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Bridal Lingerie: Buying for the Bride

From the Show: Health Radio
Summary: Get the scoop on wedding lingerie.
Air Date: 5/20/16
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Jenny Altman, Bra Expert
Jenny AltmanJenny Altman is an expert in intimates, hired regularly as a consultant and spokesperson by the industry’s top brands. With 15 years of experience as a fashion editor, Jenny has an innate knowledge of fit and trends, and understands what women want and need. Altman believes that intimates are truly the foundation of a confident look for all women.

In addition to editorial positions at WWD, Lucky and Marie Claire, Jenny spent the bulk of her career at O, The Oprah Magazine, where she helped style Oprah and contributed to the renowned “O List.” It was while working at O that Jenny learned how important it is for women to pay attention to their underpinnings, no matter their size and earned her nickname, “The Shapewear Queen.”  

During her time at these top publications, Jenny dressed models and celebrities for countless photo shoots, in addition to styling “real women” for makeover stories and television segments.

Over the years, Jenny became known as a Style and Fit Expert in the world of intimates, and has helped everyone from top fashion editors to celebrities to new moms, brides, and teenage girls find their perfect bra in the correct size. Altman has become a confidante to women across the country and regularly is the recipient of women’s most personal details and lingerie preferences.  

Prior to (and since) launching her intimates site, ILOVEAGOOD, Jenny has tried on hundreds of bras, pairs of underwear, bathing suits, hosiery, shapewear, and lingerie so that her readers don’t have to. She spent much time forming strong relationships with the top brands to gain an understanding of the technology and craftsmanship used to make their products special and brings this knowledge to women across the country via her site.

Brands including Wolford, Cosabella, Aerie, Bare Necessities, Spanx, Chantelle, and many other industry leaders have hired Altman to consult for them from the standpoint of fashion direction, fit, and public relations. She serves as a spokesperson for these brands, conducting interviews and appearing on television on their behalf.  

Jenny and her expertise have been featured by most top fashion publications and by television shows such as Good Morning America and Good Day New York. She is available for features, to give quotes, or conduct makeover and trend segments.
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Bridal Lingerie: Buying for the Bride
Lingerie is a very important part of a wedding.

You can buy lingerie for the bride as a gift if you are friends. Stick with sweet and pretty. Think about where she shops for clothing and chances are good that she'll like the lingerie from that store. Be sure to include a gift receipt. If you're shopping for someone else, go with a chemise or nightie. You don't have to worry about sizing.

Wear something functional under the dress. It should be great for support. You need a flawless, seamless nude bra that fits really well. You can wear a shapewear bottom that isn't too tight. Since you're going for function, these might not be best for the wedding night. Your seamstress can sew your undergarments into your wedding dress.

For bridal showers, consider contributing to the bride's trousseau. Every bride needs a trousseau. This is lingerie that goes on the honeymoon. Pair it with her honeymoon destination. She needs a few bra and panty sets, some nighties and chemises.

Lingerie expert Jenny Altman shares tips for bridal lingerie.

Here are more recommendations directly from Jenny

Tips for shopping for lingerie (for yourself or as a gift):

Shopping for lingerie should always be fun! Sweet and sexy is always pretty. Lingerie should make you feel confident and beautiful. It should fit well in size and feel like a second skin. 

Buy the right size. Chemises and nighties are easier to purchase for others as the sizing is more generic. Bras are harder to purchase for someone else as they are all about fit.

Shop the right style. If you/the bride like Anthropologie or Saks for clothing, buy lingerie there as well.

Wear comfortable, functional pieces under the wedding dress:

Strapless bra: go down a size in the band to ensure a great fit. Pick something seamless that provides maximum comfort and support.  (Choose a bra that is silicone free so the bra won’t slip if you are wearing deodorant or lotion. If the bra has silicone, nothing on the skin where the bra sits.)

A high-rise shaper that fits like a panty is a great option. It’s comfortable, leaves no panty lines and can come off/on easily for restroom breaks. Don’t buy shapewear too small, buy your true size so it rests on the skin instead of digging in.

The bridal trousseau:

This is the lingerie package every bride dreams of. Only one time does she get to pack a suitcase full of lingerie for her honeymoon! Choose beautiful pieces that range from chemises and nighties to bralettes and panties. You can include a range of colorful panties, beautiful lacy camisoles, and even soft cotton rompers. This is a lingerie wardrobe, so there should be a few splurges along with a few affordable pieces to round out a beautiful assortment.

Some of my favorite lingerie retailers: