For the most part, the days in which brides in the western world were unfamiliar with the arts of love until their wedding days are over. Bridal undergarments used to be a complicated affair of clips, stays, inflexible boning, and lace, most likely meant to confuse men. They often still are. But more often, lingerie represents the foundation of one’s fashion…the keystone, if you will. A silky smooth, form fitting gown requires a different sort of underpant than what one would logically put underneath a big princess dress.
Modern underwear is more functional than fancy. However, what we think of as fancy once had function. According to Lifetips,
Historically, garter belts provided a function — to keep your stockings from falling down. (Remember, these were the days before elastic.) Even men wore garters around their calves to keep their socks up!
These days, the sexy garter belt is just about the only one we think of when we hear the phrase. These come in several alluring fabrics and colors, and are usually used to seduction, not function!
It’s up to the future bride to decide whether or not her elborate dress will conceal similarly elaborate undies. The day of a wedding and reception can be a long and busy one. But a bride may want her “unveiling” to be as symbolic and memorable as her veiling. The style of dress should also play a part in her choice of undergarment.
Brides should start shopping as soon as the dress has been chosen. The sales associates at bridal boutiques may be able to offer advice. A photo of the dress can help them determine what style will build the best foundation. Even if a bride is looking for a sexier style, the keyword should always be comfort. As South Shore Weddings points out,
Because the fabric will be so form fitting against your skin, you will want to choose a fabric that does not cause you to itch, perspire excessively, or has very stiff boning in the construction that might become uncomfortable to you throughout the day. If you need boning, it is best to choose one that is flexible.
I wholeheartedly agree that it’s best not to choke oneself on one’s wedding day. While I plan to post a step by step guide to choosing your wedding undies in the future, for now I humbly offer this by-the-dress bra advice:
Strapless or off-the-shoulder: Choose a bustier or corset instead of a strapless bra. The former won’t slip down and end up around your waist while you’re leading the conga line during the reception. It will also push the breasts upward, making you look hot.
Plunging neckline or backless: If you’re small or firm enough, a good tailor should be able to sew supportive cups into the dress. If not…I don’t know what to tell ya! If your dress is backless, a plunging halter bra may do the trick.
Empire waist with sleeves: Any bra that doesn’t bulge will do!
Tank style: Again, any bra that doesn’t show or bulge will do. Don’t forget to safety pin the straps to the dress, lest you look like a teenybopper or Britney Spears.
Low cut back: You may be able to find a bustier with a sunken backstrap. Or, if your dress has a halter style top, try a halter bra that plunges to wrap around the waist.
Finally, regardless of the style of dress, I recommend lingerie in nude rather than white. Not all whites will match up.