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what bra to wear under wedding dress

From the dress to the reception to the after party, every moment of your wedding day is meticulously planned. But what about your lingerie? You might be so busy running around making sure all of the little details are up to your standards and forget about one of the best parts of your entire look. Your lingerie is the foundation for your wedding dress.

Needless to say, the lingerie you choose can make or break your entire look. No bride wants to spend her day adjusting her undergarments or worrying if her bra is visible in pictures. The right foundations can help your wedding dress fit you the way you’ve envisioned, support your bust and give you the lift you want, and provide that extra confidence boost that comes from wearing beautiful lingerie that feels good and fits amazing.

So what lingerie should you wear under your wedding dress? Read on for everything you need to know.

A strapless bra

Strapless bras are the ultimate multi-taskers. They work exceptionally well under strapless wedding dresses, one shoulder wedding dresses, and halter wedding dresses. Look for a strapless bra with a wide elastic band, side boning to keep the bra in place, and smooth moulded cups for a seamless look under your dress – like the Elissa Strapless Bra. To get the perfect fit, make sure the band fits snug but not uncomfortable. The band should also be parallel to the floor and on the loosest hook.

When choosing a strapless bra, opt for a wide band with multiple hooks to help keep it in place. The cups are important too – make sure your breast tissue is completely contained within the cups. Remember: the underwire should be encapsulating your breast tissue without spillage over the tops, sides, or bottom of the cups and band.

A longline bustier

Looking for a sexy piece that will slim your waist, smooth out your tummy, and provide the perfect foundation for your wedding dress? A longline bustier is just what you need. With its longer length, low-cut back, and microfiber molded cups, the Elissa Low Back Bustier works with a number of silhouettes – from backless to strapless dresses and halter to one-shoulder dresses. The demi cups offer a smooth, rounded look and provide just the right amount of lift and support for a beautiful shape.

With a longline bustier, you won’t have to worry about adjusting or fussing with your bra throughout the day. The full coverage design of a longline bustier – often stopping at the waist or just above the hip – effectively slims the torso and keeps the cups and body of the bustier in place. A favorite among brides everywhere, we suggest opting for the Elissa Low Back Bustier as an alternative to shapewear. Pair with the matching Elissa Bikini and you’ll have a stunning set to wear under your wedding dress.


Related: Where To Buy Longline Bras


A pretty lingerie set in something blue

If you’re unsure what to choose for your “something blue”, why not opt for an unforgettable lingerie set in a beautiful shade of blue? We love a pretty plunge bra or unlined bra in a light blue, teal, or turquoise. Ivory seems to top the chart for wedding lingerie, but blue is a great choice if you’re looking for something a little different. Plus, you’ll be able to wear and treasure your beautiful blue set for years to come. How wonderful is that?

Go braless

You might fall in love with a wedding dress that doesn’t work with any bra. Plunging necklines and exceptionally low backs are two popular styles that make it difficult to find the perfect bra. If that’s the case, you have a few options. You can ask your seamstress to sew foam pads into the bustline for light shaping, you could try an adhesive bra or “sticky bra” or pasties, or you could go braless. No matter what you choose, pick the option that you look and feel your best in. And then treat yourself to a few truly beautiful lingerie pieces for your wedding night and honeymoon!


Related: The Only Lingerie Packing List You Need For Your Honeymoon


We Highly Recommend

Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for your wedding day, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!


Featured image lingerie:
Elissa Low Back Bustier P5017 in Bare

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Katie Donnelly

Katie Donnelly is a full-time freelance writer, content manager, and founder of Katie Rose Creative. An experienced bra fitter, Katie has helped hundreds of people shop for lingerie. Her favorite bra is the Sandrine Plunge Longline Bra.

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