A foundation by definition is a basis on which something is supported. Also, a Seinfeld episode, a series of science fiction books by Isaac Asimov, a skin colored makeup to create an even skin tone or the basic tools used to create a website.
I use this term in reference to a body shaper, slimmer, slip or undergarment used to smooth out the lumps and bumps that we are all prone to. This is the perfect beginning to a gown fitting.
If you are going to try on dresses you must first start with a good foundation, this will make all the difference and may even change the size you wear. First put all the pieces in the right place and you will increase the odds that you will get a perfect fit.
Get a snug fitting garment, most have lycra or spandex but I like them to fit like compression shorts, not cutting off your circulation but snug enough for you to feel it smoothing out the details. Those with shorts integrated are great because they do not ride up, even though the slip version has a non slip edging, it doesn’t always work. And don’t get hung up on the bra part, it may be to your advantage to get the strapless version if you want a strapless gown but often your own bra may be a better addition to those that have straps on the top with no bra.
It is also great to bring some shoes, even if you don’t have “the” shoes yet–bring a pair that are the approximate height you want to wear. It will give you a great idea of the way you will ultimately look and what alterations are necessary.
That, in a nutshell, should get you well on your way to finding the perfect gown. Also go with an open mind…you never know what you will fall in love with! I cannot tell you how many times I have heard a bride say “I don’t like ballgowns” just to find that they look stunning in one and many times take one home with them.