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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.
Meet the Expert
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 Comfort: Honeylove SuperPower Short
This breathable power short uses panels of varying degrees of compression to shape and sculpt in all right areas resulting in a flattering fit that doesn't pinch or squeeze.
Best Seamless Panty: Spanx Undie-Tectable Thong
If you're wearing a minimalist slip dress, opt for this seamless thong crafted from butter-soft fabric. Although this style is simple in design, you can rest assured that it won't create any unwanted panty lines.
Best Smoothing : SKIMS Sculpting High Waist Brief
With sculpting high-waisted briefs, bodysuits, and bras all available in a wide range of colors and sizes, it's no wonder brides are turning to SKIMS for their big day. We love this double waistband style for its flattering and supremely comfortable fit.
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 Thong: SKIMS Core Control Thong
The SKIMS bridal collection offers 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 for Open Back Dresses: Fashion Forms Backless Strapless Bodysuit
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 and flawless support.
Best Shaper Shorts : Spanx Higher 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 for Strapless Dresses: Spanx Suit Your Fancy Strapless Bodysuit
This sleek shaper has a built-in padded bra for brides looking for a little extra lift. Designed with detachable straps, this bodysuit is a versatile option suited for a variety of wedding dress silhouettes.
Best Barely-There Briefs: Commando Butter Control Brief
The name says it all! These Commando control briefs are as good as going bare and are as smooth as butter. This style is perfect for brides-to-be who are looking for light and seamless compression.
Best Style with Detachable Straps: Wacoal Red Carpet Medium Control Convertible Bodysuit
Let's be honest, there's nothing more frustrating than having to constantly readjust a strapless bodice. Luckily, this style comes with silicone cups that help to keep the bodysuit from falling down.
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 shapewear but with a little more freedom. If your dress is body-hugging then a skirt slip is the perfect option for you.
Best Mid-Thigh Shaper: Natori Plush High-Waist Thigh Shaper
This mid-thigh shaper is like a supportive second skin and feels like next to nothing on. 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.
SKIMS 'Fits Everybody' Sculpting Bodysuit
This impeccably made SKIMS bodysuit was crafted to lay flawlessly under your wedding dress. Designed with a high-cut leg opening and thong back, this piece guarantees seamless support.
Best for Long Sleeve Gowns: SKIMS Barely There Open Bust Arm Shaper
For brides wanting a little extra coverage under their long sleeve wedding dress, this Skims arm shaper smoothes and sculpts your arms and back.
Best for Strapless Bras: 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.
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.
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.
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?
Do I have to wear shapewear under my wedding dress?
What shapewear works best under a wedding dress?
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.
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