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The Wedding

  • Say Yes to the Perfect Wedding Dress for Your Body Type

    If you're a bride-to-be, undoubtedly you're searching for THE DRESS. The perfect dress.

    Don't stress! You can make your search a lot easier by knowing which styles are most flattering to your unique body type. We've got all the tips you need, plus which types of shapewear are a must-have for each style of dress.

    Bustier or cincher

    Body Type: Curvy on Bottom

    Flattering dress type: A-line

    Shapewear pairing: Bustier or cincher

    You know you're curvy on bottom when you have a defined waistline and your hips are wider than your bust. In a wedding dress you really want to emphasize that waistline and choose a dress that flares over your hips. A bridal bustier or a waist cincher will pull in your waist dramatically and support your bust, giving you elegant balance in your figure.

    Body Type: Shapely on Top

    Flattering dress type: Modest scoop or V-neckline

    Shapewear pairing: Bustier or longline bra

    The mistake that a lot of busty women can make when shopping for a wedding dress is trying to conceal everything—which has the unintended effect of making your chest look bigger. Choose a scoop neck or modest V-neckline that shows a little bit of cleavage (but not too much) and opens up your face. When it comes to shapewear, bust support is key so choose a longline bra or bustier that provides a firm lift while cinching your waist.

    bodysuits

    Body Type: Hourglass

    Flattering dress type: Mermaid

    Shapewear pairing: Bodysuit

    We'll bet you have fun trying on wedding dresses because you have a figure that you'll want to show off. A mermaid cut captures all of those gorgeous curves. Keep them in check with a body suit that pulls in the waist, lifts the bust and the butt, and keeps those hips and thighs smooth.

    Body Type: Round

    Flattering dress type: V-neck, textured A-line

    Shapewear pairing: Cincher or corset

    If you're a round body type, your midsection measures wider than your bust and hips so your main objective is to create a waist. When you shop for wedding dresses, select a style that cinches at the narrowest point of your waist and then flares into a gradual A shape. A V-neck will also draw eyes vertically instead of horizontally. Pick a fabric with texture like ruche or lace detailing, which will help camouflage your middle. Shapewear is also essential in creating that waistline—and a maximum control cincher or corset will work wonders in transforming your whole look.

    Body Type: Straight

    Flattering dress type: Sheath, low cut, backless

    Shapewear pairing: Plunge bra, specialty backless thong, or open-bottom shaper

    If you have a long and straight shape, you want to go for elegance. Choose a dress that drapes over your figure but is cut to emphasize curves—side seams, plunging neckline or backless and create this effect. Specialty shapewear designed for formal occasions like a plunging bra or backless shaper will smooth out your figure without exposing your undergarments.

    Follow these guidelines and you're sure to pick a dress that is a perfect match for your figure. Congrats and enjoy this special time!

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  • Prepping for Wedding Day Waist Training Regime

    Bridal Shapewear & Waist Cinchers

    The five-month waist training plan for brides and bridesmaids

    The weather's warming up and wedding season is right around the corner. If you're a bride-to-be, you're probably keeping busy with planning…and getting your figure ready for the big day!

    Aside from bridal shapewear that you wear under your gown, a waist training plan is a sure-fire way to make sure you're looking your best as you walk down the aisle (whether bride or bridesmaid!). For the best results, we recommend starting at least five months out. However, if it's a little late in the game, you can still start a waist training regime and see results in just a few weeks.

    Here's our five month plan: the bridal waist cincher slim-down.

    Month 1

    First and foremost, take a "before" picture! You might be surprised just how much your body changes in the coming weeks.

    For some extra fun, get the whole bridal party in on the challenge! You can hold each other accountable along the way and celebrate your results together.

    You'll want to ease your way into waist training during this month. We recommend starting at just four hours a day and gradually adding an hour each day until you're waist training 10-12 hours a day. If you start to feel uncomfortable, break it up into smaller increments throughout the day.

    Don't forget that an essential part of effective waist training is a healthy diet and exercise! We know you're busy, but trust us—if you can keep up the habit now, you'll thank yourself later. Be sure to have a workout band to make your workouts more effective.

    Month 2

    By now you should feel more comfortable wearing your waist trainer for long hours. You can expect to pull the cincher tighter this month, which is exciting because it means that it's working.

    You may be excited to start seeing noticeable results, but don't let that be an excuse to let up on your healthy lifestyle. Continue to stay hydrated around the clock—your body, skin and hair will benefit. How's the bridal party doing? Be sure to check in with one another.

    Month 3

    Waist training should feel almost second nature now! You'll notice that you're standing taller and feeling more confident because your posture is being corrected when you wear your waist trainer. This is great news for your wedding pictures! Keep up this habit and you'll naturally want to stand tall all the time.

    Month 4

    It's time to start serious countdown in the final weeks to the wedding! At this point, if you've been sticking to your healthy eating and exercise goals, you may have noticed that you need to size down your waist trainer. Now is the perfect time to treat yourself to a new garment, which will likely be the one you wear on your Big Day. Make an event of out this milestone – celebrate a little bit with the girls!

    Month 5

    This month will be a whirlwind, so keep up the discipline with your waist training. Don't forget to keep up with your healthy diet and exercise in preparation for the big day! Be sure to have any final alterations on your dress (and the bridesmaid dresses!) completed so you can really rock it in your slim figure.

    And while you'll have plenty of wedding photos, don't forget to take an "after" waist training picture so you can see just how far you've come!

    We hope you find this timeline helpful as you prepare for your wedding! Make it a day you'll cherish forever…and hopefully you'll be in the habit of looking and feeling great no matter what the occasion.

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  • How To Find the Perfect Wedding Dress & Shapewear for Your Body Type

    Enhance your body type with your wedding dress and shapewear

    Bridal Gown & Shapewear Pairings

    If you're on the hunt for the dress, you have a lot of factors to consider. Before you even step foot into a bridal boutique, start by finding out the most flattering types of dresses for your body type. Then, go a step further and consider what kind of shapewear will work with your body and your dream dress.

    You'll save yourself a lot of time and hassle this way…so you can finally relax about the dress and move on to planning the rest of the wedding.

    Here are some suggestions that pair your body type with the ideal gown plus the ideal shapewear

    1. Rectangle Shape

    If you are tall and lean, with minimal curves, your ideal dress should help create curves. A gown with contouring seams can create an illusion of curves so that your silhouette looks more like an hourglass. You'll also benefit from a curve-boosting shaper like the Corselette by Amia, which pulls in your midsection while lifting your bust and your rear.

    1. Hourglass Shape

    With your coveted shape, you will want to emphasize that narrow midsection. Belts and other waistline details, as well as fit-and-flare looks can highlight your enviable curves. Your shaper should provide a smooth foundation for your midsection, rear and hips. The Vedette Gitta Strapless Bodysuit with Front Closure works beautifully with a number of hourglass styles.

    1. Inverted Triangle Shape

    If you have broad shoulders, the key to looking gorgeous walking down the aisle is finding balance in your shape. A voluminous skirt on your dress can do just that. If you're not interested in the ball gown look, you may want to try a flirty short dress instead. When it comes to shapewear, again focus on finding balance. Choose a garment that minimizes your waist and enhances your rear such as the Ann Chery Alexa High Compression Bodysuit.

    1. Apple Shape

    Your challenge as an apple shape is finding balance and creating more of a waistline. A-line cuts are always flattering, just be sure that the bottom half of your gown is balanced with the top. For shapewear, a waist-minimizing garment like the Satin & Lace Torsolette By Dominique will slim your middle dramatically.

    1. Pear Shape

    Curvy hips can look phenomenal in the right dress. Choose a cut that emphasizes your natural waist and draws attention to your top half for balance. You'll want shapewear that keeps your curvy hips and thighs smooth and under control, particularly if you choose a figure-hugging gown. We recommend the Mid-Thigh Bodysuit by Amia.

    Remember that there's an ideal look for you. For more ideas, check out our bridal collection.

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  • 4 Easy Fixes for Formal Dresses

    Figure fixes for formal attire

    Enhance Your Figure for Weddings, Proms & Special Occasions

    Formal season is about to be in full swing, and it's a time to make memories and look your finest. Finding that perfect dress for your special event doesn't have to be stressful. We all have our little "problem areas," but there is a shaping solution for each one. If you know where you need a little help, you'll want to have what you need as a staple in your formal wardrobe. For the best results we recommend taking your favorite shapewear along with you for your fittings.

    Here are four easy fixes for common issues in formalwear:

    Need #1: Fuller Bust

    Solution: Invisible Breast Enhancers

    It can be frustrating to try on a dress that is loose around the bustline, even if it's the right size. Ideally you can simply wear your favorite push-up bra, but with some dress styles that's all but impossible. Enter one of our favorite products for formal attire: breast enhancers like Magicups by Braza and NuBra Invisble Breast Enhancer. These adhere to your breasts and give them a natural boost without revealing any straps or seams. These are especially useful for plunging necklines and backless styles.

    Need #2: Slimmer Midsection

    Solution: Waist-Slimming Corset

    When you want to look stunning in a gown, you don't want to draw attention to any bulk in your midsection. Nothing works like a classic corset, which pulls tight to make your waist slimmer, while smoothing out bumps. You may even find that while wearing a corset you drop a size or two in the dress! For bridal gowns and other special occasion attire we recommend the All Laced Up Underbust Corset by Timeless Trends, which can be paired with the bra style of your choice. This is a great option for a form-fitting dress style like mermaid; it can also help if you're trying to fit into a smaller size.

    Need #3: Fuller Butt

    Solution: Padded Panties

    Many form-fitting dresses give you the opportunity to show off your backside. Think you don't have the curves to pull it off? You do now with some padded panties that will round and lift your rear. The Roundabout Booty Booster String Bikini Panties by Fullness will provide the curves to fill out your dress.

    Need #4: Slimmer Thighs

    Solution: Thigh-Slimming Bodysuit

    Dreaming of smooth and sexy legs as part of your silhouette under your gown? Even if your thighs are a problem area, you can tame them with the right thigh-smoothing bodysuit. We recommend the Mid-Thigh Bodysuit by Amia, which creates a slimmer, smoother silhouette from above your waistline to mid-thigh. It ends in lace that lies flat, so you can feel feminine and not worry about revealing any lines.

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  • Here Comes the…Shapewear

    Shapewear for wedding dresses.

    On your big day, the last thing you should be thinking about is what’s under your dress. You need reliable shapewear that supports, slims and smoothes so you can focus on what’s important. Here are 4 must-haves to keep you looking and feeling your very best.

    1. Goal: Conceal

    If your dress is on the slinky side, you need a lightweight layer that prevents show-through without adding bulk. This shaping slip by Va Bien smoothes your silhouette in barely-there style. Plus, it won’t bunch, shift or ride-up (especially key for the reception!) This must-have even lifts and enhances your bust.

    Smooth Solutions Slip by Va Bien

    1. Goal: Shape

    Shape and smooth from your torso to your mid-thigh with this sleek bodysuit. The underbust construction means you can pair it with your favorite bra. Adjustable and removable wide-width straps create a flawless fit and the feminine lace lays flat against your skin. Plus, it has a convenient bathroom opening—a critical detail, especially with full-skirt wedding dresses.

    Mid-Thigh Bodysuit by Amia

    1. Goal: Style + Support

    This stunning style serves dual purposes: it creates a beautiful hourglass shape under your dress and doubles as jaw-dropping bridal lingerie for later than night. This longline convertible bustier is guaranteed to make you feel 100% sexy and look 100% unforgettable.

    Graceful Bride Longline Convertible Bustier by Va Bien

    1. Goal: Style + Conceal

    Hand-cut in Italy, this soft, low-rise microfiber thong provides minimal coverage for no panty lines. If you’re wearing a silky gown that clings to your figure, you'll want every inch of you to be flawless.

    Talco Low Rider Thong by Cosabella

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  • Say "I Do" to a Flawless You

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    For your big day, all attention is on you as you walk down the aisle. The last thing you want to worry about is whether you chose the right undergarments! For every style of dress, there's an ideal shaper designed to lift and sculpt your figure in all the right places.

    Wondering where to start when selecting the perfect bridal undergarments? Choose your dress first, and then pick a shaper designed to work with that style. Here are five of our favorite combinations.

    1. A-Line Gown + Seamless Panty Shapers

    The most important feature you'll want in whatever type of panty you choose is something that is not going to slip, bunch or ride up. And depending on your dress, you obviously want to avoid any hint of a panty-line. Choose a panty that smoothens your hips. Many bridal panties and shapers are ideal for smoothing and slimming your waistline too. You can also choose a corselette or bodysuit that gets the job done.

    2. Sheath Dress + Shaping Slip

    If you have a silky gown that clings to your figure, you'll want every inch of you to be flawlessly smooth. The right shaping slip will give your curves a boost and keep everything sleek and smooth so that your dress hangs beautifully. Alternatively you could try a shaping bodysuit for a similar effect.

    3. Plunging Neckline + Plunge Bra

    It doesn't matter how low that neckline goes; there's a bra that will work. Try a wide-set demi cup bra. For super-low cuts, try a U-plunge underwire. You can also pair your favorite bra with a bustless midsection shaper, for a look that lifts and shapes your bust while shrinking and smoothening your waistline.

    4. Backless Dress + Backless Bodysuit

    Complement that gorgeous look that shows off your back with a bodysuit that lifts your bust, holds in your tummy and firms up your butt. The best part is that no one will ever suspect it's there! Your best bet is a backless bodysuit with convertible straps that will work with a variety of dress styles.

    5. Strapless  Gown + Bridal Bustier

    You can't go wrong with a classic strapless look, especially when you have a gorgeous bustier supporting you underneath! There's never a better time to use a bustier for an instant lift in your bust and a perfectly shaped waist, so that gown really flows.

    No matter what your style is on the big day, you can feel confident that your figure is stunning on flawless. Browse our bridal collection for wedding day options

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  • What To Wear Under Your Wedding Dress

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    On your wedding day, all the attention is on you, the gorgeous bride! You want to look your very best, from your hair and makeup to your accessories and shoes. And of course THE DRESS. In order to look the best in your dress, you need to have the perfect foundation underneath.

    We have an extensive selection of bridal lingerie uniquely designed for the special day. Trying to determine what lingerie you need can be a confusing task, so here are some tips to help you find the perfect garments based on your dress.

    Fitted Around the Midsection

    A lot of wedding gowns are designed to cling to your midsection, which is why many brides find themselves exercising like crazy! You'll have nothing to fear if you have a midsection shaper like a corset, girdle or bustier, all of which will keep your tummy flat and your torso smooth. If you struggle with your lower abdomen, choose a girdle or high-waisted panty with extra support for that area.

    Plunging Neckline

    Got a low-cut gown that shows off a bit of cleavage? It's important to find a garment that invisibly gives your bust the support it needs. Choose a bra or bodysuit with a u-shaped plunge design in the front.

    Strapless Neckline

    Don't skip out on a great bra for the big day! Choose a strapless bra or bustier that fits, possibly with some padding for an extra boost if you're small-chested. You can also use a longline bra, which extends like a corset down towards the abdomen to stay in place and provide additional support.

    Tight Around the Hips

    If you have a mermaid cut or another style that highlights your hips and rear, choose a shaper that provides shaping and lifting for your hips, butt and thighs. Try a bodysuit, shaping panties, or rear-enhancing pant.

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  • An Elegant and Graceful Figure for Your Wedding Gown

    Shapewear Advice to Achieve the Perfect Look on Your Wedding Day

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    For your upcoming wedding, one of the most essential pieces of the whole day is the dress. Once you've found the perfect wedding gown, you'll want to make sure that your figure is shaped into an ideal foundation. Your dress should fit like a glove, emphasize your best features, and flow the way it was designed to, from top to bottom.

    We have a wide array of shapewear options that can work under wedding gowns. Here are five valuable tips for choosing and using the ideal shapers for your body and your dress.

    1. Look for "seamless."

    Any bridal shaper needs to be completely invisible beneath your dress, and for this reason some of the best bridal undergarments come in a seamless design. This means that it has no visible seams or ridges that can appear underneath the fabric of the dress, so you won't have to worry about visible bra lines or panty lines.

    Most seamless garments are constructed with hi-tech microfiber fabric that is effective at shaping and smoothing. Microfiber is also very lightweight and comfortable, which is essential on the big day.

    2. You can't go wrong with classic bustiers and corsets.

    Bustiers and corsets are classic shaping undergarments that have made women look stunning in gowns for generations. And there's a reason they're popular: they work! These traditional strapless long-line bras give your breasts support and shape while slimming your midsection and straightening your posture, using boning and stretchy fabric. If you can't decide where to begin when shopping for undergarments, start with these, as they work with most styles.

    3. Try shaping briefs.

    If you don't think you need or want a corset or bustier, a high-rise shaping brief is another effective midsection-shaping option. Not only will it control and shape your waistline, it will keep your hips and rear in place too. A shaping brief may be an ideal choice for any dress that is more fitted around the hips. And it's one of the most comfortable shaping options for your big day!

    4. Practice wearing your undergarments.

    Not sure what undergarments you'll like best? Try wearing them around for a day before you make the final decision. You'll get a good feel for what's the most comfortable and effective option for your body and style.

    5. Take undergarments to fittings

    Before you have your dress fitted and altered, make the final selection of your undergarments and bring them along. This is vital to ensuring that your dress has the best fit, particularly in the bodice.

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  • Wedding Belles: A Shaper For Every Shape On Your Big Day

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    It’s June at last and wedding bells are ringing everywhere as brides of every shape and size do the dress dash! Along with the search for your perfect dress to take you down the aisle often comes the search for the perfect shaper for your silhouette. You’re likely to be photographed on your wedding day more than any other day, so capturing the right look for your unique curves is essential.

    That’s why we’ve created this guide to help you find the right foundation for your special day based on your own special shape.

    If your silhouette is more rectangular, with beautiful broad shoulders that sit about the same width as your hips, you may want to create curves with a shaper that has a built-in bra. Paired with a strapless look to show off those shoulders, a garment like the Longline Smooth Strapless Bra by Dominique can set off your gown and your shape! All over smoothing is a nice feature of this figure flatterer.

    If your silhouette most closely resembles the hourglass, with a smaller waist plus fuller bust and hips, you’ll want to accentuate your bust and show off your curves. An underbust garment like the Diva Corselette by AMIA Shapewear will create cleavage, plus you can wear it with your own bra. Pair the Diva Corselette with a scoop or V-neck gown and your special day just got even more special.

    Our pear-shaped beauties will want to bring the eye up, creating a balance between the top and bottom half of your figure. A simple way to emphasize and shape the waist is to add a Compression Panty Shaper by Squeem. It’s seamless construction won’t show through your dress no matter how sheer or delicate the fabric.

    And last but not least, our apple shaped brides will certainly be the apple of their grooms’ eyes when they start with a bottom-lifting bodysuit such as the Alexandra. Trim your tummy and round your rear in this underbust style shaper.

    And the best part about all these pieces is that you will wear them long after you say, “I do.” From your wedding day to every day, the right shaper is the right beginning of every look.

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  • The Summer Wedding Wind Down!

     


     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We all know that summer is the season of love and from the first blossoms of May to the indian summers of August, weddings abound. And of course the ultimate symbol, the crescendo of the big day comes when “the dress” is revealed. But choosing the perfect gown is only half the battle. The beginning of a flawless frock is the foundational garment you wear underneath it. And that’s just what we’re here to explore. We’ve chosen the essential garments to get you ready for the first day of the rest of your life and help your wedding gown look its very best.

    One of the most common garments requested by brides to-be is a bustier. A bustier is one of the classic shaping and support garments. With its boning and structure, this is an ideal garment for all kinds of formal-wear, as it easily accommodates strapless designs. One of our favorites is the Strapless Convertible Bustier Bra by QT (1100). With its smoothing featherweight foam, seamless design and underwire cups, you can create a great shape under most gowns.

    If you’re looking for all torso and thigh control with a few additional “perks” the High Waist Mid Thigh Shaper by ShaToBu (12706A) is a perfect option. This is a lightweight shaper that packs a lot of punch. But a slimmed midsection, hips and thighs is only part of why we love this shaper. Resistance technology is built right into the garment, helping you burn more calories with your regular movements, making this a favorite for wedding days and every other day.

    If you’re looking for powerful curve creation that revamps the rear, we have a seamless shaper that will hide under your dress, while you show off your gorgeous silhouette. The Alexandra by Vedetteslims the waist, hips and thighs, while lifting and rounding the rear with its unique open bottom lifting design. Plus you can remove the straps altogether for a foundation fit for all things formal.

    And last but not least, we love the bust lifting look of the Lavonne Bustless Slip by Yummie Tummie YT4-012. This moderate control shaping slip is the perfect accompaniment to a wide range of looks and gives breathable control for your curves so you can dance the night away in comfort.

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