Make no mistakes, the world of lingerie shopping can often be a confusing place. There are so many different styles and types of bras out there that you may not know where to start. If you’re utterly baffled by all the different names, you’ve come to the right place. We’re here to demystify the whole darn thing and make sure that you know what to expect from different kinds of lingerie. So, for now, let’s take a look at the minimizer bra and all the questions you need to ask before you invest in one.

What is a minimizer bra?

First of all, let’s answer the burning question here. What actually is a minimizer bra? You’ve likely heard the term thrown around before now, but do you know what it is and how it works? Well, as the name suggests this type of lingerie is a bra that makes your breasts appear a little smaller than they are.

The idea is that they compress the bust area meaning that you get a more streamlined shape, while still feeling comfortable and secure. Most minimizer bras visibly reduce the bustline by 0.5-1.5 inches. Often enough, women who have fuller breasts find that this type of bra is a real lifesaver. It can be useful in a whole array of ways and is sometimes a real wardrobe staple.

What are benefits of a minimizer bra?

Now that you know what the bra actually is, let’s look at why you may want them. After all, shouldn’t you be proud of your full bust? Well, yes, but there are times when you may want to decrease it now and then. One major example of this is when you wear a button down shirt.

Women with large breasts often find that there is an annoying gap between the buttons of their shirt around the bust area. That means that people can see beneath the shirt and the whole thing looks rather messy. (Getting a larger size shirt is, of course, an option but may mean that the rest of the shirt looks baggy. Nightmare!) A minimizer bra will help to decrease the size of the breasts and solve this very problem. Voilà!

What does a minimizer bra do?

And now, here’s the technical bit. You may think that getting smaller breasts without surgery is physically impossible and in some ways it is. However, the minimizer bra redistributes the breasts by spreading them across the chest area. That means that they will, of course, still be the same size, but they will also appear less centered.


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But wait, are minimizer bras comfortable?

Needless to say, the bra that you choose to wear should never be uncomfortable. When it comes to choosing any type of bra that you will wear on a regular basis, it pays to consider how it will feel and whether you will want to wear it all the time or not. Minimizer bras are specially designed to make sure that your breasts are compressed and contained without ever feeling squashed. Most minimizer bras have a supportive cup with minimal stretch (or, in some minimizer bras, no stretch) along with the underwire means that you will feel completely cozy in the bra without ever feeling restricted in any way.

What about support?

The other major issue that many women out there worry about is whether they will get the support that they need. After all, when you have a large bust, the last thing you need is an unsupportive bra. Luckily, minimizer bras have your back… literally. The best minimizer bras have a snug bra band that stretches around your back to make sure that your breasts are contained, lifted, and supported.

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Which size should you buy?

Finally, it’s time to consider which size you should buy. Well, you will likely be happy to hear that you don’t need to adjust your size or opt for a sister size when choosing a bra like this one. Instead, you can go with your standard bra measurements and it should be the perfect fit for both your band size and cup size. Most minimizer bras are full coverage bras designed to completely cover your breasts.

When trying on minimizer bras, make sure the band fits snug and the center front of the bra lies flat against your chest. The band should also be parallel to the floor. Then check the cups. For the perfect fit, your boobs should be completely encapsulated within the cups with no spillage. For the straps, you should be able to fit two fingers between your skin and the strap.

If you’re used to wearing push-up bras, demi bras, or plunge bras, you may notice that your boobs look different than normal in a minimizer bra. Don’t be alarmed – minimizer bras are designed to redistribute your breast tissue within the cups. Minimizer bras won’t give you the same centered look of a plunge bra or the lifted look of a demi or balconette bra because they’re designed for a different purpose.

As always, it’s crucial that you remember to get measured on a regular basis so that you always know your exact sizing. Doing so will not only make sure that the bra looks right when you slip it on but also that it feels right too.

Final Thoughts

When the occasion (or outfit!) calls for it, a minimizer bra can literally work wonders. That’s why every woman out there should have one of these beauties in her underwear drawer. Take the time to look at the options available and choose one that is just right for you. Then, the next time you need to wear a button down shirt, you will have just the right lingerie to meet your needs. Perfect.


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We Highly Recommend

Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!


Featured image lingerie:
Parfait Enora Minimizer Bra P5272 | Parfait Enora Bikini P5273 in Whisper Blue

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Charlotte Grainger

Charlotte Grainger is a freelance writer and digital journalist. Her main areas of interest are health, lifestyle, and relationships. When she’s not writing, she loves reading, gymming, and socializing.

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