Read on after the jump.
There seems to be a certain pattern that nearly always comes true:
First there is the decision of getting married in white, then the bride chooses a dress. When the tailor has it ready for the final fitting, everything is just great, a vision in white... but then suddenly, out of the blue, the questions pops up: And what will I wear underneath?!
- Bride to be: "Well, my tailor said, I do not really need a bra since the corset should be supportive enough, but I don't feel safe without one."
- Sales lady (nods sympathetically and asks): "Is it a real (meaning steel-boned) corset?"
- Bride to be (shakes head and continues): "No, not really; it's only made of fabric. I think I need
• a strapless bra in a suitable colour (meaning pure white) and• some shapewear that I can wear underneath.
Both should be as sexy as possible of course."
- Shop assistant (thinks about known products and arms herself with patience for difficult task ahead): ?!? ...Some time later after some trying on and discussing the problem:- Sales assistant (matter-of-factly): "Okay, we have here a strapless bra that fits perfectly but it's only available in nude/ivory/other colour than pure white."- Bride to be (in a panicy voice): "Yes, but this does not go with my dress!!!"- Sales assistant (trying to sound patient): "Maybe it would be a possiblity to wear a normal, aka balconette, pure white bra and attach some shoulder straps/sleeves to your wedding dress?"- Bride to be (still stubborn):"No, that's out of the question. The dress is so beautiful as it is."- Shop assistant (bites tongue): ?!? ...
And so it goes on and on...
Okay, I admit, this is a worst-case-scenario but many tailors who sell wedding dresses seem not to include a reasonable underwear solution into their service. And just as many brides begin to think about it when it's actually too late. My observations imply that this phenomenon is nearly completely independent from breast size... only, finding a working solution is definitely more difficult the larger the cup size.
I therefore would strongly advise to think of the underwear from the start and have your bra/basque/corset ready before ordering a dress. If you want to marry in white or any of your friends, sisters, cousins or other women you know, please "warn" them about the issue! The same is true for the bridemaids-dresses or any other form of evening attire, ball gowns and the like.
Because, what's the use of the most beautiful dress if you do not find any underwear for it?!
|Margaret Forrest from Australia, 1876|
Source: Wiki Commons
What are your experiences with underwear for special occasions? What do you wear under fancy dresses?