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Brides may think all eyes are on the gorgeous train of their wedding dress as they float down the aisle.
In fact, what guests are really checking out is the bride’s caboose, along with the rest of her fabulous figure. With the bridal derriere and the whole package on display in such a big way, ladies can take their cue from celebrities like Katherine Heigl, who shared with Oprah that she happily wore shapewear under her wedding dress.
The key is choosing the perfect bridal shapewear that works best with your specific wedding dress silhouette, whether it’s full and flouncy, trim and fitted, or somewhere in between. With today’s amazing array of shaping undergarments to match the contours of any profile, every bride can feel beautiful, comfortable and totally sexy, from the moment she says “I Do” until she’s whisked away to the bridal boudoir by her new hubby.
Belle of the Ball
With a flattering silhouette covering any troubles below the waistline, the “fairy tale” or ballroom dress flares at the waist into a full, poofy skirt. Often featuring a Basque cut that cinches in tightly at the navel to the top of the hips in a low V silhouette, the ballroom gown calls for an extra-high waisted shaping panty to slim the upper and lower tummy, and smooth any love handles or muffin top. The BH1206 High-Waisted Shaping Panty by Body Hush is a knight in shining armour for fairy tale brides, with high-tech compression technology to slim and tone where it’s needed most. Check out the rest of our Shapewear by Body Hush.
Princess for a Day: A-Line
Like ballroom gowns, the ever-popular A-Line or “princess” style wedding dress also nips in at the waist and flows out to the ground more subtly, like the outline of an uppercase “A”. Offering coverage above the navel, The 568 Cool Sensation High Waisted Seamless Shaping Panty by Triumph Lingerie gives seamless mid-torso contouring and has semi-sheer lace along the sides for an extra sensual twist. Every princess bride can waltz, tango and disco the night away in cool comfort with this panty’s innovative moisture-wicking Nurel Xtra Dry fabric.
Sheathes, Trumpets and Mermaids
Not for the faint of heart, sheath, trumpet and mermaid styles are the most body-hugging of wedding dresses. While sheath gowns are snuggly fitted from top to floor, mermaids are fitted to the knee then flare out to the floor, and trumpet dresses hug the body and flare from mid-thigh dramatically. These form-fitting silhouettes cry out for a seamless, high-quality shaping dress slip to ensure a smooth and streamlined hourglass figure, like the gorgeous BH1502 Glamour Matte And Shine Wyob Shaping Slip by Body Hush. As a Wear Your Own Bra body shaper, you can pair this Shaping Slip up with your bridal bra and feel lifted in the bodice. Browse through the rest of the Glamour Matte And Shine Collection by Body Hush. Also, check out our blog, Bridal Bras For Every Size to find the perfect bra for pairing with your shapewear.
The vintage empress cut is a lovely alternative to the popular form-fitting and full-skirted bridal gowns. With a waistline as high up as right below the bust and a loose fitted skirt that cascades to the floor, an empire silhouette camouflages everything south of the bodice. The classy and sophisticated 464 Easy Fit High-Waisted Control Brief by Grenier Lingerie offers a control panel that smooths all the way to under the breasts for high-waisted empresses, and has non-constricting leg openings.
Short and Sassy
Brides who dare to rock a short-skirted dress can try a shaping half-slip. For under a dress that showcases those gorgeous stems, the 13390 Shapewear Basic Seamless Half-Slip by Cybele fits discreetly above the knee and gives coverage where you need it (you can also ask your seamstress to incorporate it into your dress, or just to hem it to fit the hem of your dress). The very high Lycra content of the fabric provides amazing support and a sleek and seamless silhouette, giving brides who go mini-style all the more reason to glow with joy.
All-In-One for Everyone
For a wonderful all-purpose shaper to go with just about any dress silhouette, with the exception of strapless styles, try the BH1501 Seamless All-In-One Body Shaper by Body Hush. This beauty takes care of a multitude of trouble spots including tummy, waist, love handles and thighs with the added perk of a bum lift. It works with any well-fitted bra style to give a nice push-up effect up top.
Don’t forget to wear your cherished bridal shapewear to each and wedding dress fitting! Your dress should always be fitted according to the contours your shapewear creates, giving you a more accurate idea of what you will look like on your wedding day. Take a peek at our Bra Doctor blog, The New Look of Shapewear for even more information on the magic of shaping undergarments.
All Shapewear Styles Shown Here Are From at Now That’s Lingerie
Glamour Magazine: Image of Katherine Heigl