It’s easy to get caught up in wedding planning- booking a caterer, meeting with the florist, and selecting your dream dress are all such exciting milestones! In selecting your dream dress and the perfect accessories to match, what often gets overlooked as your next step is choosing what undergarments to wear. Luckily, as the premier choice of Dallas wedding alterations, guiding you in the right direction is kind of our thing and we have a wide selection of undergarments to choose from!
We always suggest coming to your first dress fitting and discussing your best option before making any purchases. Many vendors we work with create styles specifically for bridal wear, from panties to shapewear, and we can help guide you toward the style that will help you look and feel your best on your big day! Let’s jump right in!
Generally speaking, we recommend nude colored, “no-show” panties and typically steer our clients away from full-coverage underwear, which could reveal panty lines under your gown. In many cases, we recommend Shapewear to streamline the fit of your gown and to make you feel as comfortable as possible on your big day.
At AFTA, we’re obsessed with our friends at Commando who make undergarments designed to, “make women love getting dressed,” (and we can guarantee that sentiment extends to your wedding gown)! Fashion forward and innovative, Commando undergarments include modern slips which are perfect for your gown’s specific needs. Some great examples of Commado styles are:
Classic Control Skort
This skort is designed to fill the space that is typically left behind by traditional shapewear. It’s particularly great for gowns with a fitted hip so you can avoid the dreaded “hollow spot”, like the stunning mermaid style. An AFTA favorite, this is the only skort on the market we’ve been able to find that’s seamed all the way down so it stays fitted with the shorts underneath and doesn’t ride up or bunch.
This is a nude colored, high-waisted thong that is the perfect marriage of “no-show” panties and medium control, for the bride who wants the best of both worlds! The medium compression will keep you smooth and comfortable from the ceremony to the dance floor, while the thong back keeps those pesky panty lines at bay.
The Classic Short
These shorts are what you typically think of when you think Shapewear. These shorts offer medium control, a super soft fabric, and are laser cut so they have no seams for a sleek and shapely finish. Versatile and flexible, these shorts will keep you comfortable, smooth and confident on your big day!
Finally, at AFTA, we know how important it is to lean on our tried-and-true classic undergarments! We carry a wide assortment of classic shapewear options that were designed with brides in mind. Shorts like these offer the most compression available, can include boning to offer additional structure to gowns that may need it, and are often cut low in the back for low back/backless dresses or silky dresses with lace. These shorts are also the go-to for Hollywood stylists and are well-known to have been used during the filming of Mad Men, for those brides channeling Hollywood Glam on their big day!
We can’t wait to meet you and to get started on transforming your wedding gown for your big day! Make your appointment with us today and don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any additional questions you may have!
Every dress is as unique as the bride who wears it, from the gown itself, to the custom alterations done, to the accessories worn. One of the most important questions you’ll encounter during your first alterations appointment will be, “What undergarments do you plan on wearing?” And, chances your trusty standby strapless bra won’t fit the bill for the most important gown of your life. If you have no clue where to start, you’re in luck! As the premier choice of Dallas wedding alterations, we carry just about every undergarment under the sun and are happy to help guide you to the appropriate choice from our wide selection of undergarments! Some great examples of our available options are below:
First things first, let’s talk petals (and no, we don’t mean your florist). Petals are small, sticky adhesive circles designed to give you modest coverage. Petals come in one-size-fits-all, and trust us when we say our friends across the entire bust spectrum will find them a perfect fit. They’re ideal under backless or illusion dresses because they’re sheer, oversized, and taper well to ensure they blend under your dress.
Plunge Adhesive Bra
Ready to take the plunge? Our plunge adhesive bra is a busty gals best friend! This adhesive bra features matte side wings that blend perfectly under illusion dresses and a plunging neckline to fit a wide variety of gown styles. The wire shaping will keep you in place all night long and there are a large range of sizes available, from B-H. This is the Serena Williams of the sticky bra world (the #GOAT).
Plunge Adhesive Cups
Bridal style continues to evolve and as it does, so does the world of bridal undergarments.. With the rise of stunning illusion gowns, this bra has quickly become our #1 seller. It offers metal underwire for support in a c-shape for cupping the chest with support, and it’s the most amount of coverage that you can get with the least amount of bra showing. It’s backless and comes in sheer and opaque versions that are both unable to be seen under illusion dress panels. Generally, this is a great option for v-neck, backless, low cut, sheer, or illusion gowns.
Voluptuous Lift Bra
With a name like voluptuous lift bra, you can only guess how incredible this bra makes you look and feel! This bra is designed with metal underwire to give you the support of a traditional bra, but features sheer straps and separated cups to sit perfectly under open back and strapless gowns or plunging necklines. The cups will adhere to your chest, while the matte straps pull over your shoulder for maximum support.
When you think of the original ‘sticky boobs,’ you’re definitely thinking of this adhesive bra. It’s a classic staple for a reason. This adhesive bra sticks perfectly in place and snaps in the middle, giving you lift and an adjustable amount of cleavage. This is a great option for backless and strapless gowns.
Boob Glue by Bosom Couture is something really special (so special, in fact, that we’re the exclusive Downtown Dallas retailer). The best way we can describe it is a roll-on adhesive that lifts you and keeps your gown in place, but that honestly doesn’t do it justice. Interested in seeing how it works on a wedding dress? Watch THIS video.
If there’s ever a time to live out your princess dreams, it’s your wedding! Enter: the corset. This garment has been around forever (since the 1500s to be exact) but don’t be fooled. The reason corsets have been around this long is because they WORK. Corsets can be used under a large range of gowns, but we typically use them under ball gowns or mermaids to provide support. The size range available is incredible, going up to a 56H. If we don’t have your size readily available, it can be shipped to our store within a week!
Much like the original corset, this short waisted version offers coverage, support, and structure for your gown. This version features a short waist and lower back, which is best suited for ball gowns and strapless gowns.
And, of course, we can create an entirely customized option for you by sewing in cups or adding additional gown enhancements to offer a more comfortable, custom experience. Our job is to make sure that you look (and feel) your best and most supported on your big day. We can’t wait to meet you and get started!
Book your appointment with us today and don’t hesitate to reach out to our team if you have any questions.
“So it’s not going to be easy. It’s going to be really hard. And we’re going to have to work at this every day, but I want to do that because I want you. I want you, forever, you and me, every day.” – The Notebook
My mom (aka the reason all of this exists- literally… she birthed me) will be officially married 30 years this Monday. HOLY COW. I don’t know which one of my parents I am more impressed with. I’m not sure who managed to “put up” with who in order for all of this to happen, but against all odds, it did. Like my dad posted on Facebook, “The devil’s been chasing us for 30 years now and still hasn’t caught up yet!”
Classic 80’s ski wear.
Throughout my life, both of my parents have had their own business endeavors. My dad and grandfather owned a Collision Repair Center for over 25 years, and, my mom of course, started this whole crazy bridal business. No matter whose “turn” it has been, the other was always right there helping in anyway possible. (My dad can actually press a wedding gown better than our whole staff put together. The BEST part about this is watching my FURTHEST THING from girly father press a wedding gown, and no matter what he says, HE LOVES IT). The downfall to this is that if we ever find someone who give us a reality show, my dad would undoubtedly be the “Si” and hit of the show— sooooooo not fair.
Ohh the early days…
In all seriousness, my parents have been the best role models for being entrepreneur’s and what for exemplifying what true love really looks like. This is not because everything was all lovey -dovey and perfect 24/7. It is because even when they drove each other crazy, when life threw some heavy unexpected hits or my brothers were a complete pain in the ass (NOT me, I was perfect), they held on. When the easiest option is out, they choose each other every time. They choose to fight through it and come out stronger than before. Out of everything I have learned and taken from my parents- and they have taught me many things- this perfect example of what love should be is by far the BEST gift they ever gave me. I had them both together my entire childhood, side by side. They have been the wind beneath each other’s wings for 30 years… 30 YEARS! (My dad is totally going to give me hell for this “sentimental post” later, WHATEVUUURRRR).
That one time my parents had matching braces, hehehe
Tease it to Jesus
“The higher the hair, the closer to God.” – Every Southern Woman Ever
Well y’all my parents got married in the “Dallas” era — big hair, big dresses and even bigger personalities. As I have told y’all before, it wasn’t too long after this that my mom turned her sewing hobby into a career. In honor of their 30thanniversary and it being VALENTINE’S DAY, I decided to make an ’80s montage of my mom’s early work. It has literally taken me days to compose this blog, solely because I cannot stop laughing every time I pull the pictures out.
This, my friends is my mom with one of her first bridal alteration clients. She also looks like a boy. I really fail to understand how all of you 80’s kids went from Madonna…. to this?!?!
80’s Montage, Lets start with the dresses she custom made from SCRATCH!
Blush and Bashful.
Ursuline Graduation, Class of 1988
On the left is one of our lifetime friends and practically my 3rd grandma, LaVerne. On the right is my mom rocking her own ensemble.
Hello, is it me you’re looking for?
“You’ve got to give a little, take a little, and let your poor heart break a little. That’s the story of, that’s the glory of love.” – “Glory of Love”, Bette Midler
(Y’all should know by now, that I seriously love, and I mean LOVE, Bette Midler)
Well y’all, I haven’t learned a lot in this short life of mine, but I have two valuable lessons for you. 1) The 80’s are NEVER. COMING. BACK. EVER. And 2) Love truly DOES conquer all. No one said this life was going to be easy but it’s easier when you’re doing it with your best friend. My favorite part about my job is getting to watch people find their soul mate every day. If you haven’t found yours, well he’s out their sister! And trust me… He’ll be worth it!
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!! & Happy 30th Wedding Anniversary to my Parents!!!
Ps. Special shout out to MY Best Friend and Love, Justin. (He is going to totally kill me for adding him to the blog. I maybe promised I wouldn’t—but hey it’s Valentine’s Day. I should get a free pass.) So Justin, I LOVE YOU!!…
Now if y’all could all do me a favor and convince him I. NEED. A. MINI TEACUP PIGGY. that would be totes awesome.
‘Playing dress-up begins at the age of five and never truly ends.” –Kate Spade
So, as you all know, I am NOT a dress designer by any means, but that doesn’t mean I’ve never tried. I spent many a day constantly doodling in class, at home, and practically while I was sleeping— I’m not kidding. Every dress I ever wore to a high school function (i.e. Homecoming, Prom, Graduation, etc.), started out in my agenda (or on the nearest napkin). Now, while I really only ever drew gowns and clothing for personal use, that doesn’t mean I did any less doodling.
By the time I reached my senior homecoming, my doodles were at an all-time high. I was spending the weekends working at Lulu’s Bridal Boutique, so I was constantly surrounded by inspiration. Silk dupioni was all the rage around this time frame (circa 2007). For homecoming, being that it’s a little more casual than prom, I found my inspiration coming from Bridesmaid gowns. Specifically, I still remember the silk dupioni bridesmaid gowns Watters had out that season. The bright colors, mixed with the raw silk and clean a palette were mesmerizing to my 17 year old self!
Vintage Watters aka my 17 year old OBSESSION!… Wait am I old enough to have lived through vintage attire?!?!
This inspiration overload left me feeling ready to doodle and design 24/7! I clearly remember the day my Physics teacher walked up to me and said, “You have to stop doodling! It’s not going to get you anywhere.” I went on to fail that class and have to repeat it (of course HATING every second of it). But jokes on you Physics teacher! I now spend my days using all of my doodle inspiration for my J.O.B. Not a day goes by that I think, ‘man if only I had paid more attention in physics…’
My attempt at a sketch…. HEY I never said I was a professional. — I think this started out as a piece of paper for homework….
My final piece. Homecoming 2007.
Who’s that Girl
“I don’t design clothes. I design dreams.” –Ralph Lauren
So now onto the actual designer in this story, Vattana Watters. Watters started out over 29 years ago in her garage making bridesmaid dresses! Watters has since become an international, well-known, treasured bridal empire! And, like I stated before, she was the inspiration behind many of my doodles and dresses. Last week, I got the great pleasure of being able to tour the Watters headquarters! Basically, my 17 year old self screamed, freaked out, and almost had to be silenced via tranquilizers upon being asked to go on the tour. Vanessa Stone, one of the account managers for Watters, aka my DREAM MAKER, toured me around the entire office. I literally touched Vatanna’s door to her office… I’m hyperventilating again just thinking about it!! (But I was totally professional while I was there, I SWEAR!)
So, newly engaged friends, who is Watters you ask?! I’ll sum it up by saying they’ve most likely designed or were the inspiration behind every single pin on your “Future Wedding” Board on Pinterest. Watters is currently epitomizing the Boho Chic, ‘I woke up like this’, effortlessly perfect look! (I am totally bipolar with my looks but I usually land on wearing something boho. Thank god my profession doesn’t require suits!). So again, when I tell you walking around, seeing their patterns in the making, and a showroom full of gowns that have yet to meet the runway, was my ultimate dream, I am NOT playing around with y’all! I unfortunately had to swear not to take any pictures of the new pieces, but I totally stalked them and trust me, you are going to die to have a Watters dress on your big day!!
Since I still can’t form full sentences after being star struck, I am going to sum it up with Vanessa’s words, “Watters is high quality fabrics. We love to use silks and simple clean palettes. We make it so that you can use the right accessories to make it your own look and at a friendly price point!” (Vanessa Stone, aka #GIRLBOSS & MY PERSONAL DREAM MAKER).
Millions of little hand cut swatches. Watters offers to send a client FREE swatches to brides for color checks. Vattana Watters’ MOM literally personally hand cuts each one of those FOR YOU! #AMAZING
MOREEEEE SWATCHES, Because Watters LOVES YOU!
Orders waiting to be shipped out. I literally stalked EVERY inch of this place.
Bolts of fabric waiting to be turned into GORGEOUS Gowns!
Designs being made! Super top secret! I had to silence another panic attack while in this room.
Oh just another day in the world of a Watters employee, hand making those beautiful gowns for YOU!
A picture of naked forms since I can’t show y’all the new designs… but trust me the new stuff is THEBOMB.COM! I gave some direct feedback on some designs… because my opinion TOTALLY matters, DUH!
What Watters has to Offer YOU
“Don’t’ be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way to live.” –Gianni Versace
On top of the AMAZING Watters Bridal Collection, Watters and Watters Inc. also provides FIVE other lines of dresses for YOU! I thought I would save you the time and I’ve have broken down the five lines in easy to read detail!
The Crème de la Crème! This top of the line collection includes the best of the BEST in Bridal couture. The pictures below explain it ALL! (Sold here in Dallas at Stardust Celebrations, plus size samples also available at A Curvy Bride)
Cinzia Gown, Watters Bridal Collection
This budget friendly but still totally killer line includes the works: Bridal Gowns, Curve Plus Bridal, Bridesmaids and Bridal Accessories! (Sold here in Dallas at Stardust Celebrations, plus size samples also available at A Curvy Bride.)
Francine Gown, WTOO Collection
The website has a better description than me… “Whether you’re dreaming about a beach wedding, garden ceremony, modern wedding or fabulous wedding reception in a barn, Love Marley is the perfect fit.” AKA you’re ENTIRE Pinterest board, equipped with actual style numbers. YOU’RE WELCOME! (Sold here in Dallas at Stardust Celebrations)
Penelope Gown, Love Marley Collection
This line is my new fave! So basically you know how you think you only have to buy one dress?! Yeah you’re wrong. And I don’t know if any of you have tried, but buying a white cocktail dress in Winter is impossible! THIS IS YOUR SOLUTION! The modern bride now needs an entire bridal wardrobe equipped with outfits for Engagement Parties, Bridal Showers, Rehearsal Dinners, Honeymoon dresses and of course engagement photos! As my now BFF Vanessa explained to me, “It’s all about the bridal gown. You think you can just go shopping for a white dress but you really need to build a bridal wardrobe from the beginning.” (To my fellow procrastinators: BHLDN.com is now selling pieces of this line with as fast as 1-2 Business Day Shipping, and standard shipping is only 5-7 business days. Can I get an AMEN?!) (ALSO Sold here in Dallas for you to try on at Stardust Celebrations)
Guava Dress, Encore Collection
Please don’t be that person that doesn’t remember this is a big day for your MOM TOO! She deserves an amazing dress just as much as you and this is the line for HER! (Sold here in Dallas at Stardust Celebrations)
Style 72257, C20 Collection
This is the line for all the mini me’s! Cute dresses for the little girls in your party! I don’t know about you, but I just love tiny bride look a likes! (Sold here in Dallas at Stardust Celebrations)
Opal Dress, Seahorse Collection
Basically when it comes to getting the girls of the party dressed, Watters is BAE!
Styled to YOU
“People will stare. Make it worth their while.” – Harry Winston
I am still super stoked that I was able to go behind the scenes to one of my favorite designers, and I am SO glad I am able to share it with y’all. My favorite thing about Watters is exactly what Vanessa told me, “You can accessorize every dress to be unique to the bride.” I have seen many brides wearing Watters collections and it is always fun to see how they are going to wear it. And a little secret: Anthropologie’s wedding store, BLHDN, now carries pieces of the Watters family. Aside from it being the collaboration of two of my most favorite places on Earth, I have really enjoyed seeing the different styling done by both companies. The two websites are pure proof of how Watters gowns can be completely transformed into the personality of the bride that wears it and how versatile the gowns are!
Ok, so to showcase the versatility of the gowns, I decided to showcase a few comparisons. The gowns below are the pictures from both Watters.com and BHLDN.com. Both companies have styled each gown differently. I enjoyed looking at the comparisons and I hope you do to!
As I have come to learn, Watters is a family full of highly talented individuals. These women are REAL people making gowns for REAL women. These women are the ones you should trust with the most important purchase of your life– YOUR WEDDING GOWN! Vattana and her team understand what WE want, and they understand we want to be able to individualize as well.
THE #GIRLBOSS Vanessa Stone herself! THANK YOU VANESSA STONE for making my DREAMS A REALITY!!
P.S. WATTER’S DID NOT SPONSOR THIS MESSAGE. Girl, please. Would you trust my big mouth with an AD?!?!
P.P.S. However, I will TOTALLY accept an autograph picture of Ms.Vatana #GIRLBOSS Watters herself. (Definitely pushing my luck. I mean really, she’s probably not going to read this, but hey never say never!!).
P.P.P.S. I will also accept a COMPLETE wardrobe designed by Xay Vongphachanh aka the Designer behind many of these treasured Watters looks! I trust her with a wardrobe for many reasons but mainly because she willingly posted a double chin, “Ugly Snapshot to BFF,” on Facebook AND made it her profile picture. Now, I would officially would trust her with my life.
Now, I have officially made the most OBSURD request of all times. I have to STOP…