This blog post has been guest-written by Aneta Pazeski from Bridesmaids Dressing Room.
So you've been asked to be a bridesmaid! It all sounds like lots of fun and good times, and you can't wait to be there by the bride's side on her special wedding day. You're excited about being a part of the bridal crew, but if you're a busty girl part of you might be "freaking out" a little when it comes to the thought of finding the right dress (and the right bra too).
We dress and style women on a daily basis - and so many of them ask 'What kind of bra should I wear with this bridesmaid dress?' The answer we give depends on the dress they ultimately choose.
One thing we know for sure, is that wearing the right bra can really make a huge difference to the overall look of the gown and the silhouette a bra can help create.
We often hear from fuller-busted girls 'There's no way I would wear a strapless dress - because I can't find a strapless bra in my size.' That's when we say: 'It's time for you to discover Brava Lingerie!' If you wear a D cup or above - then this is the store for you.
The first step is to choose a dress that suits your body shape and your personality (that's what the expert stylists at Bridesmaids Dressing Room can help you with). The second step, once you know the style of dress, is to go bra shopping (that's where the expert bra fitters at Brava can help).
Look for a bra that feels comfortable and gives you a great shape, whilst providing excellent support.
Below we outline the main categories of dress styles and the best bra to suit:
Bridesmaid Dress Style: V-neck style dress
A V-neck style dress is the easiest to find the right bra for. Look for a smooth finish, plain bra - with no lace, bling or fancy details. Depending on how low the front of the gown is, you may need to look for a low plunge V at the front of the bra, to prevent it from being visible. Remember to be mindful of how thick the straps of the dress are; make sure the bra straps are thinner than the dress straps.
Bridesmaid Dress Style: Strapless/One-shoulder/Thin Strap dress
A strapless bra gives you a lot of flexibility in terms of teaming it up with a variety of dress styles. A strapless bra can work with a strapless gown, a one-shoulder design, a style with thin spaghetti straps, and many more styles. When choosing a strapless bra, look for one that gives you good cup coverage. You don't want to have excess breast tissue sitting above the front of the cup, because when you wear the dress it will add more pressure to the front of the chest.
If the gown has a deep sweet-heart design at the front, look for a similar shaped strapless bra, so you don't risk seeing the bra in the middle of the heart section where it dips down.
If the dress style has cap sleeves, you can wear the straps on the bra (clear straps or nude) to help give you more support as long as the straps sit in the correct alignment as the sleeves so they are not visible. In some cases, we have hand stitched the straps into the correct position to suit the dress (this can be unpicked and removed from the bra after the wedding day).
You can even look into wearing a strapless corset style bra that provides great support. Corsets are not for everybody¦. but certainly worth a try if you've never tried one before!
If you have a halter-neck style dress, a strapless bra can also work with an added strap over the back of the neck for more lift and support. Some strapless bras also have a multi-way strap options which enable you to wear a few different looks - strapless, cross-back, halter, straight straps, etc.
Bridesmaid Dress Style: Low back dress
A low-back dress can be a little tricky to find the right bra for - but it's not impossible. Depending on how low the back of the dress is, this will determine the style of low-back bra to buy. When shopping for a bra, it's good to have an idea of where the back of the dress finishes at the lowest point. The best way to get good support is to choose a bustier style strapless bra. By having the support under the bust, and hugging around under the rib cage, it provides the lift and support required to hold the breasts securely.
Alteration ideas - add a cap sleeve
If you are really, really struggling to find the right bra, then another option to consider is the possibility of having cap sleeves added to the dress design. Often we can order the matching fabric that the dress is made from, and we can alter the dress design, by adding cap sleeves to suit your body shape/arms. It is advisable you have this discussion with the dress stylist at the time of ordering the dress, so the fabric can be ordered at the same time to ensure the colour dye lots are the same. Then when you go bra shopping you will have a better idea of the type of bra you will need for your first dress fitting. It's a good idea to bring along a picture of the dress design you have chosen, to show the image to your bra fitter, as then they know how to give you the best advice as well.
We recommend choosing either a nude or black bra depending on the colour of the dress. If you are wearing a light coloured gown, choose a nude coloured bra. If you are wearing a dark coloured dress, then buy a black bra. When in doubt, invest in a nude bra - at least then if a little bit of the bra (or straps) become visible, it will be a bit more camouflaged as a skin colour, and won't be as noticeable in photos (and nothing a wedding photographer can't fix up with a bit of Photoshop these days!).
Look for a bra that feels comfortable and gives you a great shape, whilst providing excellent support. Most importantly choose a bra that you makes you feel fantastic¦ it can make a world of difference to your self-confidence and posture.
If you're not 100% sure about which bra will work best with your dress (subject to store approval & keeping your receipts) you may be able to buy two different styles of bras closer to your first dress fitting. If you keep the tags on, you can work out which bra works best under the dress, and then return the bra that doesn't work. Just remember to return the inappropriate bra before the store policy return date and guidelines, with the tags still intact.
As you can see, there are a lot of things to consider! Choosing the right dress and the right bra doesn't need to be stressful, it's just a case of getting the right guidance from the experts and finding something that works for you.
If you need help finding the perfect bridesmaid dress, contact the team at Bridesmaids Dressing Room. Then when you need to find the perfect bra to suit, contact the team Brava Lingerie.
Best of luck with your boobs, bras and bridesmaid duties on the wedding day!
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