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You’ve picked out the dress of your dreams. Congratulations! Now you need to schedule an appointment for a fitting, which will involve meeting with a tailor and making sure the gown fits you just right so that it’s perfect when it’s time to walk down the aisle.
It can be a little nerve-wracking knowing that you’ll have to get undressed in front of someone else, especially if you don’t know what to expect. But if you come prepared and are familiar with what happens during fittings, it can make things much easier. In this article, we’ll talk about everything from the type of underwear people typically wear for fittings to how long they usually take.
You should bring your shoes, including the heel height that you plan to wear on your wedding day.
- Wear your hair and makeup the way you plan to on your wedding day
- Bring the exact shoes you plan to wear, including the heel height that you’ll be wearing.
- Bring a strapless bra and underwear (or Spanx if you like).
Bring a strapless bra and seamless underwear.
While you may think a bra isn’t necessary for your dress fitting, consider that most dresses are constructed with the expectation of you wearing one. This means that if you go without, your dress may have less support than it does with a bra.
Also, wear seamless underwear or a thong for a smooth line under your gown. For an extra-smooth silhouette, try on a girdle to see what it will bring to the table (or in this case, the dress). If you are getting married in a strapless gown, make sure to bring along a strapless bra so that they can check how well it supports your top half while also giving them an idea of how high or low they need to position the boning and support built into the bodice of your dress.
If you hate shapewear but love undergarments, another option is nude underwear—wear underwear that matches your skin tone so that they don’t create any visible panty lines beneath your gown.
Wear a simple dress to allow the focus to remain on the wedding dress during fittings.
- Wear a simple dress to allow the focus to remain on the wedding dress during fittings.
- Keep it monochromatic. When choosing what to wear, pick something that is not multicolored or distracting.
- Pick an outfit that isn’t too tight (you don’t want anyone looking at your body instead of your dress). Avoid anything that is too loose as well (you don’t want to look like you’re wearing a sack).
- Choose something with a length somewhere in between mid-thigh and ankle-length (avoid mini dresses and maxi skirts).
- Make sure nothing is too revealing: no skintight or plunging necklines, no slit hemlines, etc.
Wear an undergarment that matches your skin tone as closely as possible.
While you may be tempted to wear your favorite undergarments, it’s best to select an undergarment that will not show through the fabric. If you are wearing a strapless dress, then opt for a strapless bra or one with convertible straps so that you can change the shape of the bra according to the neckline of your dress. These bras have become increasingly popular and a variety of options exist, including lace, seamless and even nude color bras that can work with any skin tone.
It’s also important to wear an undergarment that matches your skin tone as closely as possible. For example, if you have darker skin, try out a darker colored bra or corset rather than white or ivory. While bright colors may be more fun to wear on a daily basis, they may show through your gown and ruin its overall look.
When selecting an undergarment, consider the style of the wedding gown being fitted.
As you embark on this important step of your wedding planning journey, keep the following in mind:
- When selecting an undergarment, consider the style of the wedding gown being fitted. For example, if a strapless gown is being fitted, then a strapless bra should be worn; if a backless gown is being fitted, then a backless bra should be worn; if a sheer gown is being fitted that exposes one’s entire body from neck to toe with only an outline of where the bride’s hair and face are visible (in other words, completely see-through), then a nude bra should be worn. If your dress has plunging necklines or corset style lacing that reveal part of your breasts or upper ribs (respectively), it’s best to wear a bra that also plunges and/or laces up along your sides instead of at the front.
- Don’t forget your accessories! Belts, headbands, brooches and hair pins can help accentuate different areas of our bodies—it’s important to remember these items when dressing for a fitting so you know how they will look in conjunction with each other.
Now that we’ve covered what garments you’ll need for fittings – let’s discuss which items make great additions when going through this process!
Your bridal appointment is an exciting time and you want to be comfortable and prepared for it.
- Wear a supportive bra (strapless if possible)
- Wear undergarments that match your skin tone
- Keep accessories to a minimum
- Restrain from wearing any lotions, perfumes or creams the day of your appointment.
Let’s talk clothes. You want to wear something that is comfortable and easy to move in. This will allow you to stand, sit, dance and twirl in your dress while you are trying it on. A simple dress is recommended so that it won’t distract from the wedding gowns you will be viewing. Also, please refrain from wearing any lotion or perfume since these can stain our sample dresses.
So now you know what to wear to a dress fitting! With your preparations complete, you can feel confident walking into the fitting. If you have any questions about when and where your bridal gown will be ready, don’t hesitate to ask. And just remember: if you’ve been invited to the fitting, it’s only because of how special you are to the bride or groom. They’re looking forward to seeing you there!