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I was out at brunch this weekend with a soon-to-be-married friend. She’s plus size and while she felt like she had lots of dress choices, she complained that she’d struggled to find something great to go under it. “You should write about that,” she told me firmly.
Lots of plus size brides are on a similar lingerie quest, so today I’m covering my favorite plus size lingerie pieces to complete your wedding day ensemble. These pieces range from flirty and sexy to serious shapewear that will take a few inches off. I’ve arranged them by approximate shaping level, so if you’re looking for something with serious hold then you’re better off trying the last few pieces on the list.
Hips and Curves offers some of the cutest bridal pieces around. These high waisted panties have a touch of retro with a fun modern (and flirty!) touch at the back. If you’re looking for something fun and thematic to wear under your dress and aren’t worried about serious shaping, you can’t do much better than these.
If you’re over beige shapewear and want something sexy and light to wear under your dress, this mini shaper skirt is the way to go. The garters are detachable to work with your wedding day outfit and the skirt will smooth everything out without feeling constricting.
Gossard’s Retrolution line has been around for awhile now, but this bridal slip that combines retro and futuristic touches is worth highlighting. Many women have trouble finding a low-cut bra to go under their dress, but this slip has a great plunge bra built in that should work with almost anything.
Elomi has smartly redone their bridal line, since the old one wasn’t really breaking new ground. The new Maria line is gorgeous, comfortable and provides great lift to plus size women with larger cup sizes. While I haven’t tried this basque, I have nothing but love for the strapless bra and thong in this line. This set blends function with style for a part of the market that doesn’t see enough attention.
Sometimes you just need something basic for the big day, which is where this bustier by Va Bien comes in. It’s simple, pretty and will create a great shape. Va Bien shapewear is especially breathable, which makes it great for brides in warmer climates or those who are planning to dance the night away without changing outfits.
Rago dominates the heavy hold shapewear market for a reason — their pieces will not only reshape your body, but take inches off you in the process. If you’re looking for some serious hold under a clingy dress, this all in one girdle will get the results that you want.
Which pieces are your favorite? What did you wear under your wedding dress?