Best Shaping Skirt: Yummie High-Waist Skirt Slip
A high-waisted skirt slip is a great solution for brides who want all the benefits of a shapewear short but with a little more freedom. And by freedom, we mean less of a hassle when it comes to popping to the bathroom! If your dress is body-hugging then a skirt slip is the perfect option for you.
Best Sheer Shaper: Spanx Footless Power Shorts
This footless shaper is one of Spanx's bestselling styles as it smooths and contours the stomach, hips, rear, and thighs and provides light and sheer compression on the legs. This style can truly be worn with any wedding dress as long as the hemline hits below the ankle.
Best Support: Maidenform Plus Size Bodybriefer
This plus size body briefer is the best of both worlds. An open bust design with adjustable straps allows you to wear your own bra while simultaneously lifting and supporting your bust. Power-mesh smooths the stomach, hips, and back and anti-static fabric assures a cling-free fit.
Looking for the best shapewear for your wedding dress? We've answered three common questions brides have when shopping for shapewear.
- What is shapewear? Shapewear is worn under your clothing and is designed to shape, smooth, support, and accentuate different parts of the body.
- Do I have to wear shapewear under my wedding dress? Wearing shapewear under your wedding dress is a personal choice and completely optional.
- What shapewear works best under a wedding dress? This really depends on your wedding dress silhouette and what areas of your body you're looking to target. If you're wearing a wedding dress with a plunging neckline, you should consider a deep-V strapless bodysuit. If your wedding dress is body-hugging, you could experiment with a seamless high-waisted brief or thong. While shapewear can be very useful, make sure to choose the amount of compression that's right for you – the last thing you want on your wedding day is to feel too constricted or uncomfortable.