We all know how a pair of ill-fitting hose can ruin a perfectly good outfit (not to mention drive you to distraction!), so why take the risk on this uber special day? Make a list of your essential bridal lingerie and check it twice. These are the wedding gown accessories you can't be without!
The Bare Necessities
Once you've chosen your dress, you will need to pick the proper foundation garmets. The type of bra you choose will depend on the cut of the dress. Here are some guidelines for your selection.
- For a dress with a low or wide neckline, look for a bra that has removable straps that you can use to create a crisscross or halter look. Depending on your bust size, you may also prefer a strapless pushup.
- For a backless gown, find a bra that hooks at your waist instead of at your back.
- For a strapless number, try on a tube bra in a sublte white or flesh color. Or you may want to use cups that adhere to your skin, although these do not provide the same level of support.
Comfort and Support
Be sure to take the bra home with you and wear it around to test the comfort level. Try it on with your gown to make sure everything stays in place and has the intended effect. It's a good idea to dance around in your bra, too, so you can judge how it will hold up on the dance floor. Comfort and support are key! Don't be swayed by fancier and flimsier bras just because they look nice.
Likewise, comfort matters when you choose your stockings. Remember, it's not going to be easy to pull up saggy knees under a full-length gown! Pick hose that allow you to breathe but that have decent support. If you want to wear a garter belt, make sure it can't be seen through the bodice of your dress.
Some brides like to wear knee-highs because they are comfortable and easy to peel off with their shoes when dancing. But if you plan to boogie down in stocking feet, consider tights that are a bit thicker than sheer hose, perhaps with reinforced feet.
It's a smart idea to buy at least two pairs of stockings in case you run one while dressing for your ceremony. You can give an extra pair to your maid of honor or pack one in your emergency bridal kit, just in case.
Above all, be sure to ask if the garments are refundable before you cut the tags and try them out for longer than a few minutes. A prepared bride is a happy bride who is ready to dance her night away in comfortable, stylish wedding gown lingerie.