Bras and undies for Pageant Evening Gowns
Proper undergarments are the foundation for that winning look in the pageant’s evening gown competition. “Just like a house, the proper foundation is the most important thing,” asserts Robin Elliott-Bear, a pageant gown specialist. Pageant undergarments include backless long-line bras, bust-to-hip bustiers, bust cups, waist-cinchers, T-panties, and hosiery with built-in panties.
(1) The Right Bra
With the bust being an important feature in pageant clothing, the right brassiere is important. A good bra shapes, defines, supports, or builds up the breasts.
Many contestants wear long-line bras or bust-to-hip bustiers, which provide support and create a sleek line, especially with strapless gowns. Yet, with second-skin fabrics they may not work. “If you have a real clingy fabric like a Lycra or matte jersey, you can’t use either one of those because the lines will show,” Tricia Copelin, another pageant gown expert, explains. Also, on some girls any extra flesh on the hips can bulge out where the garment ends.
To simplify dressing, many designers sew brassiere cups or bus tiers right into the gown.
(2 ) The Right Undies for an Evening Gown
New competitors often wonder what type of panties to wear. Although some girls wear “T-panties,” pageant clothing specialists usually recommend creating a smooth waist-to-thigh silhouette with sheer-to-waist pantyhose. “Don’t wear panties,” advises Copelin. “I usually suggest that they wear pantyhose with a cotton panty so they don’t have a panty line. You can tell a pantyline in almost any straight dress, whether it’s fully beaded or jersey, so I tell them to wear Underalls. If you have a poochy tummy, wear control-top hose or even sheer-support hose.”
Slips are seldom worn today since most gowns are lined for modesty.
Since undergarments shape the body beneath the gown, they must be worn during fittings to ensure proper fit later in competition.
Pageant Shapewear suppliers: