Bridal Lingerie and Hosiery Buying Guide
Once you've found the perfect undergarment
Before your first gown fitting, make sure to go bra shopping. Pick out several different styles that fit well and leave the tags on. Verify the return policy before buying them so that you can test them with the gown. When selecting styles, make sure that the bra feels comfortable and that it offers enough coverage and support. Many women want their bridal lingerie to look sexy and seductive and forget that they'll be wearing it all day. If you want something sultry, but it doesn't suffice for an 18boning'>boning, underwire, and other support structures built right into the dress, so that you don't really need much else to look good. In fact, wearing extra lingerie might make you look overly padded and be downright uncomfortable.
Sexy sheath and mermaid style gowns leave you and your shape out in the open. To cover up any minor flaws and to give a seamless line under your gown, try a Panties
Be sure to stick with white or nude panties, otherwise, darker colors may be seen right under your dress.
Not everyone needs hose, however, they offer warmth, a barrier between your feet and your shoes, and make your legs look nicer. They are also essential when it comes time to removing the garter, if you choose to do so.
after the reception because they are so easy to take off.
*corset with garters
) they can be very sexy and work great under sheath dresses or gowns with a dropped or basque waist. Nonetheless, they must also be functional. If you buy the wrong garter belt and your stockings are sagging around your knees all night, you will you be quite uncomfortable. Test out this style of hose before investing in a fancy getup.
: These can transform your legs and even help hold in your tummy, lift your bottom, and smooth your thighs. Choose from light support to Footless Pantyhose
: Gives you the support of a control top around your middle but allows your pedicure to shine through; great for summer brides and beach weddings!
. Just make sure to keep your seams straight!
* Don't be afraid of color. Just because your dress is white, it doesn't mean that your stockings
have to be white too. You can even stray from lavender
are all popular choices for daring brides.
* Consider the shoes you are wearing. Will they be strappy sandals or closedstockings'>reinforced toes.
* Finally, don't forget to buy several pairs of the hose you choose. You never know when you'll get a run, and it's better to have extras than be caught off guard.
Garters and Garter Belts
The garter toss is an old tradition for the groom to toss away his old bachelor ways and begin life as a married man. To the bride, the lack of the garter toss in the reception might be a relief, especially when you consider they cost $20 to $30, and she won't even get to use it again. Either way, it is only the couple who decides whether or not to include the event. If you do decide to play, you'll need a garter
, which is often the item that brides use for their "something blue". Other than that, a garter can be of any design or color that you like. Just make sure that it stays on so that it doesn't slip down in the middle of the first dance. Also, don't confuse garters with garter belts
; the two have similar functions but are not the same!