You’ve chosen the venue, you’ve chosen the dress, you’ve even (I hope) chosen the groom. But one thing still remains… the lingerie!
Your bridal lingerie is not something to leave to the last minute. For one thing you want to look your best on your first night as husband and wife, and for another the lingerie you choose can potentially change how your dress fits you so it’s imperative you wear it to your first dress fitting!
If you’re stuck for inspiration, here are 4 bridal lingerie ensemble ideas…
1. Bra and knickers
The classic bra and knickers set is just that – a classic! This lingerie combination is timeless and looks great on everyone. Think it sounds boring? Not when you opt for decadent lace or opulent silk fabrics, and look for those small but beautiful finishing details like intricate beading, decorative picot trim or perhaps even a contrasting lining that peeks through the lace – baby blue under white is a bridal must-have!
Works with: a bra and knickers works with any dress style. Of course, if your dress is strapless you’ll need to opt for a strapless bra and if you’ve got a large bust you might find these don’t stay up so well or provide a lot of support, so a corset might be a better idea…
2. Corset and tie side knickers
A corset screams luxury! It’s the perfect indulgent treat for yourself on your wedding day and a great chance to splash out on an expensive lingerie item you might not otherwise buy, that can be worn time and again after the big day.
A corset will give you a sexy hourglass figure with a nipped in waist, so continue those fantastic curves by teaming with tie-side knickers that add extra volume to the hips – this makes your waist look even smaller in comparison!
Works with: dresses with a structured fit at the bust and waist (to show off those gorgeous corseted curves!) but which don’t have too much boning themselves – wearing one corset on top of another is really not going to be comfortable. This lingerie also requires a dress that flares out at the waist or hips, as if it’s pretty figure-hugging you’re going to get bumps where the side-ties on the knickers show through.
3. Basque, brief and stockings
A basque is the ‘sister’ of the corset – it’s equally luxurious and expensive looking, but has a little less boning so it’s more comfortable to wear, although that also means it won’t give you that dramatic nipped-in waist that a corset will.
Look for a basque with suspender straps and wear with matching briefs (knickers or a thong depending on your personal preference) and bridal stockings. These could be ivory or white, or nude if you don’t like the look of white legs. Stockings with a special detail such as a deep lace trim to the top, or embroidery up the side, add that special wedding touch – just be sure to buy a spare pair and keep them in your bag as stockings have a tendency to ladder!
Works with: anything! As with a bra, you’ll need a strapless basque with a strapless dress – or one with beautiful straps you’re happy to have on show! I wouldn’t recommend wearing a basque under a highly corseted dress though as that won’t be very comfortable – a bra and suspender belt is a better option in that case.
4. Knickers and garter
Luxury lingerie doesn’t always have to mean lots of lingerie – a simple knickers and garter combination can be super sexy and beautiful! Since you’re only buying two items, you’ll have more money to spend on each so you can buy a truly glamorous pair of knickers in a high quality fabric.
A bridal garter is very traditional and is something women don’t commonly wear nowadays, so putting one on for your wedding day makes this lingerie set seem extra special and unique. There are all sorts of beautiful styles to choose from – check out estylingerie.com for some of my favourite handmade ones!
Works with: wedding dresses that have a very structured top section, such as a corset or just a dress with plenty of boning or stiff fabric, since it leaves your tummy free to be squeezed and nipped in by the dress! It’s also the perfect lingerie to wear with a dress that has built-in support, since there’s no bra.
Are you engaged and planning your wedding lingerie? I’d love to hear what you’ve chosen to match your dress style and why!
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Michelle Star writes for Esty Lingerie about all things lingerie-related! She’s a particular fan of baques and thinks there no more luxurious fabric than high-quality lace.