How To Choose The Right Underwear For Your Wedding Dress Style

Choosing the right underwear to wear with your wedding dress is easy with our expert advice! Discover when it’s best to go braless, how to choose the right colour, and the importance of coordinating your underwear around your dress’s fit. Read on to find out which underwear you need and walk down the aisle with confidence!

Knickers, shorts, thongs & frillies

Choose the right shade

You’ll want to get underwear that’s as close to your skin tone as possible. If you’re wearing a white wedding dress, it’s best to stick to nudes and light colours to avoid lines or colour showing through. Seamless underwear or thongs work well!

Top tip: Our brides love high-waisted longline shorts which work perfectly with most of our dresses! Plus, they fit like a dream. Check the depth of your neckline/back of your dress to decide where your short waistline should sit. We can help with this

Low-back wedding dress

If your dress has a low-back, you’ll want something shorter in the waistline. Less is more, so choose skin-coloured underwear, such as:

Low rise hipster knickers



Just remember to go a size up so there’s no pinching!

Shorts with one leg

Whilst they look funny – these are perfect for a side split wedding dress. We love Skims Solution Short #1. Hold in your core, smooth your thighs and shape your bottom whilst feeling supported. Your underwear will remain completely hidden!

Perfect for

Side-split wedding dresses

Bras, bust tape & bodysuits

When to go braless

Worried about your bra showing through? If you’ve gone for a structured dress with boning corsetry, you can simply go braless! You’ve already got the support you need built-in. You may however feel more comfortable in a bra. If so, we’re more than happy to amend the back of your dress and insert bra retainers for the straps! If you would prefer to wear a bra with your wedding dress opt for a minimal seam t-shirt bra in a nude shade, make sure you get re-measured and ask for help by showing your underwear consultant the neckline and back of your dress. 

Learn about our wedding dress alterations service and don’t settle for anything less than a perfect fit.

Sew cups into your dress

Depending on your style, shape and bust size, we can sew cups into your design. Our brides find this helpful and a great confidence boost, as it removes the stress of bra shopping and is surprisingly comfortable!

Perfect for

Low-cut front dresses

Low-cut back

Backless lace 

Strapless dresses

Choose bust lift tape

Looking for another option? Opt for bust lift tape! We recommend Perky Pears lift tape which can be cut to shape. You’ll notice a perkier bust, greater comfort than traditional bras and freedom of movement (no more worrying about bra straps showing through).

Perfect for

Low-cut front

Spaghetti straps

Bias cut

Adhesive cups

We love Free Bra Natural Shaping bra! Give your bust lift no matter your cup size. It simply moulds to your body and remains invisible under your wedding dress. You can reuse it with your other outfits up to 30 times, so you’ll get the most out of your money – and help the environment whilst you’re at it!

Perfect for

Bias cut wedding dress

Modest shapewear with shorts

For a modest option, choose a low-back bodysuit with shorts built in. You’ll feel supported, prevent chafing and enjoy wearing a silhouette that won’t show through (but gives you more shape!).

Perfect for


Dresses with straps

Let’s recap

Choose skin-coloured underwear where possible

You can go braless with a structured wedding dress 

Bust lift tape, bridal shapewear & adhesive cups make great alternatives to traditional bras

We can sew cups into most wedding dresses with our alterations service. Learn how we helped hundreds of real brides feel amazing on their wedding day!


There are some sustainability issues surrounding shape-wear in terms of fabric, production and inclusivity. We are continuing to research and meet with new suppliers who are attempting to bridge the gap between beautiful shape wear and sustainability and will keep all of our brides informed as we find new an exciting brands to share with you.

We’d love to hear from you if you have any great suggestions!

A sustainable shape wear brands that we are exploring are Shabes

These are not yet tried and tested with our gowns but we will have more information soon!

Feeling confident?

Now you know the underwear colour, size and type you need – it’s time to plan the rest of the details. If you’re still deciding on your wedding dress, our bridal collections are a great place to start. You’re sure to find a dress that reflects your personality and fits like a dream. Let’s work together to bring your dream wedding dress to life!



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