Your wedding day should be one of the happiest days of your life. But for women, it can also be a source of anxiety and worry. After all – all eyes are on you for the day, and for many, that pressure to be ‘perfect’ can be a bit overwhelming. But fear not! There exists a secret weapon that can help you feel stunning and sexy on your wedding day, and no one else will ever know about it!
We’re talking, of course, about wedding shapewear. Wedding shapewear (which is often different from standard shapewear) will smooth, cup and contour your body in all the right places, so you look great from any angle. But to see the best results, it’s important for you to choose a shapewear style that suits your body type, your size and your dress style. So today, we wanted to give you some tips on how to choose the best wedding shapewear for your big day.
Wedding Shapewear By Body Type
Hourglass: Hourglass body shapes tend to have hips and shoulders that are roughly the same width, with a cinched in waistline. It’s the desirable shape of our current era, and something a lot of women try to achieve using shapewear. But on your wedding day, you want to accentuate what you have while still being comfortable, so hourglass ladies should look to control briefs, control slips or panty girdles to achieve perfect body contouring. In particular, we recommend our high waisted control slip to smooth your hips and give you an even silhouette.
Apple: Apple body shapes tend to have a full, sizeable bust and a slightly larger midsection, framed by narrow shoulders and small hips. Extra weight is carried in the stomach area, so this is usually the area you want to focus on. You can opt again for high waisted control briefs, but some women can experience uncomfortable rolling as the day goes on – which is not what you want when you’re posing for photos! So instead, we recommend trying a pair of high waisted shaping leggings, or a shaping bodysuit to give you the support and shaping you need.
Pear: Pear body shapes tend to have a smaller bust and slim shoulders, with a very well-defined waist area. They also have fuller hips and bums, which is why they are compared with the bottom-heavy fruit. If this is you, then you might want to try and even out your figure for the big day. We recommend a medium control shaping girdle or any form of control short you find comfortable. These will smooth out your lower body and offer some light compression at the same time.
Rectangle: For the rectangles out there, you will find you have a smaller bust and torso and slim hips, with legs that go on forever. This was a very popular body shape in the roaring twenties, and if you’re opting for a themed wedding then you could have some real fun with it! Shapewear that works well for rectangle body shapes includes butt-lifting or padded shaping shorts, and tummy control shaping briefs, both of which work to give you a few more curves.
Wedding Shapewear By Dress Style
The type of shapewear you choose for your big day will also depend on the style of your dress. You might have chosen a dress based on your body shape, your personal preferences or just because you fell in love with it at first sight. Whatever the reason for choosing your dream wedding dress, we want to make sure you look your best in the dress, as well as out of it!
Strapless: Strapless dresses are all the rage at the moment! For larger women, the main concern is in the bra area, and whether your underwear can support itself on a day when you will be moving, eating and sweating a lot. You want to invest in a really good, sturdy strapless bra that fits perfectly and stays put all day. If you’re not convinced, you can have your chosen bra sewn into the dress itself, so you know it will stay in place and give you the look you’re after.
Sheer: If you’ve gone for a clingy, sheer dress, your silhouette is incredibly important, which makes shapewear an absolute must. No body on earth is completely smooth around the edges, which means sheer dresses can leave all sorts of bumps and lumps you don’t want. A full body slip, shaping skirt or high waisted control briefs are the way to go here – they give you the smooth lines you need without sacrificing shape. Make sure you choose your shapewear carefully if you’re wearing a sheer dress – it can make or break your wedding day look.
Mermaid: Who doesn’t love a mermaid dress? They cling to your torso and waist while giving you a nice flair at the knees, so you can still enjoy that full skirt. For this shape of dress the focus is often on the waist and thighs, since this is where the dress is tightest. A high waisted, long length girdle is ideal here, as it gives you smoothing and shape in exactly those areas, while leaving the rest of your body free.
Sweetheart: Sweetheart neckline dresses tend to plunge a bit in the middle, so you want something that shows off a bit of cleavage! A slimming corset can offer the perfect amount of coverage and control, with the dipping cup shape you need to get the full effect of the neckline at the same time.
At Elle Courbee, we believe every woman should feel great on her wedding day. But sometimes you don’t know which shapewear solution is going to work with your dress until you physically try them on together. That’s why we offer a no-fuss 30-day return policy on many of our products, so you can try on some options and make sure you’ve found the right solution for you. To find out more, just get in touch with our team today.