What to Wear Under Your Gown

One of the most puzzling aspects of the wedding attire puzzle can be what undergarment to wear with your gorgeous gown. You want something comfortable but pretty, hidden but flattering. There are a dozens of options for bridal lingerie — the trick is finding a great bra that will complement your dress and your body type. Here, we've come up with a few wonderful, affordable options.

For a Backless Dress

bra for open back dress
Dress by Sophia Tolli

A strapless, backless adhesive bra is a must. We love the Intimates Nu Bra ($50). Because these bras are completely backless, they are not ideal for large-chested women, given their lack of support. But, when comparing all the backless, strapless bras out there, the Nu Bra is our favorite.

For a Slinky Sheath

bra for a slinky sheath
Dress by Mark Zunino

The Stella McCartney Smooth Supernatural Bra ($55) combines comfort with invisibility, making it the perfect bra to wear underneath a more lightweight, body-hugging sheath. Because of its plunging neckline, this bra does not provide complete coverage and is better suited for smaller chested women.

For a Plunging Neckline

bra for plunging neckline
Dress by Nicole Miller

The bra peeking out of the low-cut shirt is not a look you want to experiment with on your wedding day. Lucky for you, these low-cut bras are perfect for gowns with plunging or halter necklines, while still providing some lift and shape. For a plunging neck with a regular back, try The Uplunge Bra ($28). And if your plunging neckline dress is also backless, you'll need the Fashion Forms U-plunge Strapless Bra ($40):

bra for plunging neckline backless dress
Dress by Jenny Packham

For a Strapless Dress (Small Chest)

bra for strapless dress
Dress by Moonlight Collection

The Wacoal Strapless Pushup Bra ($52) underwire bra is comfortable, supportive, and offers plenty of padding to enhance your assets -— we absolutely love it. The cups are seamless but offer pretty lace detailing around the straps, making it an ideal choice for strapless gowns that don't have low necklines. 

For a Strapless Dress (Large Chest)

bra for strapless dress
Dress by David's Bridal

For larger-chested women, the Elomi Molded Underwire Convertible Bra ($69) provides great coverage and support. Wear it all night long without having to worry about it falling down or becoming uncomfortable.

You might also want to consider wearing a bodysuit, corset, or bustier underneath your wedding dress, especially if you want to accentuate your waist. We recommend these three:

Shapewear for a Strapless Dress

bra for strapless dress
Dress by David's Bridal

The Va Bien Ultra Lift Seamless Bustier ($79) minimizes see-through.

 Shapewear for a Plunging Neckline

bra for plunging neckline
Dress by Nicole Miller

The Va Bien Ultra Lift Low Plunge Bodysuit ($80).

Shapewear That's Also Pretty

wedding night lingerie
Dress by Winnie Couture

For something a little more ornate, try the Jezebel Bridal Lace Strapless Bustier ($55).

—Rosanna Casper