Now you have selected the colour let’s look at what bra shapes pair well with dress styles. From off-the-shoulder to plunge, to illusion necklines.

Illusion style 

Illusion style – Needs a well fitted strapless bra. Some ladies want more support and go for clear straps. The straps will only give you 20% of your support, 10% on each shoulder. 80% of support comes from the fitted band. Also, clear straps can cheapen the look of your dress and can stick to your skin if you become hot.

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V - Neck

V-neck – You will need straps for this one, unless you are a petite bust you could get away with a plunge strapless. For the average larger cup sizes, we recommend a plunge bra, therefore your bra won’t be seen in the centre of the dress. There are many lower V-neck specialist bras you can now buy from specialist wedding lingerie stores.

Backless

Low cut corset or low cut shape bodies can be worn. Again a lot of bridal lingerie sections and specialist lingerie brands have wonderful solution for an all in one piece to sit under your dress. Ladies with a smaller cup size of A-B, YES! If you want to go bra less you can. That just depends on how confident you are and also if the material isn’t too sheer to expose you. However there are cups that can be sewn into your dress and some dresses now come with them to protect your modesty if you chose to go braless.

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Off the shoulder 

We would recommend a strapless plunge so that the centre of the bra isn’t visible with this cut dress. An off the shoulder dress will sit differently against your chest compared to a standard strapless dress.

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We have listed some great brands to browse from that we recommend when looking for your wedding lingerie. There will be others, but these are our favourites from experience and from stock choice:

• Rigby & Peller (luxury selection and fittings)

• La Perla (luxury lingerie)

•Wonderbra (for strapless & plunge solutions)

• Bridal Lingerie Shop – Cheshire (great solutions)

• Simone Perele (luxury lingerie)

• Studio Pia (great for low back)

• Bluebella (luxury lingerie)

• Agent provocateur (glamourous for the evening)

• Bravissmo (for fittings)

• Ellisi (for corsets)

(All have online shops and are able to take bridal bookings)

Written by Jennifer Hare - Panache Styling