How to Choose Wedding Shapewear

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If your big day is coming up and you’re panicking about a particular part of your body, look no further than our great tips for picking the best shapewear to complement your beautiful wedding dress:

  • Don’t buy any shapewear until you have chosen your dress, as this will determine which style and shape you go for
  • Also, if you are planning on losing weight for the wedding, wait until you have reached your target size, there’s nothing worse than baggy Spanx
  • Talk to your wedding dress designer or retailer as they are best placed to give you advice on what underwear you will need. Your dress may have integrated boning, but this won’t necessarily mean that you can go bra-less, especially if you are larger up top
  • Make sure you measure yourself (honestly) as brands will have different sizing
  • Once you have purchased your lingerie, take it with you to your dress fittings, as it may be the case that it can be sewn into your dress, meaning you don’t have to worry about visible lines or straps
  • Make sure you try on all of your underwear and shapewear with your dress, and get someone to check that
  • Even if your dress is white or ivory, stay away from white underwear! Choose nude shades or cream for invisibility.
  • You can always change out of your shapewear into something a bit more glamorous once the ceremony and photos are finished!

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Cinchers are great for shaping your waist. They are a one piece band that you wear around your waist, and are available in firm or extra firm control options. They should be invisible under most dresses, although it is best to check this carefully if your dress is made of one layer of fabric. The Maidenform Easy Up Cincher has a slinky central panel.

Control shorts are brilliant for keeping your bum and thighs in check under tight fitting mermaid or A line dresses. Spanx power shorts are great for this.

If you have a full skirt, you can opt for a slip underneath to give you complete body control. Look for ‘wear your own bra’ styles for increased comfort. The Miraclesuit high waist slip is brilliant.


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