You need them.
These are not your average undergarments and it can be a little overwhelming to suddenly be launched into the world of shapewear. I for one am not even completely confident that I know my own (correct) bra size, so being faced with "What size bustier do you need" is like asking me, "What is the difference in ball baring sizes?".
GOOD NEWS. We can size you. And we can tell you exactly what you're going to need under your dress.
Absolutely Necessary Item #1: BRA.
You can choose any kind of support you want, but you MUST HAVE SUPPORT. You're wearing a GOWN. Not a sundress and the girls can have a play date on your honeymoon, so strap them in and wear your dress with confidence.
This is a great bustier if you are not an extra endowed woman and just need shaping and support to maintain the structure of your gown. It also offers an extremely low back so that your gown can have that dramatic plunge :)
See...really low. I like this one. It works for my itty bitty titties.
The next bra is a FULL bustier for you extra curvy gals who needs not only shaping but also full support!
Lots of stretch and pull to corral the girls...it also offer tummy shaping by forming to your entire abdomen. It's a great bra for under sheer gowns if you're needing a little shape help. The back is not quite as low, but it will NOT show in 95% of gowns!
So then there's my favorite option: CUPS!!
You literally just have them sewn into your gown by your seamstress! 1) They will NEVER show no matter how much you move 2) They are more comfortable then a full bustier 3) They are less expensive than a bra!!
But how can these little foamy pieces keep you in place?!?! Well, if you have an extremely fitted gown, like a corset back gown (think Maggie Sottero), then you're already being cinched in...you just need a little lift and hold for the twins to be stable during your day of photos! If you are less and than a D cup you seriously need to consider these bad larrys.
Absolutely Necessary Item #2: Petticoat
I must impress upon you with the most honest sincerity: YOU HAVE TO WEAR A PETTICOAT.
First of all: what the heck? Petticoat?? Is it 1872 and am I also finally old enough to wear my skirts long? No. it's just the wedding world word for slip. Plus it's more substantial than a slip so it needs a bigger word.
You must wear a petticoat in order to maintain the structure of your gown. Throughout the day your skirt "wilts" with wear and warmth. Having the extra layer under your skirt keeps the gown looking the way it should and also keeps it looking fresh and bouncy.
And THEN OMHYGOSH you MUST wear a petticoat so that your dress doesn't do that thing where it shows your legs when you walk. EW. I don't care how full the skirt...DON'T LET IT GO BETWEEN YOU LEGS WHEN YOU WALK. That's like having your hair dyed by a a Hollywood pro for $600 and then washing it with Suave. Don't be tacky, ladies! :)
Again, lots of options for all the different gowns!
The mermaid petticoat! To keep the "mer" in your "mermaid". Just enough flounce so that the bottom will stay flared, giving you that classy look.
This is the most frequently used petticoat! It's not too big, not too small, and keeps the dress just the right amount of poofy. Almost EVERY gown you've seen so far in this blog has had this lil' lady underneath. If this was homecoming she would be the Queen.
Ok and NOW...I'm rolling out the big guns...
BAM CHECK THIS OUT!! It's HUGE. And gorgeous :):):) If you're wanting a princess feel to your skirt you HAVE to have this. This is the petticoat that Cinderella and Belle need under their gowns. For reals. I put it on for fun one day (cause I like to play dress up) and I TOTALLY felt like Scarlet O'Hara!
Isn't she pretty? So simple and sleek...this is for under the straighter skirts and for the ladies who don't want their gowns to be froufy. (Yes. Froufy is a word.) It's a great slip for special occasion gowns as well...you know...the annual kingdom wide ball that the king and queen throw.
LOOK HOW CUTE THIS IS!! This is for under a short skirt like a ballet or tea length gown. Like in the "Little White Dress" blog that I did!
I love these little skirts...too cute. I've also had girls purchase these for costuming!
-The petticoats are all lined so that you are not being shredded by the crinoline. (the stiff, rough, net fabric that holds out the gown.)
-Bras and Petticoats do need to be ordered so make sure you give us AT LEAST a month to get them here
- Don't forget!! We can dye your petticoat! It's a minimal charge for an exceptionally awesome detail!
- Certain petticoats are available with a hoop skirt in them as opposed to the crinoline so that your legs are not as warm.
Ok, so re-cap: you need a bra, you need a petticoat, we have them here. Aaaand GO!