If you have a formal occasion such as a wedding or gala to attend in the future, figuring out what to wear underneath your dresses should be the least of your worries. But if you’re the type of woman who prefers to have a little extra support for those occasions, know that there’s a type of shapewear designed for every style of dress. To find out, we asked fashion stylist Alyssa Sutter, who has dressed multitudes of celebrity clients (including Lucy Hale), for her go-to undergarments for any style of dress she’s working with. See what she recommends below.
A-Line and Fit-and-Flare
“An A-line or fit-and-flare dress is actually very flattering. This silhouette would require minimal shapewear. Depending on your shape or size, you can try classic high-waisted shorts, briefs, or a waist cincher.”
Spanx Power Conceal‑Her Mid‑Thigh Shorts ($60)
Perfect to wear underneath a dark color.
Miraclesuit Extra Firm Tummy-Control Shape ($50)
You’ll feel completely supported in these.
TC Fine Intimates Wonderful Edge Hi-Waist Briefs ($48)
If you’re wearing something shorter, these briefs will be perfect.
“[For a body-con dress], I would recommend a full slip or bodysuit with a built-in bra. This is the best way to ensure no lines or creases will be shown. … Another option would be a thin control-top thong if you just want to slim the tummy.”
Spanx Thinstincts Open Bust Mid Thigh Bodysuit ($92)
You’ll no doubt have a smooth look all night long.
Wacoal Visual Effects Underwire Shaping Bodysuit ($85)
Give yourself all the support you need in this bodysuit with a built-in bra.
Yummie Seamlessly Shaped Ultralight Thong ($18)
If you don’t want to wear a bodysuit, this will give some tummy control without leaving a panty line.
“Shapewear with extended pantyhose or a catsuit is perfect for under a maxi dress. This is the best way to keep your figure looking smooth from top to bottom.”
Item M6 Opaque Footless Tights ($78)
These will be practically invisible underneath your dress.
Leonisa Light Tummy-Control Legging ($35)
Not only will these leggings support your legs, but they will also give you a boost in the behind, too.
Spanx Suit Your Fancy Stretch Bodysuit ($98)
You’ll have seamless coverage from head to toe.
Plunging Necklines and Low Backs
“There are great undergarments specifically for plunging necklines and low backs. Plunging slips and convertible bras will keep you covered for the trickiest necklines. Adhesive bras can be worn with open-back and plunging necklines.”
Fashion Forms U-Plunge Self-Adhesive Backless Thong Bodysuit ($30)
When a backless bra isn’t enough, this will do the trick.
Nordstrom Lingerie Voluptuous Backless Strapless Underwire Bra ($42)
With adhesive lining on the wings, this will definitely be staying in place.
Nordstrom Lingerie Convertible Plunge Bra ($28)
Adjust the straps on these to accommodate any type of neckline you have.
Spanx Suit Your Fancy Plunge Low-Back Mid-Thigh Bodysuit ($148)
When you need a seamless finish, wear this with all your dresses.
“[A slip skirt] is a great shapewear item if you are wearing anything semi-sheer!”
Hanro Satin Deluxe Slip Skirt ($84)
This will be sure to create a smooth line under the skirt of your dress.
JKY by Jockey Half Slip ($14)
Planning to wear something semi-sheer? You can’t go wrong with this slip skirt.
Yummie High Waist Skirt Slip ($58)
“If you’re wearing a strapless dress, I’d suggest a strapless slip or bodysuit. You can find many options with different necklines to mimic the neckline of your dress.”
Body Wrap Firm Control Convertible Bodysuit ($84)
Rest assured that this bodysuit will stay in place.
Commando Two-Faced Tech Control Stretch Slip ($88)
This might be one of the most comfortable pieces of shapewear ever.
This post was published at an earlier date and has been updated. Next, shop the under-$100 fashion finds that will earn you compliments.
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