What goes underneath your wedding dress may not be as important as the dress itself, but it is still pretty important. Those undergarments shape the way the dress looks, defining the form at least somewhat, so choosing wedding dress undergarments is not something you want to take lightly.
If you aren’t sure what kind of slip to wear under a wedding dress, we have some information that can help you.
What is the Purpose of a Slip
In order to find the right slip, you need to know what you are looking for and how the slip should work with your wedding dress. The slip is designed as an undergarment to keep your dress from bunching up between your legs. It keeps you from tripping on it and helps your dress to stay free and flowing.
A slip, when worn properly, should also enhance your figure, showing off your form rather than hiding it.
If your slip isn’t doing those things for you, then you need to choose a different one. Before settling on a slip, check out how it looks under your wedding dress. So, in order to choose the right slip, find your perfect wedding dress first. Then you can take the dress with you when you go shopping for a slip.
You may be able to find both the slip and the dress at the same place, which would be convenient and save you multiple trips. However, you don’t want to settle on a slip that isn’t a good fit for you or that doesn’t work well with your dress just because it is convenient.
The slip should hide your undergarments as well, making them invisible under your dress. The slip ought to create a barrier between the dress and undergarments, so the panty line and bra lines are not showing through.
A slip can also prevent moisture buildup and irritation as well, helping you not to sweat as much and keeping you comfortable under a large wedding dress.
Choose the Right Fabric
Not all slips are the same, which is why we have put this article together for you. One of the most important considerations when buying a slip to put under your wedding dress is the material that the slip is made from. For best results, choose a slip made from the same material as the dress.
The reason for that is because it creates a seamless look between the two garments. The material does not have to be identical, but it should at least be similar.
A slip is often designed to hide undergarments so that they don’t show through the dress. If that is important to you, then you will want to look at your appearance under various kinds of lighting. See how you look under harsh or soft lighting.
Can your undergarments be seen through the dress and the slip at all? How visible they are depends partly on the material for the dress and the slip as well as how thick the slip is. The shape is important as well, as it will determine if the slip and dress cling to your body tightly or hang a bit loose.
Choose the Right Length
Is your slip showing below the dress? Then it is too long. That is usually something that is only going to be a problem if you are wearing a short wedding dress, which isn’t typical. However if you are going for a shorter style dress, then make sure your slip is an appropriate length. It should not be visible below the dress. The ideal length for the slip, according to some sources, is that it falls just under the hemline of the dress.
The slip should be about an inch shorter than the dress so that it isn’t apparent you are wearing it. The slip is your silent, invisible partner, helping you out but staying out of the way and out of the limelight.
Some stylists will tell you that a good length for an under dress slip is just below your fingers when your arms hang down at your sides. This way, it can do its job and keep the dress from getting caught between your legs and not be visible under most dresses. At this length, only you know you are wearing the slip.
One last thought we want to share with you about the length of the slip is that the style rules are up to you. There are reasons for style conventions and why tradition say tshe slip should be a certain length. However, you can make your own style rules and do something different if you want to break from the norm. Just take time to look at how the slip works with your dress before the big day so you know for sure you are happy with it.
Choose the Right Shape
The final consideration you need to have in mind when choosing a slip to go under your wedding dress is how the two work together to create a shape for your body. Is the slip helping to make a flattering shape or is it creating a poncho-like look with the dress? Does it create a pleasing silhouette and a smooth shape or does it make the dress hang too far away from your body.
You probably know the look you are going for, but you won’t know what look you will end up with until you try out the slip and the dress together. To get a better idea of your silhouette and the shape created by the slip and dress combo, you can try them out with a backlight.
Get your friends to take some pictures of you wearing them with strong lighting behind you and low lighting in front. This creates a silhouette and helps you to focus on the shape of your body through the dress and slip. Because lighting conditions may vary from one area to the next on your wedding day, you want to look good under any light.
The silhouette your body makes will give you a pure and unfiltered look at your appearance and the shape your body makes with the clothing you’re wearing.
What Type of Slip to Wear
The kind of dress you choose determines the kind of slip that works best with it. If you are wearing a thin dress, then you should wear a cotton slip with it.
If you are wearing a summer dress, a dress that has no lining, or clothing that is bias cut, then a sheer fabric is ideal for the slip. A partially boned and somewhat loose slip is perfect for those kinds of styles.
If you don’t want a full slip, you could always wear an underskirt to keep the lower part of the dress from bunching up. A full slip is not always necessary.
Most dresses are designed to be worn without a slip, and the slip is simply an extra piece of clothing that becomes unnecessary these days. However, once you try on your wedding dress and walk around in it a bit, you will be able to see whether adding a slip will help out or not. Try the dress with and without a slip and see if you notice any difference or benefit. Then, keep our tips in mind to help you pick the right kind.