When I wrote Down That Aisle in Style: A Wedding Guide for Full Figured Women, there was very little information out there for plus size women. I wanted it to be a great resource for the curvy bride and it all starts with a good foundation. No matter the design of a house, it’s only as good as its foundation. The same theory can be applied to bridal gowns. Before you slip on the dress of your dreams, you need the appropriate foundation on which to build your ‘brick house.” Ultimately, it serves as the steel and cement that will support your entire look.
I break down foundations into three sections:
- Body slips and suits – Body slips tend to keep riding up no matter what you do, but a body suit will stay in place. It comes in full coverage, French cut or thong.
- Shapers – Your gown’s waistline and skirt will influence the shaper you use. Formfitting gowns such as a sheath, column and mermaid (a/k/a fit and flare) demand a one piece foundation garment. Be careful when wearing two pieces. Sometimes unsightly bulging can occur. If you must have two pieces try a high waist panty or biker short and a camisole that will slide smoothly over the top.
- Bridal Slips – A bridal slip adds fullness to the gown’s skirt, and is built to support the weight and sheer volume of the fabric involved in a full gown. Medium to medium-full slips are the most common choices since they accommodate the largest number of gowns.
A special note about bras: A staggering 85% of women are wearing the wrong size bra! Whether strapless, demi, bustier, or full coverage, you need the support of a high quality bra that fits your gown’s particular features. Make an appointment with a professional like the bra specialists at Intimacy.com. This is not the time for penny-pinching, but once you know better you can find a better price online. Try BarePlus by Bare Necessities. It offers many high quality brands and specialty bras for fuller figures.
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