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what does a minimizer bra do

Ever since minimizer bras made their way onto the shelves of lingerie stores, women with full busts have been wondering if they should try them. After all, the name itself suggests that it can reduce your bust line, which may prove helpful when you’re wearing a button-down top that tends to gape, or if you simply have a hard time fitting your breasts into certain kinds of blouses or dresses. Women who are considering reduction surgery may even like to wear minimizer bras to “test drive” how it will look and feel before taking the plunge. But can a bra really achieve such a transformation on your bust line?

Do minimizer bras really work? We’ll break down the truth in this handy guide to one of the most popular bra styles.

What does a minimizer bra do?

With separated cups, firm material, and wide straps and underbands, minimizer bras are a super sturdy bra style. By pressing the breast tissue closer to the torso while spreading it more evenly across the chest, these bras can make your bust appear smaller.

Does a minimizer bra work?

Naturally, this depends on the specific bra. Quality and fit will obviously come into play here. But in a word, yes: minimizer bras do work. Minimizer bras reduce projection — or how much your breasts protrude from your torso. By redistributing the tissue across more of your chest, they make your boobs look smaller. In fact, some styles can take as much as 1.5 inches off your bust line.

The magnitude of the reduction depends on your cup size: The larger the cup size you wear, the greater of a reduction you’ll see. Whereas someone with a B or C cup might only see a ½-inch difference, someone with a DD cup or larger can experience a reduction of 1 inch or more.

Related: Is A Minimizer Bra Right For You? 6 Questions To Ask First

Should I try a minimizer bra?

If you struggle to fit into certain apparel because of your full your bust is, or simply want to reduce the appearance of your bust line, you can certainly benefit from adding a minimizer bra to your collection.

We advise looking for minimizer bras that feature extra features for support and shaping, such as underwire, wide adjustable shoulder straps, and three-part cups.

Women with full but pendulous breasts may also reap major rewards from the support and lift that a minimizer bra can provide.

Fortunately, there are a wide variety of minimizer bras to choose from, so you’re sure to find one that works for you whether you’re looking for an everyday full-cup bra, a strapless bra, or a plunge bra. Additionally, minimizer bras come in a range of colors and fabrics, so there’s basically one suited to any and every occasion, wardrobe, and personal style.


A minimizer bra doesn’t just make your bust line look smaller, it can also make your clothes hang better. If you’ve been wondering whether a minimizer bra works, the simple answer is that it does — as long as you buy one with that right features that fits you flawlessly.

Related: How To Make Your Boobs Look Smaller

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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!

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Rebecca Strong

Rebecca is a Boston-based freelance writer who focuses on style, fitness, food, and travel. She has contributed to such publications as HuffPost, Elite Daily and U.S. News & World Report. When she's not writing, she can be found at home or in the studio working on the songs for her upcoming album. Her favorite bra is a black demi-cup style with all-over-lace — timeless and feminine.

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