It may not be the most elegant topic, but let’s face it – every bride wants her bra to contribute to a flawless silhouette on her wedding day, and none want a Janet Jackson-style “wardrobe malfunction.” Find the perfect pairing for your dress with these insider tips.
For a Strapless Gown
The obvious go-to is a killer strapless bra. Get fitted by an expert in the lingerie department, and then lean down, raise your arms and shimmy a little to see if it stays put. If it does, try it on with your gown to ensure it doesn’t give you a uni-boob or create any unflattering bulges on your back. Another option is to skip the bra altogether in favor of a bustier, says Portland, Ore.-based wardrobe stylist Eden Dawn, who recommends Agent Provocateur. “Not only will a bustier provide better support, it will also offer seamless shaping under your dress,” Dawn says. “And you won’t be tugging up your bra all night.”
Halter and One-Shoulder Gowns
While a strapless bra also may work here, Julie Sabatino, founder of The Stylish Bride, a New York-based bridal styling service, often finds that her clients feel more comfortable just having cups sewn into the dress. But if more support is needed, she recommends a long-line corset, which will help flatten your tummy and enhance your waist as well as lift your bust. Just stay away from lacy or patterned styles that could show through, and keep in mind that some fabrics – such as like charmeuse, chiffon and crepe – could show bumps from the corset’s boning. Need a completely smooth option? Sabatino suggests the La Mystere Seduction line.
If you’ve got goods that can get away with minimal support, think about an adhesive strapless-and-backless bra like the Very Bare by Sassybax, says Dawn. Or check out the low-back Very Sexy bras with straps from Victoria’s Secret – they also have U plunges for keyhole backs and deep V’s, and bras with convertible straps.
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