Sculpt Your Perfect Look: Wedding Dress Shapewear Guide

Wedding Dress Shapewear

Wedding Dress Shapewear

Mai Delacruz

Mai Delacruz
Personal Fitness Trainer & Health Coach

Updated on 6/2/2023

If there's one thing we love about bridal fashion, there's a style to suit everyone. This year's biggest wedding dress trends are a testament to that, from romantic floral ball gowns to sultry dresses with slits. And if you've found the outfit of your dreams, wedding dress undergarments might be the next thing to check off your list. You don't have to wear shapewear on your wedding day (or ever). But if you are searching for functional shapewear to complete your look, we've got you. Whether you fall in love with a figure-hugging gown or are obsessed with illusion necklines, there's wedding shapewear that works under any style of dress. Here's what to wear under your wedding dress for anyone who appreciates extra coverage or support.

What to Look For in Wedding Dress Shapewear

What to look for changes depending on the style of your gown. After hours of finding the perfect outfit, you'll want to see the proper undergarments underneath it. Read these helpful tips to make finding the appropriate wedding undergarments a breeze.

Structure: "First and foremost, you want a piece that won't roll up or down," says Betsie Larkin, founder of the shapewear brand Honeylove. "Needing to adjust your shapewear constantly throughout the night is an unnecessary distraction and, frankly, not worth any potential benefits," she continues.

Silhouette: Next, Larkin advises focusing on compatibility with your chosen wedding attire. Start with your outfit's overall shape. Slips and bodysuits are great options for anything from mermaids to slip dresses, as a continuous undergarment will help avoid visible lines or creases. "For a tighter fitting dress, a thong style might be necessary to achieve a seamless look," Larkin advises. Conversely, minimal shapewear works well with more loosely fitted attire (A-line dresses and ball gowns).

Style: Consider other stylistic elements that might dictate what kind of shapewear you choose, like if your dress is backless or has a high leg slit. Surprisingly, many special shapewear options can complement unique cutouts and necklines (and we've listed them below!).

Color: The color of your undergarment is another essential factor to consider. "While we all associate weddings with white if your dress is made of a thinner material, white is probably not the best choice," says Larkin. Instead, the shapewear expert recommends choosing a nude tone that blends with your skin. "If the material is thicker, feel free to go with the white option," she says.

Comfort: Last but not least, choosing wedding shapewear you feel comfortable in is vital. "Choose something breathable, lays flat, and doesn't poke or dig," advises Ratchel Pinlac, founder of Pinsy, a company specializing in stylish shapewear. "Nothing is worse than feeling uncomfortable and suffocated on your wedding day," she says.

It's a good idea to test your shapewear before the big day to ensure it checks all the boxes. Remember that you'll likely wear it all day—don't let an uncomfortable undergarment take away from your wedding experience. The good news is that there are many comfortable and high-quality options to choose from.

Best Wedding Shapewear

Fancy Plunge Low-Back Thong Bodysuit

Spanx offers a remarkable selection of bridal shapewear tailored for low-back and backless wedding dresses. Their ingeniously crafted bodysuit is designed for special occasions, and its quality shines through. With a plunging neckline, convertible straps, and a scoop back featuring a removable clasp, it is the perfect undergarment for gowns with both low fronts and backs. The seamless leg openings ensure no visible lines, even under a form-fitting dress.


Verdusa Women's Open Back Basics T-Shirt Sleeveless Strap Bodycon Cami Bodysuit Tops

This camisole top is crafted from a blend of 95% Rayon and 5% Spandex, ensuring a comfortable and stretchy fit. It features a pull-on closure for easy wearing and is recommended to be hand washed for proper care. The design highlights unadjustable spaghetti straps, a backless and sleeveless style, a scoop neck, and a solid color with a ribbed texture for added visual appeal. With its open back and low-back silhouette, this skinny cami tee shirt bodysuit exudes a captivating charm. It is versatile for various occasions, including going out, holidays, dates, nights out, parties, and casual daily wear. Before purchasing, it is advisable to consult the provided size guide in the description to ensure the perfect fit.


Defitshape Women's Backless Bodysuits U Plunge Seamless Thong Full Bodysuits

Made from 84% Nylon and 16% Spandex, this imported shapewear provides a comfortable and stretchy fit. It features a convenient pull-on closure and is machine washable for easy maintenance. The size options cater to different bust sizes, with the 32 sizes suitable for 32A/32B/32C/34A, the 34 sizes for 34C/34D/36A/36B, the 36 size for 36B/36C/38A, and the 38 size for 38C/38D/40B/40D.

Defitshape's "Daily Wear Series" is designed to help women achieve a beautiful body shape daily, boosting their confidence and showcasing their beauty. This shapewear can be worn under your favorite daily outfits, during study sessions, or even at cocktail receptions. Its purpose is to hide the belly and instantly shape the body. The stretchy fabric allows easy wearing, while the seamless design ensures invisibility underneath any clothing. The open crotch design facilitates convenient bathroom use, and the silicone band holds the garment in place. Additionally, the package includes a pair of extra-longer straps for better adjustment and fit.

This versatile shapewear is perfect for wearing under various types of clothes, from casual outfits to party attire, prom dresses, cocktail dresses, wedding gowns, and more.

Before wearing the undergarment for the first time, it is recommended to wash it. Keep in mind that everyone has different preferences for shaping effects. If you feel uncomfortable, you can either take it off and wear it later or consider exchanging it for a larger size that suits you better.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I wear shapewear under my wedding dress?

Absolutely! Shapewear can be a great addition to your wedding attire, providing extra support, smoothing out any imperfections, and enhancing your overall silhouette.

What type of shapewear should I choose for my wedding dress?

The type of shapewear you choose depends on the style of your wedding dress. Look for options that match your gown's silhouette, such as slips or bodysuits for mermaid or slip dresses, and minimal shapewear for A-line dresses or ball gowns.

How do I ensure the shapewear stays in place throughout the day?

Opt for shapewear that is designed with a structure that won't roll up or down. This will help prevent any unnecessary distractions or discomfort during your wedding day.

What color of shapewear should I wear under my wedding dress?

For thinner materials, it's best to choose a nude tone that blends with your skin. If your dress is made of thicker material, you can go with a white option. The goal is to minimize visibility and create a seamless look.

Will wearing shapewear make me feel uncomfortable on my wedding day?

Comfort is key on your special day. Choose shapewear that is breathable, lays flat, and doesn't poke or dig into your skin. Testing it out beforehand and opting for high-quality options can help ensure a comfortable experience.

How do I determine the right size of wedding dress shapewear?

Refer to the size guide provided by the manufacturer or retailer. It's crucial to carefully measure yourself and choose the size that corresponds to your measurements. If you're between sizes, it's generally recommended to size up for a more comfortable fit.