The Best Undergarments for Your Prom Dress

By Linda The Bra Lady on April 15th, 2013

Oh, I remember my teenage prom years. How I wish I had a Bra Lady like myself to help my classmates and I with our prom undergarments. But now it’s Prom Season 2013, and you’ve got me! I’m here to help you shop the latest prom dress trends, and figure out the best bra, underwear, slips and shapewear to wear underneath them. I did some online shopping at and found gorgeous prom dress examples. From short strapless prom dresses, to long backless prom gowns – Linda the Bra Lady has the bras for it! Read on for examples for teen girls of all sizes, and fashionistas of all tastes. Happy prom dress shopping!

PS: I am not endorsing Macy’s or, but wanted to give credit for the prom dress styles that I found online there. The dresses below are great examples of popular prom dress styles and what to wear underneath. Wherever you choose to buy your gown, get your undergarments at Linda’s or!

This silky purple gown by Patra has a simple silhouette with a v-neck front, straight back, and wide straps. The side slit is just high enough to show some leg without showing too much. Luckily, you can wear a basic bra with two straps with this gown. Just be sure to try a plunge style like the Natori Feathers Bra, instead of a full coverage bra. That way you won’t risk the bra peeking out the top of the dress. You can even pair the bra with the matching Natori Feathers Girl Brief, which has a higher lace waist for total comfort!

I love the bright color and bold gold print on this Xscape cross back prom dress, don’t you? The backless dress trend is very popular. The best bra for a gown without a full back is a stick on style like this The NuBra Seamless Adhesive bra. The inside of the cups are sticky and totally stay in place! Just be sure to avoid any lotions or perfumes on your breasts before you use it. Also, the front clips together for extra shape and support, and you can angle the cups and decide just where to place the clip. For undies, stick with something close to your skin tone and without a lot of seams or fuss. The Hanky Panky thongs (shown here in the original rise) are super comfortable and easy to wear under almost anything!

Go glam in a sequin, short black dress like this plus size style from Trixxi. It shows off your legs and shoulders while the gathers and sequin bodice shape your middle. For further shaping, my Bra Divas and I love the Elila Longline bra. It’s only $56 and is a great solution for C-H cups! When wearing a short dress, I always tell girls to wear a fuller panty like this Curvy Kate Smoothie Brief. You don’t want to risk your skirt rising in the breeze and showing off a little too much in your prom photos – catch my drift? But don’t worry, fuller coverage doesn’t have to be boring – this style features a cute leopard print!

Wow! This Adrianna Pappell One-Shoulder Beaded Gown has a dazzling, sophisticated, vintage feel to it. And though it offers quite a bit of coverage, it’s still a pretty sheer style. Match your strapless bra to your skin tone so you don’t risk it showing through. We love this LeMystere Lolita Strapless for its smooth cups and built-in push up for a little extra volume. And for added protection in all those prom photos and under the dance lights, wear a Commando Seamless Half Slip. It has little weights in the bottom to keep it from riding up all night – even while you’re dancing the night away!

Stunning! This show stopping pink Xscape gown combines the one shoulder and back details trends. I suggest trying an adhesive style like the Fashion Forms Body Sculpting Backless Silicone Strapless Bra. Not only are the inside of the cups sticky, but so is a tab on each side for added security. Just for fun, match your undies to your gown! It is a special occasion after all. This Lunaire Mesh Tanga not only matches, but it also features a totally seamless back for a panty line free prom look.

Are you a curvy teen and worried that you can’t rock a strapless prom dress? Never fear! You too can wear a stunner like this Xscape Plus Size Gown if you have the right undergarments. For a full bust, the Fantasie Molded Strapless Bra is a winner! Its molded cups, high center gore, and sturdy back will keep your B-G cups lifted and in place while you boogie on the dance floor. If you want some tummy and thigh shaping, try a pair of Spanx. No one will ever know, I promise! Or, pick a simple but pretty pair of panties that will help you feel comfortable and confident at the prom.

This sleek Jump Juniors Halter Dress is sassy AND classy. The halter neckline means that traditional bra straps will show in the back. Try a halter bra, or a great strapless with one strap worn around the neck. Be sure to stick to a smooth cup bra like this B.Tempt’d Faithfully Yours Strapless Bra, for example. Worried that your panty line will show through such a clingy dress? Try the Commando Low-rise Girl Short for seamless coverage and confidence you want!

I love that short prom dresses are in! You can show off those legs and really dance the night away in a shorter style like this Blue Strapless Dress. Here’s an important tip for keeping your strapless bra in place all night long: get a bra fitting! Wearing the right size will help you feel and look your best. This Simone Perele Celesete Strapless Plunge Bra is simple, smooth, and very pretty.  You’ll be able to wear i again and again! And for comfort from a seamless panty, this light as air OnGossamer Mesh Bikini is the ticket. It’s breathable, which is great under a synthetic dress on a sweaty dance floor. Comfort is key, gals!

Have a safe, exciting, and fabulous prom night!