Red Carpet Undergarments

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What do stars wear underneath their red carpet gowns?

Nicole Kidman gown on the red carpet Oscars 2017
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Nicole Kidman attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images).

Excited award winners, heartfelt acceptance speeches, and even political statements made the 89th Academy Awards an unforgettable night. But it was not the only thing that got our attention. The show starts before the awards get handed out with the glitz and glam of the red carpet. Celebrities wear jaw dropping jewels, perfectly styled hair, and impeccable gowns as they sashay down the red carpet on their way to the ceremony.

Have you ever wondered what the stars wear underneath their red carpet gowns and outfits? It's more than Spanx and carefully placed duct tape. We may not know exactly what they wore under each gown, but keep reading for an inside (or underneath) look at the bras, shapewear, and everything else that will help you shine on your own red carpet. From Nicole Kidman's daring back and Michelle Williams's down-to-there front, here's what the stars and you can wear under there.

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Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman Oscars 2017 red carpet
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Nicole Kidman attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images). Kevork Djansezian / Stringer

Nicole Kidman shines bright in a glitzy, neutral color gown with a halter neck front and deep, criss-cross back at the 89th Academy Awards. It dazzled!

What do you wear underneath such a daring gown? 

You can dress like Nicole Kidman, whether you're on the red carpet, going to a wedding, or on your way to prom. If you're wearing a gown with a daring back, go with a stick on bra, or simply nipple covers. There are several other options when it comes to what to wear under backless dresses, so try a few and see what works best for you.

Keep in mind, when you wear a sheer, light colored, or skin tone dress to wear a neutral color panty, short, or slip that matches your skin tone. 

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Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae Oscars 2017 red carpet
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Janelle Monae attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images).

Talk about a head turner! Janelle Monae stunned Hollywood in a captivating gown with a sheer top and appliqué adornments atop a wide, uniquely designed skirt.

When wearing a sheer top like this, how do you keep from showing too much? 

Nipple covers come in so many options now! Different skin tones, stick on or fabric, seamless or sassy. Wear a seamless, adhesive pair that matches your skin tone for a "is she bare under there?" look. You'll turn heads just like Janelle!

Remember, covers aren't just for hiding your nipples through a sheer outfit. You can also use non-adhesive covers in a thin bra to keep the shape of nipples from showing through your opaque clothing. Or, mix it up and wear something decorative - like sequins or bows! The world is your red carpet play land.

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Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Michelle Williams attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images). Kevork Djansezian / Stringer

Michelle Williams deep V neck gown at the Academy Awards was just as show stopping as her acting performances. Those deep plunging necklines are a Hollywood favorite.

What can you wear underneath a gutsy gown like hers?

Fashion tape is a red carpet's best friend, and it can be yours too. For a daring neckline like this, use it to keep the edges of your v-neck dress in place. You can also use fashion tape to to keep the front of a wrap dress from shifting, or to keep a fallen hem up. 

There are more options to wear underneath a plunging neckline Get creative! You don't have to keep your bra hidden if it has a decorative neckline, or lace detail. Make your lingerie part of your outfit for a fashion forward look. 

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Octavia Spencer

Octavia Spencer red carpet gown
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Octavia Spencer attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images).

Actress, Octavia Spencer, was positively regal in her Academy Awards gown. The full feathered skirt and draped, open neck bodice were a sight to behold!

When it comes to a neckline like this, what's a gal to wear?

A strapless bra is your best bet when wearing an off the shoulder or open neckline gown. If you have a full bust like Octavia, you're in luck. From longline bras with built-in waist shaping, to molded styles made specifically for D cups and up, there are more supportive strapless bras for full busts now than ever before. In fact, there are fantastic bras for F cups and up (and great plus size lingerie!) 

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Taraji P. Henson

Taraji P. Henson red carpet 2017 Oscars
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Taraji P. Henson attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images).

Taraji P. Henson's cinematic career is on fire, and so is this smoking hot look from her red carpet appearance at the 89th Academy Awards. Her sparkling necklace was just the cherry on top, because her va-va-voom velvet gown and buxom bust stole the show.

So what can you wear under your own red carpet gown to get this look?

As with her Hidden Figures co-star, Octavia Spencer, a strapless bra will keep your bust supported without bra straps showing in an open neck, shoulder hugging gown (or a popular off the shoulder top!)

Speaking of figures, if you want a little help getting that classic hourglass figure, try a waist cincher, waist trainer, or corset. Even if you don't wear one every day, it's an undergarment you can wear under a special occasion gown to create a certain silhouette, just like Taraji. 

And if you want a little extra va-va-voom in for your bust, try adding in some enhancers or wearing a push up strapless bra. You can even get that full cleavage look everyday when you wear a push-up bra

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Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen Oscars 2017
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Model Chrissy Teigen attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images).

Chrissy Teigen is known for her supermodel looks and fabulous red carpet style. Her gown at the 2017 Academy Awards did not disappoint. The super sheer top and high slit, white skirt is fashion forward and flawless.

But how do you dress underneath such a gorgeous gown?

The trick to undergarments that don't show: going neutral. Find a bra and seamless panty that matches your skin tone to blend in for the illusion of wearing nothing. It's just like wearing a neutral bra underneath a white t-shirt. A white bra will clash with your skin tone and shine through. A skin tone bra will seamlessly blend in and disappear. 

Of course, you can always wear nothing underneath. It's up to you if you wear a bra or not. We won't tell your red carpet secret! 

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Hailee Steinfeld

Hailee Steinfeld Oscars red carpet 2017
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Hailee Steinfeld attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images).

One of the most popular red carpet looks of the night: Hailee Steinfeld. This flowing, frothy gown was a must-see at the Academy Awards ceremony.

But what you can't see: what's underneath. What can you wear under a sheer and flowing gown like this?

One of the simplest solutions is a slip! Slips have come a long way since the simple, satin styles of the past. You can find decorative, lace, or silk styles if you want something fashion forward, or even choose to let it show. Or, choose something seamless and in a skin tone if you want to keep the world from seeing what's going on underneath your gown. Slips may seem outdated, but they are great to wear under summer skirts, or black tie gowns.

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Selma Hayek

Selma Hayek red carpet 2017 Oscars
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Salma Hayek attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images).

A red carpet darling, Selma Hayek is a beauty with style and grace. Her look for the 89th Academy Awards show was another stunner!

If you have a full bust, what can you wear with a strappy, low cut gown? 

In a low cut dress like this, avoid full cup bras which will show in such a plunging neckline. Choose a brand that makes full bust bras, perhaps in a plunging or strapless style

Under a sheer or illusion type skirt, you can wear a neutral color panty, or full coverage underwear in black to make it part of your outfit. Or go with Spanx or other shapewear for a sleek look. You decide what you want to wear, and then wear it with confidence and pizzaz. Superstar status!

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Alicia Vikander

Alicia Vikander at the Oscars 2017
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Alicia Vikander attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic).

Alicia Vikander wowed the crowd in her intricate black gown on the red carpet. Her petit frame was draped in gorgeous material and design.

If you have a petite bust, too, what ca you wear to get a boost in a dress like this? 

Petite busted women can go without a strapless bra, if they like. Or, they can amp up their curves with a little push up. It's all up to you! Just make sure you choose a strapless bra that fits well and is made with the petite bust in mind. Remember, it's a good idea to invest in a great strapless bra because you can wear it several ways, including halter, racerback (or criss-cross), with both straps, and without any straps.