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While wearing shapewear on your wedding day is certainly not required, if you’re looking for bridal underpinnings with added support and coverage, shapewear solutions are a great option. What's more, these shaping undergarments are designed to be virtually undetectable under most wedding dresses and come in a wide range of cuts and colors to suit all body types and skin tones.
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Sapna Palep is the Co-CEO of luxury lingerie brand Journelle. The New York City-based company carries designer lingerie, bras, underwear, shapewear, loungewear, and accessories.
"The key to choosing the right shapewear comes down to picking something that you know works for you, your body, and your unique needs," explains Sapna Palep, Co-CEO of Journelle. "You want to be comfortable throughout the day while focusing on the areas that need the most support." In addition to finding shapewear that’s right for your body type, you’ll also need to pick pieces that work well under your wedding dress. For example, certain undergarments like convertible bodysuits and bras provide great support beneath strapless ball gowns, while seamless briefs and thongs work best for form-fitting gowns and body-skimming slip dresses.
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.
Read on for the best bridal shapewear for every wedding dress and body type.
Best for Deep-V Necklines: Spanx Suit Your Fancy Plunge Low-Back Mid-Thigh Bodysuit
If you're wearing a wedding dress with a plunging neckline and a low back, then this Spanx bodysuit is a smart shapewear solution. As versatile as it is comfortable this undergarment is perfect for any special occasion.
Best High-Waisted Thong: Cosabella Never Say Never Sexy High Waist Thong Shapewear,
"The Cosabella Never Say Never Sexy High Waist Thong Shapewear, made with their signature floral lace, complete with a power mesh tummy control panel hidden underneath the lace for extra support. This high-waisted style is perfect to wear under your dress, yet offers a touch of sexy for your big day," says Palep.
Best Set: SKIMS Sculpting High Waist Thong
The SKIMS bridal collection is finally here with 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.
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.
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.
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 your body in all of the right places. Since this shapewear solution is 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.
Most Versatile: Heist Convertible Shaping Briefs
These targeted compression briefs come with removable straps and can be worn multiple ways from straight over the shoulders to crisscrossed in the front. 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 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.
What to look for in bridal shapewear
When it comes to bridal shapewear, it's important to pick an undergarment that not only fits you perfectly but lays seamlessly under your wedding day ensemble. Your shapewear should target areas that you'd like to smooth, contour, or support and shouldn't ride up or cause painful pinching and squeezing.
Shapewear comes in many different silhouettes and levels of compression. If you're looking for added contouring and support, opt for high-compression pieces or structured styles with built-in boning or bras. Searching for something a little more lightweight? Barely-there thongs or seamless high-waisted briefs feel like next to nothing when worn and are ideal for light and comfortable shaping.
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?
Definitely not! 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.
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Contributing writer Sophie Moore is a former fashion editor at Brides and is an expert in all things bridal attire, from couture wedding gowns to the perfect "something blue" accessory. She researches and sources the best fashion items for brides, grooms, wedding guests, bridesmaids, and more. Some of her favorite tried-and-true shapewear pieces are high-waisted briefs for everyday wear and bodysuits for formal occasions.