by: Lauren

Happy Thursday friends! I’m out of town yet again today, and so I asked my friend Erin of Bare Intimates to share her expertise with us about what to wear under your wedding dress! Because let’s face it… that’s something I have NO clue about, and I’m not about to even attempt to give you all advice on something I don’t know about! But Erin knows this stuff like the back of her hand, so take it away Erin!


For any bride, what you wear on your wedding day is probably the most significant outfit of your life. Brides spend countless hours tracking down the perfect dress, veil and shoes – but almost all of them have no clue where to begin when it comes to what they should wear under their dress.

Thursday Tips: What To Wear Under Your Wedding Dress via TheELD.comPhoto by Meg Baisden

If you’re having trouble deciding what to wear under your wedding dress, remember this: choosing the correct undergarment can not only slim your figure, but it will lift your bust and enhance the fit of your wedding dress. First things first, the style of your dress completely dictates what type of undergarment you should choose:

Strapless, Ball Gown – Brides trying to enhance their natural waistline should try pairing their gown with a bustier or corset for extra slimming and smoothing. I love this “Beth” set from Kiss Me Deadly for not only its shaping and support, but the delicate lace fabric is soft and feminine. Because of the natural boning most ball gowns have built in to the frame of the dress, naturally thin brides will be ok opting for built in cups or a backless strapless bra. My favorite is by Sassybax from Bare Necessities.

Mermaid – Brides choosing a fit and flare gown are obviously aware of their body and want their curves to make a statement! You’ll want to flatten your stomach and smooth out your hips, so try wearing a high waisted slimming undergarment – like this slimmers thong from onGossamer.

Halter – Most halter gowns have a plunging neckline, so you’ll absolutely need to find the best halter bra to pair under your gown for the proper support and comfort. I love this Marie Jo Avero Plunge Bra.

Sheath/Column – These slim fitting gowns are typically made of chiffon or organza, so it’s crucial you wear seamless undergarments. Try having cups sewn in to your dress and wear a seamless panty. If you are looking for more coverage, try a tailored slip for an extra layer.

A-Line/Princess – The most popular of the dress styles, this is all about preference. This style is flattering on almost all body types and can be easily modified. Keep your neckline in check when choosing a strapless bra, cups or bustier to match. The natural wide skirt can hide almost everything on your hips, so go for comfort! Hanky Panky is the best for a long day of walking down the aisle, standing and dancing the night away.

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You should never let your wedding day lingerie go too long without thinking about it. Do your research! Ask your bridal consultant while trying on gowns and always purchase and bring your chosen undergarments to your first fitting. This will allow your seamstress to know exactly how your body will be looking on your wedding day and give you the best fit possible. And before we go, here are a few more tips to remember:

1. You have to wear white. False! Unless you’re wearing a sheath chiffon dress, your wedding dress will have enough fabric to cover the color. I love when brides wear a pop of blush pink, peach or light teal under their dress.

2. Consider your undergarments if you are doing a garter toss. We all know how these can end up so consider what underwear you are wearing before your dress is lifted up in front of everyone.

3. Bridal lingerie can be functional and beautiful. Just because no one will see it, does not mean you should not feel gorgeous in stunning lingerie. It’s your wedding day! Go all out.

The important thing to remember is that this is your wedding dress! You deserve to have it look the best it possibly can on you.

Thanks for having me, Lauren!


Thank you for all of these great tips Erin! Like I said before- I have NO clue about undergarments for the different types of wedding dresses! I didn’t even know half of this stuff even existed! Hopefully all of this great information will help some of you out!  :)

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Lauren Grove is the editor and owner of Every Last Detail. A clueless bride-turned-wedding planner, Lauren uses her experiences and knowledge to educate and inspire brides all over the world.

3 responses to Thursday Tips: What To Wear Under Your Wedding Dress

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  1. Candice

    Wow! Great info! wish this was around for my big day! (a million years ago) Thanks for sharing!

  2. Krista A. Jones

    These tips are so helpful! Definitely something most brides don’t think about! I really love that you outlined what to wear for each type of dress!! So helpful!

  3. Cynthia (a Bride)

    Any thoughts for a low back gown? I’m a busty bride too.

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