Not Your Mother's Bridal Lingerie

By Mark Etinger

Traditional bridal lingerie connotes a certain level of purity and reserve that, frankly, not all women want present on that special night following the wedding. Fortunately, many stores also carry modern lingerie styles catering to more exciting brides. 


While many wedding dresses are designed to trail on the ground, the bridal bustier employs the opposite technique, featuring a short skirt that covers just enough to keep things interesting - and, sometimes, no skirt at all. Bridal bustiers often include all sorts of embellishments, including lace, ruffles, and sequins. And, like many modern bridal lingerie styles, they don't just come in white - many bustier lingerie collections offer options in sexy red and black, flirtatious pink, or demure ivory. 

The bustier is a favorite among many lingerie brands. Carnival Lingerie, for example, has created a unique Tuxedo Bridal Bustier in beautiful textured lace. This bustier features underwire cups and boning on the bodice to sculpt the body to its full potential, at the same time evoking a certain masculine edge. And the removable garter belt isn't bad either. Simone Perele has also embraced the bustier with an alluring piece featuring lace accents and a removable tulle skirt for added whimsy. 


Similar to bustiers in their body-sculpting capabilities, corsets' feature visible cinching ties - a look that drives most men (grooms included) wild. Although the lace-up fronts and backs are almost always fully functional, most corset lingerie styles have additional hook-and-eye closures for easier access. Certain lingerie collections even include corsets with intentionally loose laces, allowing tantalizing portions of skin to show through. And again, removable garter belts can also be seen here. 

Of course, you can't talk bridal corsets without mentioning Swarovski. Known for its premium-cut crystals, Swarovski does not disappoint in the lingerie department, as the brand's strapless Crystal Corset is regal and elegant - perfect for your special night. Crafted in satin, this piece offers flattering boning and ribbon laces in the back. 

Shirley of Hollywood is another of the great corset lingerie brands, manufacturing designs in both standard and plus sizes. Brides of all sizes love the Jacquard Tapestry Strapless Corset, distinct for its luxurious fabric base and Venice trim. Looking for some color? This corset comes in white, black, red, and blue. 

Garter Belts

A staple in bridal lingerie collections, the garter belt provides an elaborate touch to any bra and panty combination. In fact, some of the most elegant garter belts on the market are actually parts of larger lingerie sets, making it easy to craft a complete look out of a few simple pieces. Like many lingerie styles, garter belts offer avariety of designs, including embroidery, lace, and sheer panels. Shirley of Hollywood makes a beautiful Chopper Bar Lace Garter Belt in black, red, and white. 

In all three of these bridal lingerie collections, you might have noticed one common denominator: the garter belt.Garter belts connect to thigh-high bridal stockings for the ultimate sexy look. When in doubt, invest in a bustier or corset featuring a removable garter - if you don't like it, you don't have to wear it! 

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