Shopping for a wedding dress is exciting (congrats if it’s on your to-do list!). It’s tempting to book the first appointment possible and run straight in, but first, let’s talk: This is one of those situations where some thoughtful prep is a good idea—particularly when it comes to what you wear to try on the dress of your dreams.
Underpinnings can make a huge difference in how a garment fits and looks—whether it’s a top you just bought on sale or your dream wedding dress. Before you head into your bridal appointment or try on something you bought online, make sure to plan out your undergarments. Below, we break down the basics on what to wear to try on wedding dresses, and why it matters.
Even if you think you want a gown with straps, you’ll likely still end up trying a few samples that don’t have that coverage—and you’ll want to see what they look like without unsightly bra straps. So either come to your appointment wearing a strapless bra or bring one with you.
If you’re like me and don’t want to wear a bra on your wedding day, don’t—I knew whatever alterations I had done to my dress would include fixes to make sure it’d work without one. I tried everything on freestyle, since I wanted to see what my upper half would look like without added padding.
This isn’t the time to be distracted by panty lines or the peek of hot pink lace. Wear the plainest, simplest pair of undies you’ve got in your drawer.
Ideally, you’ll want panties made from lightweight, breathable material, so the fabric doesn’t show, if you’re trying on minimal or sheer samples.
If you want to wear shapewear, take advice from the pros at Spanx, who I bet outfit at least half the world’s brides. The brand recommends its High Power Capri for coverage from below the chest to the midcalf and said it’s one of their most versatile for when you’re not quite sure what you’ll be trying on.
It sits under the bra, too, so you can wear whatever piece you prefer. And at $28, it’s not too painful on the pocketbook.
In terms of non-undies, don’t forget a ponytail holder—vital for seeing what the neckline and back of your dress looks like. (And, honestly, you might work up a little sweat trying on all those beautiful dresses.) You’ll also want to bring a pair of shoes that are a similar height to what you plan on or are thinking about wearing on the big day. (A lot of stores and boutiques have shoes for the exact purpose of trying on dresses, but I’d rather bring a favorite pair than slip into something that doesn’t fit or isn’t quite your style.) Also, bonus points if you think ahead and bring a mini bottle of champagne. I mean, what could be better than toasting the perfect dress?