What To Wear Under The Season's Trickiest Dresses

Congratulations — you've found your dream dress for the upcoming party season! Now comes the bummer... what the eff do you wear under it? While we'd all like to look like we were born with our dresses on, panty lines, exposed bras, and our own protruding bits and bumps are always insistent on making their own debuts. That's why we're particularly grateful for the fine people out there creating shapewear and underthings that manage to help our bodies defy gravity, HD cameras, and that extra (three) helpings of pasta from the night before. So, arm yourself with the hardest-working underwear we could find: You and your dress deserve it!
Photos: Via Shopbop/Victoria's Secret
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The Problem Dress — That low back is stunning... but you want to wear a bra so your boobs aren't looking to stun as well.

Antik Batik Magenta Sequin Dress, $610, available at Shopbop.
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The Solution Underwear — This multi-way bra can be worn in many different ways, including over both shoulders or as a halter, for any type of plunging back.

Victoria's Secret Low-Back Multi-Way Bra With Gel-Curve, $50, available at Victoria's Secret.
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The Problem Dress — It's filmy, flirty, and low-cut, but you need a bra to keep it from getting R-Rated.

H&M Dress, $23.73, available at H&M.
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The Solution Underwear — Yes, they make bras that dip real low. Pick one in a nude color if your dress is light or sheer-ish.

Nordstrom Intimates Uplunge Bra, $28, available at Nordstrom.
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The Problem Dress — You want to look like a statuesque column, not a stuffed ham. How do you smooth everything out without going commando?

LNA Two Tone Dress, $197.90, available at Glassworks.
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The Solution Underwear — A full-coverage bodysuit is perfect for body-con dresses. If you're concerned about the hemline showing through, opt for bodysuit versions that have knee-length shorts.

Yummie Tummie Lavonne Stretch Slip, $78, available at Net-a-Porter.
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The Problem Dress — This dress fit you perfectly... up until a week ago. Whether it's a temporary bloat or just an uncooperative gut, you need something just short of a time machine to help you into this little number.

Oasis Cross-Over Dres, $50.99, available at Oasis.
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The Solution Underwear — A cinched pair of high-waisted underwear will keep your mid-section tight. If you're worried about VPL, there are also thong versions available.

Flexees Easy Up Firm Control Full Briefs, $34.14, available at ASOS.
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The Problem Dress — You want the perky cleavage a good bra provides, but the cut-outs, sheer panels, and backless-ness really cramp your girls' style.

Alice In The Eve Gathered Cut Out Dress, $99.95, available at General Pants.
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The Solution Underwear — Each cup of this bra sticks onto your breast via a reusable adhesive. Fasten them together, and — voilà! Instant cleavage!

Gap Backless Bra, $32, available at Gap.
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The Problem Dress — Silk makes you feel like a princess, but shows off everything underneath that isn't the texture of baby fuzz. This dress is VPL's worst nightmare.

Zimmermann Bon Bon T Dress, $330, available at Zimmermann.
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The Solution Underwear — If you can get away with a cinched waist, this miracle slip/short hybrid works like real underwear (so it doesn't feel like you're wearing just a skirt), but gives you a completely smooth finish.

Skinny Britches Skort, $48, available at Neiman Marcus.

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