Do you wear a bra with a bridesmaid dress?

Comfort is just as important as style when it comes to buying bridesmaid dresses. There are so many different types of bridesmaid dresses available that you might be wondering whether it is necessary to wear a bra with a bridesmaid dress, or if the dress can do the heavy lifting for you. In this article, we’ll be answering whether you need a bra under your bridesmaid dress as well as telling you about the best bra friendly bridesmaid dresses from Maids to Measure.  

Considerations when deciding to whether to wear a bra under a bridesmaid dress 

There are many different factors that go into opting for a bra or not under your bridesmaid dress.  

Style of the dress 

One of the most important if not the most important factors that will influence this decision is the style of the bridesmaid dress you’re going to be wearing. The bride might have already decided on the style of bridesmaid dress she wants to go for, which will help you see well in advance whether a bra will be needed. If she’s open to style ideas and you feel strongly about wearing a bra, then you can suggest a dress style that can easily hide a standard bra. Alternatively, there are one shoulder and strapless bras that might work better with certain styles of dress to ensure the bra isn’t visible. Even though a bra is often more comfortable, especially for women who are larger chested. Having it show through the dress in any way can draw attention away from the beautiful look of the dress and direct it to the bra.  

Certain dresses will have sewn in cups or structure built into the dress that offers support so bridesmaids can wear the dress without a bra easily. Check out our popular range of blue bridesmaid dresses to find a style that works for you, whether you’d prefer to wear a bra or not.  

The bridesmaid’s body type and personal preference 

For a more petite bridesmaid with a smaller chest, wearing any dress style without a bra won’t be a problem. However, if you’re curvier with a larger chest you might feel uncomfortable, unsupported, and even self-conscious in a bridesmaid dress without a bra. If this is the case, you should always voice your concerns to the bride. She will want to make sure you feel full confident and comfortable in your dress. It might be that some of the bridesmaids wear different styles of dress all in the same colour. This will ensure everyone can feel their best and fully happy with their dress either wearing a bra or not wearing one.  

The fabric of the dress 

The fabric of the bridesmaid dress you’re going to wear can also play a role in whether you should wear a bra underneath it or not, and if so the type of bra. Bridesmaid dresses that are designed for warm weather like in the height of summer or destination weddings for example, are often made using lighter fabrics. These allow the wearer to be cool and the bottom of the dress to nicely flow in the breeze.  

The lightweight nature of certain fabrics often mean that you need to choose underwear that is as flat and smooth as possible. If the dress doesn’t have cups or a support structure built into it, or you need extra support. You might want to consider shaper style bras with silicone finished edges that are specifically made to be subtle under thinner garments. Discuss with the bride if she has any preference on dress fabrics as well as styles to get an idea of what type of bra will be needed, if any.  


To answer the overarching question of this article, it depends. If you and the bride consider the factors above, you’re sure to find the perfect bridesmaid dresses that each girl can feel comfortable and happy in. Whether they are wearing a bra or not. At Maids to Measure we have a wide range of stunning bra friendly bridesmaid dresses for you to explore.  

Our baby blue bridesmaid dresses UK have been particularly popular with our clients recently for a summer wedding. So, be sure to see that collection and feel free to contact us if you have any questions or queries. Our friendly team are on hand to help you find the right bridesmaid dresses for your big day.