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How to choose your bridal lingerie

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You’ve spent thousands on the dress, so you don’t want it to come undone with the wrong bridal lingerie. The right bridal lingerie not only changes the way your gown fits and how it sits on your body, it can also help you suck in and cover up any lumps and bumps that you want to hide. And if you’re heading down the shapewear route, have no fear thanks to fashion-forward releases from some of our favourite designers.

Top show

With bridal lingerie, the bra is the star of the show. It’s your bra that will help to shape your silhouette and, if necessary, provide a little boost to properly show off your gown. But comfort is crucial, and it’s important that the underwear you choose fits well and is invisible under the dress. Now is a good time to get your bra properly fitted by a professional and if you’re having a dress made or tailored in any way, bring your bridal lingerie along to any fittings, as this could affect the way the dress sits. Strapless and asymmetrical gowns call for a streamlined strapless bra with plenty of support. If you’re flaunting a halter neckline, seek out multi-way plunge bras, and for those working a backless gown, a self-sticking backless bra will offer no-show assistance.

Bye-bye Bridget!

If the thought of shapewear gives you visions of ugly girdles, tight corsets and Bridget Jones knickers, think again. Janine Anggara, product manager for popular shapewear brand Nancy Gantz, says modern shapewear or figure fixers are a fantastic option to help you look sculpted and toned on the big day.

“Modern shapewear sculpts and moulds your body, is comfortable enough to wear throughout the day and will increase your confidence, which is going to make you feel sexy as well,” Janine says. “Purchasing a quality piece is an investment in your wardrobe that can be worn again.”

Collette Dinnigan’s Couture Control collection features a range of stylish shapewear such as a plunge bra, control briefs and a below-bust brief that’s designed to nip in the waist and create a streamlined silhouette, without a hint of nude nylon in sight!

Slip into something comfortable

If you’re worried that chest-high underpants aren’t seductive enough for your wedding night, remember that you can always slip into sexy lingerie, or a cute night dress, when you take the gown off. Dreamy pieces from Simone Pérèle and Collette Dinnigan’s bridal lingerie collection are sure to make your new groom swoon.

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