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.
1. 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.”
Perfect to wear underneath a dark color.
You’ll feel completely supported in these.
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.”
You’ll no doubt have a smooth look all night long.
Give yourself all the support you need in this bodysuit with a built-in bra.
If you don’t want to wear a bodysuit, this will give some tummy control without leaving a panty line.
3. Maxi Dresses
“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.”
These will be practically invisible underneath your dress.
Not only will these leggings support your legs, but they will also give you a boost in the behind, too.
You’ll have seamless coverage from head to toe.
4. 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.”
When a backless bra isn’t enough, this will do the trick.
With adhesive lining on the wings, this will definitely be staying in place.
Adjust the straps on these to accommodate any type of neckline you have.
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!”
This will be sure to create a smooth line under the skirt of your dress.
Planning to wear something semi-sheer? You can’t go wrong with this slip skirt.
“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.”
Rest assured that this bodysuit will stay in place.
This might be one of the most comfortable pieces of shapewear ever.