Destination I Do
Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Why You Need Spanx for Your Destination Wedding

Words by Jennifer Stein

Gown by Jules Bly, Image by Christiaan Phleger, Flowers by Anny Heid

Some of the most beautiful gowns on the market for destination weddings can be the hardest to wear. Sheath silhouettes are typically the most eye catching and appropriate for a tropical beach-front ceremony. The one problem: they hide virtually nothing! If you're sportin' some muffin-top, that silk chiffon fabric is not going to hide your problem area. Got a little extra junk in the trunk but can't imagine walking the destination wedding aisle in a big puffy ball gown to hide your over-adequate derriere? Never fear, Spanx Shapers are here!

For a flat tummy go for the SPANX Hide& Sleek Hi-Rise Thong. This smoother features a comfortable lace thong and offers high-waisted control. Gentle double-layer compression starts just under the bra line and extends down, creating a firm tummy and smooth midriff. This high-performing thong is perfect for mermaid or empire style gowns. $42, Colors: Black & Nude, available at

For thigh and rear control, wear the ASSETS Sensational Shaper. ASSETS by Sara Blakely is a more accessible line of shapewear by Spanx which offers all of the amazing body-shaping benefits, comfort, and quality for less – perfect for brides on a budget. This high-waisted mid-thigh shaper creates a sensational silhouette by minimizing the waistline and comfortably slimming the thighs and butt. With a patented no-legband design, it is invisible under wedding gowns and comfortably stays in place for the big day. This shaper is perfect with a clingy slip dress that has potential to show lumps and bumps. $20, Colors: Nude & Black, available at David’s Bridal.

Summer and destination weddings call for breathable shapewear and the Haute Contour Sexy Sheer Mid-Thigh Shaper offers a perfectly sheer shaping solution. Haute Contour by Spanx is sexy, sumptuous, lingerie-inspired shapewear , and this piece is the ultimate elegant underpinning because it’s provides shaping support and is sexy enough for the wedding night! The open weave shaping-power-mesh is invisible under clothing, and allows for breath-ability while slimming hips, thighs and bottom. Plus, the reinforced tummy panel offers an additional layer of silky shaping support. This gorgeous shaper is perfect under form-fitting gowns. $128, Colors: Blush, Pitch, Sterling & Porcelain (the perfect shade for brides), available at

Now go on girl friends, rock your shapely bods AND your gorgeous destination wedding gowns!

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