Selecting Undergarments for Your Wedding Dress

Once you’re ready to start trying on wedding dresses, you may find it helpful to wear the undergarments you’re planning to use on your wedding day. In particular, if you need to pull in your waist or want to wear a special type of bra, this will make it easier to determine if your lingerie choices will match your dress selection. As you try on gowns, you may find that some options will be very uncomfortable – or impossible – based on the dress type that you choose.

Bras and underpants

Depending on the gown type you like, you may not be able to wear a bra or you may need to purchase a specific type. For example, if you choose a gown with a filmy bodice, you may not be able to wear a bra that will be easily visible through the fabric. At the same time, if you need to have a more supportive bra, it may be best to simply choose a gown that enables you to wear one.

Similarly, if you’re going to wear a backless dress or one with a bare midriff, you’ll want to make sure that your underpants are suitably covered. If you don’t want to wear a corset to manage an expanded waistline, you may need to wear control top hoses or underpants. Double check to make sure you’ll be able to wear them with the kind of dress you’ve chosen.

Girdles and Corsets

If you’re not pregnant and want to camouflage a protruding belly, it may be helpful to wear a corset or girdle. Even if your upper and lower body are fairly balanced, using a girdle will enable you to choose from a wider range of dress designs. Of course you should wear your girdle when you’re shopping for your dress, but it’s also important to wear it during regular daytime activities. This will help you become more comfortable wearing this type of restraint – the last thing you want to do is faint on your wedding day because you aren’t used to wearing your corset!


While many other aspects of Victorian dress have gone out of style, many women still wear hoops under their wedding gowns to increase the size of their skirts. Granted, some skirts will accommodate these accessories better than others. Just like wearing a corset, you may also need to practice walking, sitting, and dancing in your hoop skirt. While this isn’t terribly difficult to learn, being confident of your skills will make it a lot easier to for you to enjoy your wedding day.

Regardless of the wedding gown you choose, it’s important to choose the appropriate undergarments so that you’ll be comfortable on your special day. In particular, if you have little or no experience wearing hoops and corsets, it’s best to buy these items early on. This will give you a chance to practice wearing them and to see how various dresses will look as you try them on. In some cases, you may even find that the correct choice of undergarments is every bit as important as selecting the dress itself.

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Filed under: Wedding Dresses — vicky at 1:54 pm on Sunday, August 17, 2008