How To Choose Bridal Shapewear For Your wedding Day
Choosing the right shapewear for your wedding day is absolutely crucial. Working in the bridal industry, we have probably encountered and seen everything and anything when it comes to undergarments for your big day.
We’ve seen everything from seamless boy-shorts, to full-body Spanx, to low-neck camisoles. You name it, we’ve seen it. This is why we think we’re the best people to chat to about shapewear brands and give our advice to help you navigate all the different types of shape-wear there is in the retail world to help make your decision easy when choosing one to wear under your wedding dress.
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We always want our brides to feel their most confident on their wedding day
and most of the time bride’s will choose to wear some sort of shape-wear or seamless underwear. They help give cleaner lines under your gown (or pants if you’re wearing our new Bardot pants). In saying that though, if you’re wearing an A-line skirt or big ball gown; you are one of the few who can wear whatever underwear you want!
We will ALWAYS recommend bringing your undergarments to your appointments. Even from your first appointment to trying on gowns – to your final fitting. Always try to wear a pair that is closest to your skin tone. White or Black will show up no matter what shade of Ivory your gown is.
Seamless, Seamless, Seamless.
Don’t forget that word.
Whether you’re wearing a lace gown or a simple silk dress. Seamless shape-wear and underwear is your best friend. The last thing you want to see in your wedding photos is an image of you and your partner on your big day – and then an underwear line right where there shouldn’t be one.
Make sure to always buy the size up as well. This sounds weird however, you don’t want any part of the underwear digging into your skin and creating a line under your wedding dress.
Wearing a size down won’t help and you won’t get to enjoy all that food you’ve paid for!
In between booking your gown and your wedding day you normally have around 6-9 months and in that time you might be hosting a few more celebratory events. Such as your engagement party, bridal shower, hens night and rehearsal dinner. These are all perfect opportunities to test different brands and styles of shape-wear and underwear to see which suits you and how they sit on your body.
We start hemming your wedding dress to your heel height at your first fitting.
To wear or to not wear shape-wear is pretty crucial at this appointment as it can affect the gowns fit on your body. For instance, if you’re wearing shape-wear that has more stomach control, it affects the way the hem falls and wearing it for only one of your appointments can drastically change the length of your gown.
At this first fitting, everyone arrives with their shoes (a MUST), bra’s (if you’re wearing one), jewellery and a handful of undergarments. We always recommend purchasing a few different styles and brands to try on at your first fitting to see what works best. Our dressmakers will always give their honest opinion, as they see brides all day, every day and know what works.
Make sure you keep the tags and receipts for them all so you can return the styles you won’t be wearing!
Introducing Jessica Cook, Team Coordinator at leading underwear brand Intimo.
Hi everyone my name is Jess, and I’m a 29-year-old married Melbourne girl. Two and a half years ago I started my own fitting and styling business with Intimo, amongst planning my own special day. I struggled to find something to wear under my wedding dress that was not only flattering, made me feel good but also was comfortable. This is when I discovered Intimo. I’m a professionally trained bra fit specialist and have the absolute pleasure of fitting hundreds of women a year for both everyday lingerie and special occasion wear such as bridal. Intimo is a Melbourne owned and designed Lingerie company that sets Industry standards with lasting quality, ethically and sustainable manufacturing processes as well as the perfect fit and support that every woman deserves. I love making women feel good in their own skin and offering a personalised fitting experience that is tailored to suit individual needs and lifestyle.
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You are wearing Sage, a sexy, bias-cut silk slip dress to your intimate elopement.
About the bride
She needs something to contour her shape that is seamless and accommodates a low back.
A popular favorite for many, the Intimo signature smooth string is made from a microfibre fabric which ensures an undetectable finish beneath clothing. The smooth string has an elasticated waistband and legs for comfort and grip. This style will allow for day to night comfort, and maximum breathability whilst on the dance floor.
I would also personally recommend Intimo’s matching Smooth Convertible Bra. This particular bra provides a sweetheart neckline, while side boning and silicone lining ensure no slippage. Available in sizes 10-16, A-DD cup.
You are wearing Vivienne, a strapless, fitted lace gown with statement sleeves.
About the bride
She has a thicker waist and is conscious of where the bodice finishes at her stomach and needs something firm to hold her in all the way through to the thigh.
Engineered with firm microfiber to redefine the waistline, the Allure Midriff Brief pairs function with form to provide smooth lines and a sleek silhouette. This beautiful piece has been completed with Intimo’s signature flat lace around the leg opening, to conceal unwanted curves without compromising on comfort. This style is perfect for any bride that is looking to wear a bridal gown more fitted around her hips and waistline. If you have chosen to wear a bra, the band will sit underneath your bra band, or alternatively, the silicone stripping will hold firmly against your skin for all-day comfort.
You are wearing the elegant Bobby CURVE gown.
About the bride
She needs bust support and full-body & thigh support to contour her fuller figure and bring out her features.
The Allure Shaping Bodysuit combines equal parts beauty, form and function for all women. Once again this gorgeous piece is constructed with a firm smoothing microfibre material, that accentuates your curves ensuring you feel smoothed and firmed out. The neckline allows you to wear a bra of your choice, many of my brides pairing this piece with our Signature Convertible or Tshirt Bra. The fabric on the straps will also disguise any bra straps, and poppers on the gusset allow for easy wearing.
You are wearing the sexy Arabella gown.
About the bride
She is a pair shaped size 10 with a small bust and waist and fuller in the hips. She wants full support that doesn’t interrupt the low front or back of the gown.
When searching for a full-coverage pair of briefs, I personally think you can’t go past out Miracle Light Control Briefs. Engineered for light support across the waist, these briefs ensure a firm and comfortable fit without that restricting feeling of your classic shapewear.
You are eloping in our bridal suit.
About the bride
She needs something that accommodates tailored wide-leg pants and a lowish cut blazer that she is wearing a silk cami with.
Your options are endless with this classic Bridal suit. For a more petite figure, I would recommend our Allure String. Crafted from our signature flat lace, it features generous front and back coverage with narrow side panels that can be positioned to wear either high or low on the hip.
Alternatively, for the fuller figure girls, I would recommend our Opulence Culotte String which offers a higher rise lace panel that will gently smooth the stomach for a sleek silhouette and no VPL lines.
Contact Jess today
Jess offers a complimentary fitting service from the comfort of your own home, in her Melbourne based studio or virtually.
Enjoy the experience of being professionally fitted either privately or with your Bride squad.
Intimo’s Feel Good Fit Guarantee means she offers free exchanges and returns in the case that for any reason one is required.