One thing that ladies often forget to account for when they’re shopping for the perfect wedding dress is how it will work with the foundation garments they’ll be wearing on the big day. This is something to consider for both the look of your dress (can anything be seen? is there a visible outline?) as well as the fit.

To help you get the upper hand on your under things, New York Bride found this list of 10 tips that will give you a leg up (or should that be a leg in…a bustline up?) Anyway, here are the first three suggestions courtesy of The Knot. We’ve reprinted them from their website.

Overbuy Bras: Before you buy a bra, ask about the store’s return policy. You’ll likely want to try on a few different bras with your gown, so make sure the garment is returnable for a full refund if you leave the tags on. Take home a handful of styles and try them on with your dress. Move around and dance to make sure the bra stays hidden.

Be Prepared for Fittings: Remember: Make sure you take your bra, slimmer, stockings, and shoes to your dress fittings; a body-support garment will give a slightly different shape than just sucking in your gut, and changing your “support” down the road will affect the way your dress fits.

Examine Your Undergarments: Try on your entire wedding ensemble to ensure you’ve made a good match. Can you tell that those control tops are cutting your torso in half? Likewise your thighs in those stockings? Is the outline of your garter belt or your pantyhose waistband embarrassingly obvious? Is your gown fabric so sheer that your under-the-dress essentials may as well be over the dress? If any of the above applies, rethink your options and consider other alternatives.

To read the full list of helpful suggestions, click HERE.

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