Undergarments. Never have they been more important than under your wedding gown. If you don't normally wear pantyhose, or even a bra, this is the day you must. For one simple reason: Your dress won't hang right without them. Bumps And Bulges.
So you haven't been to the gym in a while. Concerned about a bit of a bump or bulge? Try an old-fashioned lace-up corset. They are more comfortable than they look, and can make a size 12 look like a size 6. The Right Bra.
Kathy Guenther, director of At-Your-Service at Bloomingdale's, King of Prussia, outside Philadelphia, has some good tips: "No matter what her shape, every bride needs a good bra." If you are busty, Bloomingdale's offers an array of minimizers and diminishers. Some reduce as much as an inch and a half. If you are flat-chested, padded and push-up bras give you what nature forgot. Pads that fit inside your bra add extra fullness. If your gown is strapless, you will still need support. You can't go wrong with a strapless bra. Strapless bras also work beautifully if your gown has spaghetti straps, or is very low-cut. Cinchers And Slimmers.
"Every full-figured bride needs a one-piece cincher, which looks like a bathing suit made of Lycra," explained Guenther. Available in several amounts of control, people will think you've lost ten pounds. Or consider a waist eliminator. A favorite is Olga's Wonder Wear Tummy Slimmer, which makes everything smoother. "Young ladies must accept the idea that 'girdle' is not a dirty word," says Guenther. "Even if you do not wear one everyday, sometimes we need a little help holding it all in." Surely, no one wants to notice a potbelly in her wedding pictures. Control Top Pantyhose.
If you don't want to wear a body slimmer, consider a good pair of control top pantyhose instead -- they can work miracles. Donna Karan now offers built-in waist cinchers and thigh toners. Pantyhose in general give you a sleeker line. Unless your legs are perfect -- and we mean perfect -- do not consider wearing your wedding gown without them.
Now that you've got the right underpinnings, you can walk down the aisle with confidence. Who knew lingerie had such power?
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