Brides – you don’t have to live with the padding that comes with your gown, say bridal designers. A better way is to select your bra and get your gown designed around it. Here are some common dress designs and bras to suit.

When a neckline plunges 
A dress with a low front needs a bra with a sharp plunge too. And if the dress straps are thin, a bra with “invisble” latex straps is perfect. 

Strap Happy 
A halter top calls for a bra with convertible straps that clasp at the waist to accomodate the low back. 

Scoop News 
For a scoop neck, a push-up bra will turn your upper torso into your better half.

Bare Works 
When straps are a no-no, try a backless and seamless bra that tapes to your sides. 

Clean Lines 
A little nip and tuck for shape and clean lines are essetial for a strapless gown. Pick a seamless, body control slip. 

Firm up perfect 
A soft cowl neck gown needs shape under it. Try a half-bustier-bra that holds and pushes up.

This article was first published in Her World Brides March – May 2002.