In Part 1 of this 2-part blog, I chose three dresses that are trending as the current styles for this year’s wedding season and showed you the best shapewear to be worn underneath. Since I covered fashion for engagement parties, bridal showers and rehearsal dinners last time, this week I’ll cover styles for the big day.
Below, I’ve selected popular in-season dress styles suitable for mother of the bride or groom, bridesmaid and wedding guest and explained what shapewear (all available on HerRoom) will help you pull off each tricky look!
If you haven’t had a chance to check out Part 1 of this blog series, catch up with the post here.
Mother of the bride or groom
As mother of the bride (or groom), it’s safe to assume that when all eyes aren’t on the real stars of the wedding, they’ll likely be on you. Soft colors are a mother of the bride’s best friend. They help you stand out without appearing so harsh. Eyes tend to focus on you and not just the dress when you go with soft and subtle colors, as well. A long evening gown with delicate and elegant detail is a great option for the woman of the most distinguished honor in the bridal party.
How can you pull this look off?
Your number one goal in a smooth, long gown will be to eliminate lines and bulges while also getting the shape and support you need. You’ll want a reliable strapless bra to keep you lifted and comfortable throughout the day’s events and smoothing shapewear for some extra support around your middle.
My recommendation: Wacoal The Red Carpet Strapless Full-Busted Underwire Bra and TC Fine Intimates Hi-Waist Rear Lift Thigh Slimmer.
The Wacoal Red Carpet strapless bra is currently the #1 strapless bra in the country, as well as on HerRoom. The full coverage, contour cups (cups lined with a thin layer of molded foam so they don’t lose their shape) give you a rounded, natural silhouette while also ensuring modesty. The dual gripper tape along the edges helps keep the bra in place and reduce back bulge.
It is important to note that although the gripper tape is made of silicone because it’s not known to be an allergen, some women with very sensitive skin might still experience redness after wearing it for several hours at a time. If you have sensitive skin, I recommend that you wear the bra around the house for a few hours before the day of the wedding to ensure it doesn’t irritate your skin.
Pair your strapless bra with a hi-waist thigh slimmer for extra control and a smoother silhouette around your waist, derriere, midriff and thighs – while also reducing midriff bulge. The longer leg will help reduce any lines around the thighs and panty lines.
Every bride wants her bridesmaids to look stunning as they walk down the aisle, stand at her side for the ceremony, and pose joyfully in wedding pictures. A simple royal blue taffeta off-the-shoulder floor-length gown is an unforgettably elegant look that will flatter all shapes and sizes in the bridal party.
How can you pull this look off?
You’ll want a supportive strapless bra top for an off-the-shoulder dress. With a slim-fitting waist, you should look for something with some support around your curves. The long skirt poses a challenge to keep a smooth look all the way down without creating visible shapewear or panty lines.
My recommendation: Va Bien Strapless Lowback Bodysuit with Legs and Donna Karan Signature Lace Thigh High.
This low-back bodysuit addresses all the challenges this dress style presents with one simple solution. By choosing a single contained piece, you’ll have fewer garments to deal with – which means a much lower risk of bulge appearing. Additionally, the more surface you cover with shapewear, the more comfortable you’ll feel and the smoother you’ll look. The Va Bien Strapless Lowback Bodysuit comes with attachable straps, but provides plenty of support to be worn strapless. Underwire and boning makes it a great option for all-over shaping, and the lace at the leg makes the edges thin enough not to create a line under the dress. It hook-and-eye crotch closure is also a perk because it makes bathroom breaks easier.
Black lace thigh highs add shaping and smoothing to your legs, stay put without needing adjustment, allow for air flow around the crotch area, and don’t need to be pulled down when you use the bathroom – which reduces the risk of getting runs in your tights. Plus, they give you a sexy look.
A polished and figure-forgiving cocktail dress featuring details such as a jewel neckline, cap sleeves, lace and a jacquard skirt will keep you comfortable and looking great through a lengthy event. A fitted bodice and full skirt creates a feminine silhouette that’s sure to flatter your shape and minimize figure issues and lines all while still allowing you to move around comfortably all night long, without requiring so much coverage.
How can you pull this look off?
You’ll want something to shape your breasts and keep them lifted and in place all day or night without the straps showing through any sheer material, such as lace. With a free-flowing knee length skirt, a little bit of coverage and some thigh highs can go a long way.
My recommendation: Wacoal The Red Carpet Strapless Full-Busted Underwire Bra, Va Bien Minus Touch Satin Panel Brief Panty, and Wolford Satin Touch 20 Stay-Ups.
The Wacoal Red Carpet Strapless is a great strapless and convertible bra that provides full coverage and support. The wide back has four hooks, which helps eliminate back bulge. Pair it with the Va Bien satin brief panty for a soft, lightweight, comfortable feel and firm control around your waist and tummy. The right thigh highs will give you a sexy look while allowing you to avoid adding an extra layer around your thighs and waist. They’ll stay in place all day or night while also staying out of the way when you need to use the bathroom. This will reduce the risk of snags or runs from pulling them up and down.
Whatever occasion you have on your calendar or style you have in your wardrobe this season, you can get the shape and fit you want with the help of lingerie and shapewear from HerRoom.
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