Sticky vs. Sewn in
Yes, we are talking about bras, ladies. Some girls love a sticky bra and these are just bras that have an adhesive that allows you to put it on and have it stay in place. Fans call them "sticky boobs," which makes us laugh, but once a fan, almost always a fan. Just know that sweat can cause the adhesive to do less than a perfect job. Secondly, it is a bra that has to be cared for and remembered on the day of your wedding. If you keep a list of items to pack or have ready on your wedding day: don't forget your bra.
Sew in bras are just that: they are bra cups that are sewn into the gown and they not only stay in place and don't have to be remembered (when you're gathering your items), brides tell us that they feel secure and covered. Most wedding gowns need alterations, so having the bra cups sewn in just makes sense.
Hoops vs. Crenolins
Hoops make most of us think of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind. She's elegant (and sassy) until she sits down and the front of her dress flies up to hit her in the face and show her undergarments. The hoop skirts we carry do NOT do that. They have some give, but still allow you to look like you're floating. Hoop skirts allow air flow (important if it's a hot day or your fabric is heavy) and they keep your skirt fabric from folding in on itself. When dresses and skirts have a lot of fabric, it can end up folding and bunching around itself, and then everyone misses the details - like lace or beading. A hoop skirt solves that problem. They also come in different sizes, so if you're not wanting to be Cinderella on you big day, opt for a smaller version of the ones you see here. We have both!
Crinolines are similar, in that they provide structure, but they are often heavier and have more fabric. They work the same way that a hoop frame/skirt does, but they can be hotter. Both work to allow the skirt to float around you instead of gathering around your ankles. You may need to try both before committing to see what works for you.
We no longer carry body smoothers and shapers since so many different varieties can be found just about everywhere (from Kohl's to high-end lines from London), but these are a great choice with the right gown. Shapers can give you a sense of confidence and even remind you to monitor your posture. For those of you who seek a gown with cut outs, a sheer bodice or deep V in the front or back, you may not be able to rely on an extra garment underneath to cover you. Once the dress is chosen, work through ALL of your various options for undergarments. Choose the "extra" unmentionables carefully and you'll be set.
Questions? Ask us! We're here to help!