I know I can’t be the only girl who watched the Golden Globes last week wishing I could look like those Hollywood ladies in a gown. I’m not going to get all crazy and say the rest of us can look just like the stars – we all know they have a team of professionals in their back pockets. We can, however, use little tricks to look our best in a bridesmaid dress, or any formal gown.
The secret? Good undergarments. Undergarments look funny without clothes on (hint: don’t try to use them to entice men), but they get the job done.
My favorites are Spanx.
They have every style under the moon – biker shorts, bras, slips, you name it. And personally, I think it’s worth it to spend the extra money on the seamless Spanx. They are more comfortable, squeeze it all in a little better, and there is no seam up the belly.
I learned this the hard way. I wore the seam-up-the-belly biker shorts under a light purple chiffon dress. Let’s just say it wasn’t a good situation, and I had to make sure I held my bridesmaid bouquet right where the seam was.
There are three undergarments to invest in for every dress. Just buy them once – you can use all of these over and over…
· Spanx – for smoothing the bum, belly, and back.
· Dresser Cups – sewn into the bust of your dress. They’re cheaper than a bra ($10-$15), comfortable, and invisible once your dress is on. The first time my seamstress put these in a gown for me, I looked like I had an instant boob lift – I wanted to have them sewn into everything I own.
· Hollywood Fashion Tape – holds fabric close to the skin, quick fixes hems, and can also hold together a low v-neck gown to show a little less cleavage. One $7 box has lasted me over two years.
So get shopping and share this information with the rest of the bridal party – especially your bride! Whether you’re a size 2 or 28, undergarments are simply a must. You’ll be happy you made the investment once the photos come back.