The right underwear has the whimsical ability to elevate sensual self-confidence, even if you are the only one who will see it. On the weekend of your wedding, you should feel your most alluring, and crafting the perfect collection of underpinnings will ensure that feeling sticks around all weekend long. According to Helena Stuart of New York lingerie brand Only Hearts, the foundation of any good trousseau starts with staying true to yourself, not what is trending in bridal fashion. “Bridal lingerie should be as varied and individual as the brides themselves. While there are popular styles, there are no true must-haves,” says Stuart. That said, the options can feel endless. Here, some notes to keep in mind as you choose underpinnings for each matrimonial event.
The Rehearsal Dinner
“Now is your time to shine, so step up your normal routine to feel extra special,” suggests Sandra Rose, Vice President of Journelle. “The reality is, the right bra, panty, or piece of shapewear can not only make the outfit, but help you feel your best all weekend long.” A new lacy bra-and-underwear set will make you feel gorgeous all evening, even if you are the only one who sees it at the end of the night.
The Night Before
The night leading up to your wedding is filled with anxiety and excitement for the events ahead. Ease your mind by treating yourself to a little self-care in luxe sleepwear and a cooling eye mask. “To avoid any marks on your skin, don’t wear anything with tight elastics at the waist or at your ankles,” Rose suggests. “Instead, we often suggest—and see brides gravitating towards—loose and sumptuous silk slips and chemises. Ultra-feminine, cooling, and sexy—there’s really nothing better.”
Feeling beautiful the morning of your wedding is vital to ushering that majestic feeling down the aisle. “There is a rising trend in picking pieces to wear while getting ready [on the] day of,” says Stuart. “A beautiful robe or chemise can make a bride feel glamorous while getting her hair and makeup done, and these getting-ready pieces also have the added benefit of being captured by the wedding photographer.”
The Wedding Day
On the day of your wedding, it’s crucial to feel comfortable in your dress. For some brides, this may mean specific shapewear, for others a lacy bra. Since many dresses require specific undergarments, Stuart suggests having fun with underwear to get into that seductive feeling on your big day. “For under your dress, you may need a specific bra, or none at all, to work with your neckline, so it’s fun to play with panties. You can go with a delicate white lace or use them as your something blue.” Slip into your favorite fragrance just before dressing for a little extra mystique.
The Wedding Night
Changing into yet another multi-faceted ensemble seems almost cruel after an evening of dancing and celebration. Stuart suggests an alternative we can all get behind: “After spending the day in shapewear and laced up into your dress, changing into your wedding night lingerie shouldn’t be a process. We love the idea of one piece: a bodysuit or a slip, rather than a whole elaborate ensemble,” Stuart advises. “You can look just as glamorous and sexy without the hassle. Our choice: our Whisper Sweet Nothings Cou Cou Bodysuit in White Lily, which features delicate lace alongside a sexy peek-a-boo gusset and cheeky exposed bottom.”
Jetsetting To Your Honeymoon
Don’t lose that sexy feeling just because you’re hopping on a flight to your honeymoon destination. “That silk chemise you wore the night before your wedding? Try it with a leather jacket and a fabulous sandal for dinner,” Sandra Rose advises. “Add romantic white lingerie with delicate lace details under a casual tank while sightseeing, or opt for a bright swimsuit for sitting poolside.”
Originally Appeared on Vogue