Under the Dress: Shopping for the Big Day

Hanky Panky "I Do" Thong & Garter Gift Set

Hanky Panky “I Do” Thong & Garter Set

CONGRATULATIONS! You got the man, you got the ring, and now you got THE DRESS. You tore out magazine photos, scoured the internet, analyzed The Wedding Channel ™, and finally stepped foot into a bridal salon… you found it! With alterations upon the horizon, you need to think about basic foundations.

From multiple kinds of bras to a variety of panties, to body slimming garments and corset-like structures, from hosiery to even a leg garter—so many choices! Just like with wedding dresses, you have to think about color (there are hundreds of shades of white), function, fabrication, brand and most importantly, price.  Also, consider two very important things: what you honestly need to look your best and to properly fit your body. (Note: what you wear under your wedding dress is usually NOT what you wear on your wedding night… to be discussed at a later date.)

With all things considered, I got married this past February in a silk charmeuse halter neck, flowing sheath. I knew I needed strapless support with no back, minimal lines (dress was body conscious) and non-conforming (it was pretty warm in Puerto Rico). I went with Nu-Bra ™ which lasted through the humidity and hours of dancing, a half slip to create a smooth appearance and a Hanky Panky “I DO” low rise thong.


Liz, Merchandising & Planning Coordinator on Her Wedding Day

With regard to fit, I have seen too many girls in strapless dresses do the “double handed bust pick-up”, especially during photographic moments–not attractive. Don’t buy a corset so tight that you look like Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind and can’t sit down or eat a bite. Don’t buy a bra that can’t keep up with your dance-floor moves. If you know you will get overheated, forget the hosiery. Buy several different items–buy more than one bra, different fitting underwear and TRY THEM ON WITH YOUR DRESS. Get advice from your alterations person or another discerning eye.

You want to look your best for your special day so remember:  It starts with the foundations.


About Hanky Panky

In 1977, designer Gale Epstein created a hand-made lingerie set for her friend, Lida Orzeck, crafted out of embroidered handkerchiefs. The original designs were the inspiration for the company name, Hanky Panky. Blending traditional with modern glam looks, Hanky Panky is a fashion favorite of countless celebrities.
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