Elevate Your Elegance: The Essential Shapewear Guide for 2024 Brides

So You Found Your Dream Wedding Dress! Now What?

We scoured the internet and curated a list of the top shapewear picks tailored just for brides. Whether you’re seeking comfort, support, or a seamless silhouette, our carefully selected recommendations are designed to enhance your confidence on your special day

In This Article:

Use the table of contents to skip ahead to the type of shapewear you’re searching for, or simply scroll to learn about all things shapewear.

Before Diving in...

We want to emphasize that wearing shapewear with your wedding dress is entirely optional. While shapewear can offer extra support and help achieve a particular silhouette, it is crucial to remember that the decision is entirely yours. Your wedding day is about you and your comfort, both physically and emotionally. We encourage you to prioritize what makes you feel most confident and at ease. Whether you choose to embrace shapewear or not, the most important thing is that you feel radiant on your wedding day. This guide is here to assist you in making the choice that’s right for you, ensuring that you look and feel your absolute best.

Do I NEED Shapewear?

The short answer to this question is absolutely not. The primary function of shapewear is to enhance your silhouette by smoothing out areas of concern, and providing a seamless and controlled appearance. With that being said, we believe that every body is beautiful, no matter the size. Every bride deserves to feel absolutely stunning in her own unique way; whether that is with the help of shapewear, or without. We are absolutely delighted when our brides share their feedback, expressing how our designs made them feel so comfortable, confident, and, most importantly, beautiful, to the extent that the thought of wearing shapewear hadn’t even crossed their minds!

In contrast, we also understand that there are many women who find extra support in the form of shapewear to be key to feeling comfortable and confident. It’s important to remember that at the end of the day, there is nothing more beautiful than a confident bride, so if you’re thinking shapewear might just be the solution for you, read on. 

Before starting your shapewear journey, keep in mind that finding shapewear that looks AND feels good with your dress can pose a challenge. There is no such thing as “perfect” shapewear. What worked for your best friend and her dress, may not be the best match for you and yours! One tip we recommend to our brides is to bring multiple shapewear options to dress fittings. This way, you can try them all on with your dress and narrow down your options based on what looks and feels the best. 

Remember: You will be wearing your wedding gown all day and night, so it is crucial that your shapewear is comfortable for extended wear. If you are feeling discomfort after 5 minutes, imagine what you will be feeling after a few HOURS!

Shapewear for Low Backs

Skims Sheer Sculpt Low Back Shorts: This high-waisted shapewear short is perfect for low back wedding dresses due to its seamless finish and silky smooth compression. Featuring a deep low back and soft stay boning at the side seams to prevent rolling, these shorts provide support and smoothing for your thighs while naturally lifting your butt.

Va Bien Backless Thong Bodysuit: Ideal for strapless gowns, this extremely versatile shapewear smooths the tummy and lifts the bust. Featuring push-up technology for a body contouring silhouette, and single ply lining with spiral steel boning to create a comfortable yet shaping fit. This bodysuit would work flawlessly with styles such as Style #P5058.

Skims Seamless Low Back Thong Bodysuit: This low back thong solution creates an ultra-flattering silhouette with strong compression along the tummy, core, and waist. Adjustable convertible straps with hooks can be worn traditionally as shoulder straps or criss-cross straps. Featuring a deep scoop back, this bodysuit is perfect for gowns with fitted silhouettes and open backs, like Style #2350.

Style #2350

Full Coverage Shapewear

Style #4926

Spanx Suit Your Fancy Plunge Low Back Mid Thigh Bodysuit: A low-back, low-front shapewear solution with 5-way convertible straps: traditional, criss-cross, halter, narrow back, and racerback. Fully adjustable and convertible straps offer versatility, while sleek shaping fabric works invisibly “back stage” to ensure a comfortable and smooth fit. A flawless option for gowns with plunging necklines and open backs. 

Leonisa Full Coverage Seamless Smoothing Bodysuit: This full coverage shapewear was made for comfort and smoothing, with a seamless design to make it invisible under clothing. Coverage from the bust down to the knees, with mesh triangles at the thighs to provide extra flexibility for comfortable wear, and mesh cutouts in the bust & bottom to prevent flattening. Perfect for a fitted gown with sleeves and a closed back.

Skims Deep Plunge Mid Thigh Shapewear: This deep plunge bodysuit hits at the mid-thigh and has comfortable underwire for the perfect amount of support, with raw edges for a smooth, invisible look under clothing. Featuring matte fabric, U-wire details, molded lightly lined pads, and adjustable straps that can be worn strapless, halter, cross-cross, or traditional. Perfect for gowns with plunging necklines and low/open backs, while still providing full coverage support. Perfect for styles like Style #4926.

Spanx OnCore Open Bust Mid Thigh Bodysuit: Designed to give you that total transformation feeling, this sculpting shapewear is lightweight and ultra powerful. Featuring fully-bonded front-panels for targeted tummy control, and edge-bonded side panels for comfortable, yet squeeze-free slimming. Complete with an open-bust design, allowing you to wear your own bra! This shapewear is a great option for brides who struggle to find shapewear that fits their bust.

Skims Sculpting Low Back Mid Thigh Bodysuit: This bodysuit offers all the qualities you adore in the SKIMS Seamless Sculpt Bodysuit, with the added benefit of a mid-thigh length! Designed to sculpt the silhouette, cinch the waist, and smooth the thighs; all while providing support and lift for your curves. Featuring a deep scoop back, this bodysuit is perfect for backless styles.

Shapewear Shorts

Spanx Power Short: Lightweight, all-day shaping that’s center-seam free! The Power Short is designed to hit at the natural waist, and offers smoother results with less squeeze. Designed with all-day comfort in mind, this short solution is ideal for extended periods of wear. For a higher waisted option, we recommend the Thinstincts 2.0 High-Waisted Mid-Thigh Short.

Pro Tip: put on your high-waisted shapewear first, and then place your bra over the waistband for added security.

KNIX High Rise Shaper Short: KNIX is known for creating shapewear that will enhance your natural shape – not contort it! The Shaper Short is designed with comfortable compression zones to smooth the upper and lower tummy, while also lifting and defining the butt.  Made to sit above the natural waistline, with seamless bonded edges that prevent “digging in” at the waist and thighs.

Seamless Exposed Leg Sculpt Solution Short: The ultimate solution for wedding gowns with slits! This mid-waist and ultra-compressive short supports the tummy, waist, and thighs, while enhancing and lifting your butt. Complete with an under-band with interior silicone to prevent rolling. Perfect for styles such as Style #M2460.

Commando Control Short: Available in 4 shades, The Classic Control Short keeps you smooth, with light-to-moderate compression from waist to thigh. Made with a breathable, raw-cut European fabric for a completely seamless look under your gown. Also available in a High-Waisted Short.

Honeylove Super Power Short: Available in 5 shades, the HoneyLove Super Power Short features targeted compression that sculpts without squeezing, flexible boning that prevents it from rolling down, and breathable fabric to keep you cool. Designed for all day comfort, making it absolutely perfect for brides!

Style #M2460

Bodysuits with Convertible Straps

Both convertible options would work flawlessly with styles such as Style #5010

TC Fine Intimates Extra Firm Control Convertible Bodysuit: With targeted control, this bodysuit effortlessly slims your stomach and waistline. Interior boning provides back support, while the silicone lining along the leg bands and back ensure a secure fit that stays in place. Complete with clear and matching straps that can be worn traditionally, or effortlessly converted to criss-cross, halter, or strapless styles. The hook and eye back closure, featuring a keyhole design, adds flexibility and allows for easy adjustments. This bodysuit works flawlessly for fitted/mermaid silhouettes, strapless gowns, and gowns with different strap configurations, such as one shoulder designs.

Leonisa Extra High-Waisted Sculpting Thong Bodysuit: Made from a patented compression fabric to sculpt the torso from the waist down, and a layer of soft flex fabric for added comfort and breathability. Complete with a thong bottom for a seamless finish, and “no-roll-up” elastic leg bands with anti-slip grip lining to keep everything in place. The anti-slip grip lining is also used along the top of the shapewear to prevent the bodysuit from slipping and falling. Another unique feature on this shapewear is the back loops! Made for attaching your own bra straps for extra support and staying power.

Thinking Traditional Shapewear May Not Be For You?

Wedding day preparations often revolve around the perfect dress, and rightly so. However, the unsung heroes of bridal attire are often the undergarments! At Paloma Blanca and Mikaella Bridal, we understand the intricate details that go into every wedding gown; which is why we appreciate how crucial undergarments are in shaping your comfort and confidence on your special day. Whether you’re opting out of shapewear or simply looking to complement it, your choice of underwear is crucial for achieving a seamless and comfortable wedding day look. Here are our top picks to help you achieve just that:

Underwear Solutions

Skims Naked Dipped Thong: Seamless with raw-cut edges that lay flat on your stomach, this thong hits right at the natural waist, with super-smoothing for undetectable comfort under your wedding dress. Also available in a brief, designed with the same smoothing seams that won’t dig or bunch together. 

SPANX Undie-Tectable Thong: Designed to give you a completely smooth look under your clothes. The bonded waistband smooths your tummy, while the elastic-free edges offer no visible panty lines, making this underwear truly Undie-tectable! Also available in a brief and hipster.

Honeylove Silhouette Brief: Elevate your confidence with the Honeylove Silhouette Brief. This underwear offers seamless all-day comfort for a flawless silhouette. 3D printed velvet piping for added support and style, with high recovery stretch fabric that moves with your body. Designed with Supportive Velvet Bonding, this underwear is silky and invisible under clothing.

Yummie Liliana Comfortably Curved Smoothing Thong: This high waisted thong features light compression, with graduated control to smooth your waist and stomach. What we like about this design is that it acts as both shapewear and underwear! Designed for a sleek fit with comfortable side seam free construction. 

Bra Solutions

Although bras may not technically fall under the category of shapewear, they share a common thread with undergarments in the challenges they present to brides. Just as many brides grapple with finding the right shapewear, they also encounter similar difficulties when searching for a bra that complements their wedding dress. Many brides find that they can confidently wear our gowns without a bra, but we understand that others may prefer the support a traditional bra has to offer. Regardless of your bust size, here are our top 4 bra picks:

Wacoal Red Carpet Strapless Bra: The ultimate bra for busty brides! This strapless bra features a full-bust silhouette and underwire cups to give you the support you need. Complete with detachable and adjustable straps that can be converted to halter, criss-cross and one shoulder. 

Spanx Bra-llelujah Adjustable Full Coverage Bra: Designed with a back made completely of hosiery to smooth lumps and bumps, this bra was engineered to be one of the softest, most luxurious bras Spanx has to offer. Complete with adjustable straps designed to lay flat under clothes, this bra is perfect for brides seeking a comfortable and supportive alternative to strapless bras. Full coverage with guaranteed comfort for hours on end!

My Perfect Pear Lace Tape: If you’re wearing a low-open back wedding dress, this may be the solution for you! This luxury boob tape was designed to be customizable for any neckline, with long-lasting support for all shapes and sizes. Perfect for enhancing your shape, while giving ultimate lift and volume. This solution works great for both busty brides who prefer not to wear a traditional bra on their wedding day, and smaller-chested brides looking to enhance their bust and add cleavage. Also available in other colors.

NUBRA Seamless Self Adhesive Bra: These bras are skin-friendly, reusable, seamless, and feature a front closure for cleavage control! Perfect for brides looking to accentuate their cleavage on their wedding day. Also available with padding and in silicone.

BONUS: Wearing a Bra Has Never Looked So Good!

We’ve got one more dazzling recommendation that will take your wedding day look to the next level: Crystal Bra Straps! Attach these sparkling straps to your strapless bra for an enchanting transformation. An effortless blend of style and practicality, perfect for changing up your look between ceremony and reception. Plus, they’re a game-changer for busty brides seeking both support and style! Wear them with your strapless gown for a subtle yet striking touch.

Why settle for ordinary when you can make a sparkling statement? Whether it’s a pair of dazzling earrings, a chic veil, or crystal bra straps, let your accessories be an expression of what makes you feel beautiful.

At the end of the day, the only thing that truly matters when it comes to shapewear, is how it makes you feel. It’s important to remember that shapewear is not for everyone… and that is completely okay! Your whole experience as a bride should be unique to you. After all, you’re only a bride once.

Did you find this guide helpful?

If you found this guide to be helpful, be sure to share it with a friend, follow us on Instagram, and sign up for our newsletter to receive tips and inspiration to make your wedding journey even more memorable and stress-free!
Mikaella Fall 2022 Collection Launch

Mikaella Fall 2022 Collection Launch

Mikaella’s Fall Winter 2022 Collection Brings Sophistication to Minimalist Styles Simple does not mean boring, and the Mikaella Fall Winter 2022 Collection is here to prove it. An air of sophistication has

Read More »

Share this story, choose your platform!

Find my dress

Find my dress