Bridal lingerie advice from Ultimo

Make savvy underwear style choices with a little help from Michelle Mone


In the flurry of wedmin activity, you really shouldn’t overlook the importance of underwear. Second to slipping into your dream wedding dress, the perfect lingerie will help you feel confident and beautiful on your big day as well as smoothing and supporting you to supermodel proportions and beyond! 


Whether your dress is strapless, backless, low-cut or super-slinky, lingerie label Ultimo has found the solution. And the best bit is there are no Bridget Jones-style big pants in sight…

Make finding your perfect wedding day lingerie easy with these top tips from Ultimo founder, Michelle Mone.

For an hourglass shape, Michelle says: “Ladies lucky enough to have the hourglass shape should choose a body or basque. Bodies and Basques smooth and sculpt the silhouette but still offer the support and cleavage of your favourite plunge bra.” 

For a pear-shape: “Pear-shaped ladies really benefit from the help of a control short. No matter if you’re a size eight or 18, the shorts will not only slim down your bottom half but also sculpt and smooth, giving you the curves you’ve always dreamed of. Or if you’re after something a bit sexier, a bra with shoulder detail can balance out bottom-heavy beauties.”

For apple shapes: “If you carry your weight around the middle I’d suggest going for a basque or a high-waisted short. There are so many sexy styles out there so you won’t need to change your underwear for the evening.”

For athletic shapes: “Ladies with an athletic shape should opt for lingerie with intricate details such as pleats, bows and frills, or a cropped bralet to give the illusion of a feminine shape.”

For flat-chested girls: “There is no excuse not to flaunt a fabulous cleavage on your wedding day. Go for a bra with gel and a low plunge. At Ultimo we put silicone gel into a range of our bras which give the look of between one and two cup sizes more; there are so many cleavage-enhancing options out there.”

For bigger busted brides: “Those blessed with an ample bust; fear not. Many bridal collections go up to a G-cup. The key for those with a larger bust is support and uplift. I’d recommend popping into a store and trying on a range of styles to see which feels the most comfortable. There’s nothing worse than seeing a bride spill out of her dress.”

Visit ultimo.co.uk for more advice and style inspiration. 


Still on searching for the perfect lingerie for your big day? Ell & Cee’s new 2012 bridal lingerie collection might have just what you’re looking for.