Work the Red Carpet in these Lingerie Must-Haves


Jacqueline Wells
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At this Sunday’s Academy Awards, all eyes will be on the starlets as they make their way down the red carpet wearing custom-made fantasies by today’s hottest designers. We all know that it takes a village to get these women looking red-carpet ready – from the stylist, to the hair and makeup team, to the personal trainer. But the real star of the pre-show is the lingerie that gives celebrities like Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Amy Adams their famously contoured, seamless silhouettes. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite gown styles and the best lingerie looks to under them. So the next time you have your own red carpet affair – be it a wedding or gala – you’ll know exactly what to wear to make you feel superstar ready:

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Strapless and Streamlined: This strapless red dress practically shouts glamourpuss that we can totally see on Sofia Vergara, Penelope Cruz or Scarlett Johansson. To make this gown work, opt for Wacoal’s Red Carpet Full-Busted Strapless Bra. It features both contoured and full coverage with seamless cups for a rounded, natural silhouette, while its arched center panel and cushioned underband provides added comfort. You’ll avoid any wardrobe malfunctions with this piece, especially when paired with a Rago Hi Waist Thong Back Waist Cincher. This panty is the ultimate in shapewear with added tummy control, a waist cincher with four control shaper bands and a one-way satin stretch panel for firming up the midsection.

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Short-Sleeved Goddess: Va-Va-Va-Voom! This dazzling gown is made for a true fashionista, for the Best Actress nominee. Much like the Oscar statue, this gold column dress would work on a tall, statuesque body ala Cate Blanchett or Tilda Swinton. Since the gown features a high front and low back, a Maidenform Endlessly Smooth Plunge Bodybriefer is the perfect piece to layer underneath. This shaping bodysuit offers convertible straps that can be set wide and laser cut leg openings to avoid VPL. It’s low-profile back is perfect for backless dresses.

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High Neck Temptress: With its minimalist silhouette and cutout mesh, this dress is a class act with a hint of seduction that we could totally see on Rooney Mara or Keira Knightly. Underneath it, only the most barely-there lingerie will do, like Fashion Forms Le Lusion Adhesive Bra. These silicone, seamless cups easily adhere to the skin to provide shape and support and are perfect for low plunging, backless and strapless dresses. Add a Spanx Undie-Tectable Lace Thong for a no-panty look and you’ll be thanking the Academy in no time.

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