This tank's interior boning creates an hour-glass shape, while the smooth exterior guarantees a perfectly seamless silhouette. (Bonus: The subtle padding will give you great cleavage, too.) Le Mystere "Seduction" bustier, saks.com. Her Look "Commando" thong, herlook.com.
Since you probably don't wear convertible bras, garters, or corsets on a daily basis, it might help to wear your undergarments when you're out to dinner one evening or dressed up to attend a prenuptial party, to get used to the way they feel. That done, they should be safely tucked away until you begin to dress for your wedding day. Don't forget to take a moment to enjoy the ritual of dressing -- fastening corsets or bustiers, attaching garters to stockings -- and to savor the soft, delicate fabrics before they're all hidden from view. This set is a modern twist on a traditional look. Felina "Tricia" demi contour bra in ginger and skirted garter belt, designerintimates.com.
Although undergarments shouldn't be chosen until you've found your dress, they should be selected as early as possible. "The biggest mistake brides make is coming in at the last minute to buy underwear for their dress," says Barbara Ladd, manager of La Petite Coquette. Ladd advises bringing pictures of the gown (front and back views) as well as precise measurements of how low the back is cut or how wide an illusion panel is. Get support and shaping from the Sassybax Shapewear underwire "Torso Trim," sassybax.com.
The fabric of your gown determines whether you can wear richly embellished, lacy underpinnings or if you should choose smooth, unadorned garments. In general, dresses made of sheer, lightweight fabrics such as chiffon or charmeuse need simple lingerie that will reveal no lines underneath. Heavy materials like brocade or velvet can conceal lace, ribbons, or embroidered trim on seductively feminine undergarments. This bra is smooth and strapless for the slinkiest of dresses. OnGossamer mesh strapless pushup bra, ongossamer.com.
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