WEDDING PROOF LINGERIE: THE INSIDER TIPS
Non VPL, stick on bras, nipple stickers, strapless plunge bras - when it comes to wedding proof lingerie, it is a bit of a minefield.
"We don't wear white or ivory as an entire outfit very often, so aren't necessarily aware of the challenges it can present,” Eloise Rigby from our specialist partner The Pantry Underwear explains.
Comfort is paramount - if you don’t normally wear thongs for example, your wedding day is not the time to experiment. “Weddings can be long days involving lots of moving, eating and drinking,” Rigby & Peller lingerie styling specialist Josie Fellows tells VOGUE. “So, when trying on your lingerie, make sure to move around in it: walk, sit, stand up and stretch. That way you’ll get an idea of how comfortable the piece will be over time.”
If your outfit is slinky and silky, do like the A-List and wear shapewear. Anything lacey will show through a silk dress, so for a streamlined look you’ll need non-VPL. Not very pretty but hugely practical! Says celeb stylist Tara Swennen, whose celebrity clients include Kristen Stewart and Emily Ratajkowski, “[Shapewear] is their armour on the red carpet. It makes them feel locked and loaded. It makes them feel solid. They’re jiggle-proof and wardrobe-malfunction-proof. It gives them an air of confidence.”
Here are our tried and tested tips:
THE BEST NIPPLE STICKERS
L: Nippies Skin, M + R: Love Nood
From countless shoots to our own wedding days, we have tried and tested a million of these things. We recommend Nippies Skin (which are washable and reusable) and Love Nood which has an amazing colour range to match different skin tones.
Perfect for: going braless but avoiding perky nips in pics
THE BEST BRA-LESS LIFT
Tried and tested by the experts at The Pantry Underwear, the braless lift solution is suitable for cross-back, halter, plunging and backless garments. Designed with skin safe third-grade medical tape, you will be supported and comfortable all day, without the constraints of a bra.
Eloise at The Pantry says it's a best seller, for good reason: “the bra-less lift solution enables the wearer to confidently style completely backless dresses and tops. Often it'll be worn underneath a backless garment such as a bodysuit to offer further support. It's also commonly worn with wedding dresses that have cups built in, to provide the uplift, support, and security required throughout the day. Contrary to expectation, this is a really comfy product to wear.”
We also like Fashion Forms Voluptuous U-Plunge self-adhesive backless strapless bra (seen below) which, if the neckline and fabric allows you to wear it, offers you the best of both worlds.
Perfect for: if you’re considering backless styles but still want a bit of support
THE BEST BODYSUITS
If you’re wearing a backless dress but want the security of an all in one, there are lots of options. The Pantry Underwear's best seller is the Ivette Low Back Body (seen above.)
Fashion Forms also do a great selection of bodysuits, as do Ender Legard. A useful piece of advice from The Pantry team, "it is worth bearing in mind that backless styles cannot offer the same support as your everyday t-shirt bra as they are essentially missing half the bra. To counter this, some brides underpin them with the bra-less solution above. The cups, however, offer a smooth and rounded shape under clothes, proving the wearer with a beautiful silhouette.”
Perfect for: low cut dresses, backless dresses
THE BEST STRAPLESS BRAS
If your outfit will allow you to wear a strapless bra this is a great option. The Pantry Underwear are big fans of Panache’s perfect plunge-shape strapless bra, as it avoids the shelf like and squished shape many strapless bras have a reputation for giving. Standing from the side, it'll create an uplifted t-shirt bra style shape - a look many brides want to replicate for their wedding days. Others brides have recommended Wonderbra's strapless option to us.
THE BEST BRIEFS
Non-vpl is the way forward - Spanx are the original and (we think) still the best but we also like Skims and Heist. Our favourite is the Spanx undie-tectable thong in nude (available in lots of stockists) including ASOS and Selfridges.
If you're looking for a full on smoothing effect The Pantry team recommend shorts. In fact they say more than 90% of their brides end up with shorts or a short section as part of their foundations: "Not only do they offer smoothing attributes (your bum tissue is generally the softest on your body) and ensure no lines, they're also really comfy to wear and are breathable so as not to make you feel hot. Many of our brides also like the additional support of shaping shorts. Regardless of what you choose, an invisible short is extremely useful for future lingerie needs, too.”
Perfect for: slinky silky dresses
GETTING READY - WHAT TO WEAR
OWN's oversized monogrammed shirts (made from 100% British cotton) are based on the classic Oxford Shirt and are the perfect, relaxed option to get ready in. The inspiration for the shirt came from co-founder Jess' 'getting ready' experience for her own wedding. She says, "The morning of the wedding I hadn't planned anything to get ready in and my now husband, Alex, had left a white shirt over a chair. I threw it on for the morning, it was loose and relaxed and felt very 'me' over a traditional dressing gown." Monogram your new initials on the pocket and the date of your wedding in the inside collar to make it feel extra special.
THE NEXT DAY (destination wedding)
The OWN Studio STYLE 010 // RESORT DRESS £435. Assorted bikinis from Hunza G, Peony Swimwear and Solid and Striped
A white bikini and cool cover up is essential for your recovery day party in the sun. We love Hunza G, Peony Swimwear and Solid and Striped for their cool swimwear. Pair with OWN's STYLE 010 // RESORT DRESS, the perfect floaty and lightweight cover up for your pool party.
THE NEXT DAY - (UK wedding)
Images via brands recommended below
Even though you can get away with more practical options it's still nice to feel special the day after the wedding. We love Boujo Hake (made in London), Le Petit Trou, Les Girls Les Boys, The Under Argument and Love Stories for their stylish yet comfortable luxury underwear. Best of all you can wear it long after the wedding day.
WHERE TO SHOP IF YOU WANT A PHYSICAL FITTING OR NEED ONE TO ONE ADVICE
The Pantry Underwear is our number one go-to - we've worked with them for many years and send all our brides there. They are the experts when it comes to bridal lingerie and you can do a virtual or in-person fitting to talk about your needs. Find out more here on the services they offer
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