Your wedding dress and accessories are the most vital aspects of your bridal look. However, what you wear underneath can be equally as important, and can play a key role in your comfort and confidence on your big day. Enter: Tummy control underwear. If you’ve never worn shapewear but are considering it for your big day, we recommend giving this type of shapewear a try. Well-made tummy control underwear can have the same comfort as your favorite pair of undies, with a little something extra to accentuate your curves and support your tummy and hips under your dress.
First and foremost, it’s important to look for good compression that smooths the tummy and hips area. “You want the underwear to smooth out your hips and stomach, so the dress can highlight your curvier area,” says Cami Raymond, the Senior Design Director of Ruby Ribbon.
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Cami Raymond is the Senior Design Director of Ruby Ribbon.
Read on for the best tummy control underwear for brides.
Best Overall: BALI Firm Control Brief
Price at time of publish: $32
Our best overall pick for tummy control underwear is the BALI Firm Control Brief from Bare Necessities. We love this underwear because it’s super comfortable, comes in neutral tones that pair well with a wedding dress, and has a little bit of lace detailing on the sides for an added luxe look and feel. The underwear is also available in a good size range and is designed with a hidden panel on the tummy to help create a smooth look
Best Budget: Maidenform Women's Tame Your Tummy Shaping Lace Brief
Price at time of publish: $12+
Shapewear can run a bit pricey, but you can still get a fantastic pair at a good price. This tummy control brief underwear received top marks from over 4,000 Amazon customers for its comfort, fit, and the way it shapes the body’s contour. We also love them because they come in a great color range, have a good amount of stretch with 16 percent spandex, and stay put after long wear.
Best Variety Pack: Felina Seamless Shapewear Brief
Price at time of publish: $15+
If you love tummy control undies and know you’ll want a few pairs—be it for your rehearsal dinner, wedding, and honeymoon—a variety pack is always a great idea. Our favorite one is from Felina and features four high-quality shapewear briefs in black, nude, or a mix of the two shades. These undies are great if you like medium control, and prefer a wide waistband for a more seamless-looking appearance under dresses.
Best Skin Tone Range: Spanx Everyday Shaping Panties Thong
Price at time of publish: $22+
For a pair of tummy control underwear with a good range of skin tones, we love SPANX Everyday Shaping Panties in the thong style. The underwear comes in three shades of nude, as well as black, and in sizes extra small to extra large. In addition to their color range, we love these undies because they feature a tummy-shaping panel that feels secure and supportive, plus they are stretchy enough for long-lasting comfort without losing their contouring abilities.
Best Shorts: Jockey Slimmers Breathe Mid Rise Short
Price at time of publish: $26
Shapewear shorts are our go-to under dresses—including wedding and bridesmaid dresses for tummy and upper thigh support. This one is made with 8 percent spandex, giving it a nice stretch while keeping a good structure. These tummy control shorts also come in sizes ranging from small to 3X-large, making them one of the more inclusive shapewear options on the internet.
The shorts are also designed to breathe and are made from sweat-wicking and cooling fabric, which is greatly appreciated on your wedding day. On top of that, you don’t have to worry about them slipping and sliding around your body while you dance, since they have built-in silicone grips on the waist.
Best Thong: SKIMS Core Control Thong
Price at time of publish: $34
We wear our Skims Core Control Thong weekly and can’t think of a better one to slip into on your big day. From the front, the undies look like a really great pair of tummy control briefs with a high-waisted style that wraps around the waist and lower back. And, from the back, they help create a seamless and contoured look with no visible panty lines, which is exactly what you want if your dress is more form-fitting. The thong undies come in tons of great skin tones and neutral colors as well as inclusive sizing (from XX-small to 4X-large), too. If you want a little more shapewear, the thong also comes in a high-waist sculpting style.
Best Size Range: Commando Classic Control Brief
Price at time of publish: $45
For a thong with the best size range, we recommend the Skims Core Control Thong, too. However, if you want something with more coverage, the Commando Classic Control Brief is our top pick. Available in sizes X-small to 3X-large and a few different nude shades—plus black—these tummy control briefs have a lightweight compression that helps smooth out the stomach, hips, and bottom, without digging. And, despite their fantastic coverage, they are seamless by design, so you can’t see the waistband or leg seams under tight-fitting garments.
Best Waist Cincher: Soma Vanishing Edge Waist Cincher
Price at time of publish: $42
Soma’s Vanishing Edge Waist Cincher is the perfect cross between a pair of tummy control underwear and a waist trainer—without the seams and discomfort. This shapewear is designed to accentuate the hourglass with the use of paneling and compression fabric. We love it because, while it has firm control, it is also super lightweight, stays put, and is comfy for long wear.
Best Brief: Ruby Ribbon Everyday Shape High Waist Brief
Price at time of publish: $59
Briefs are all about providing coverage, so we love one with a high-waisted design. This pair from Ruby Ribbon is our top pick because, while it has some lightweight compression, it’s designed to accentuate your natural body shape and curves, not make you feel like you’re stuffed into someone else’s figure. You want to feel like you on your wedding day, and your underwear should help you achieve that (and cheer you on with a little confidence boost, too).
In addition to accentuating your gorgeous figure, this shapewear keeps everything in place with a silicone-lined waistband and leg holes ready to prevent any shifts and slips. It’s also cut from sweat-wicking and cooling fabric to keep you feeling fresh late into the evening.
Best With Lace: Cosabella Never Say Never Sexy High Waisted Thong Shapewear
Price at time of publish: $60
Cosabella is home to our most beloved pair of lace undies—and their tummy control thong is just as incredible. From the way it fits and feels to its gorgeous, lacy appearance, this is a wedding shapewear item that doubles as lingerie. On the outside, it looks like a high-waisted lace long. But, underneath the lace is strategically placed tummy control paneling to give you nice support, and accentuate your waistline.
What to Look For in Tummy Control Underwear
Make sure that the underwear smooths your stomach and hip area, without digging in or creating bulges. It should feel contained, but not overly tight.
No Visible Panty Lines and No Digging
When shopping for tummy control underwear for your wedding day, Raymond says to consider if the underwear will show up under your dress. “You don't want any lines showing through your dress to take away from the overall style," she explains. "Also, having the waistband dig can be painful and end up losing its purpose when it comes to shaping."
Speaking of no digging, comfort is queen when it comes to shapewear. “Shaping and smoothing are important, but you want to make sure you feel good in your underwear,” says Raymond. “You don’t want to be pulling at your underwear and worry about it rolling down under your dress and ruining your special day,” she adds.
Do you order your normal size in shapewear?
According to Raymond, you can and should order your usual size in shapewear. The reason for this is that most shapewear styles are designed with typical size ranges in mind, so ordering a pair in your typical size will ensure a better fit.
How does tummy control underwear work?
“In most shapewear, there are usually strategically placed panels built or knitted into the garment to compress the tummy area,” says Raymond. That said, some brands also utilize different types of compression fabric and design techniques to achieve a shapewear feel while keeping things seamless.
Why do you need tummy control underwear?
“You want to feel and look your best on your big day, and walk down the aisle in confidence—the right shapewear can give you that,” says Raymond. “Tummy control underwear helps to smooth out your stomach and accentuate your curves, especially if your bridal gown or bridesmaid dress has clingy fabric,” she says.
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Contributing writer Jessie Quinn has a bachelor's degree in fashion journalism. From working in the fashion closet and interviewing designers at NYLON Magazine to now writing about the best style trends for various publications—including, Byrdie, Brides, The Zoe Report, Bustle, and more—Jessie researches and sources the best fashion finds for readers. When researching the best tummy control underwear for wedding dresses, Jessie kept function, comfort, and style top of mind. As a result, she curated a list of the best shapewear underwear styles for your big day.