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Ever put on a button-down shirt and noticed that the space between the buttons was gaping around your bust? Or bought a form-fitting shift dress that was pulling or puckering around your chest? We’re all for embracing the full bust you were born with, but sometimes, it may pose certain style challenges. Perhaps you’ve always had large breasts, or perhaps they’ve become enlarged over time. The fact is, your boobs can grow for a number of different reasons, including genetics, pregnancy or breastfeeding, menopause, and even certain prescription medications (like birth control). Fortunately, however, there are ways to make your bust appear smaller — without having to go to such extreme measures as having reduction surgery.

But which bras are best for reducing the appearance of your breast size?

In this guide, we’ll explore all you need to know about the right bras to wear when you don’t want your boobs to be the center of attention.

How a supportive bra can help

A properly fitting bra is a must if you’re looking to make your bust appear smaller. Many women mistakenly assume that they should buy a smaller bra to shrink their bust lines. Not only will a bra that’s too tight fail to make your bust look smaller, but it can also cause a bevy of unflattering fit issues. For example, a bra that’s too tight may cut into your boobs, causing an unsightly “uniboob” look or spillover underneath or out the sides of the cups. The band may ride up in the back, and the straps may cut into the shoulders, causing indentations in the skin. Not to mention, a bra that’s too small will typically cause a lot of discomfort and potentially even pain. Basically, it’s not worth the risks — and it won’t work, anyway.

When a bra fits well, it provides ample coverage, support, and lift, which is crucial. So, when was the last time you got a fitting? If it’s been six months or more, it’s time to head to your nearest lingerie boutique or department store to get measured.

Related: Bra Shopping Guide: Tips For Buying New Bras

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Which bra is best?

Did you know there’s a bra style that’s actually designed to reduce your bust line? Meet minimizer bras, which can take anywhere from a quarter of an inch to an inch and a half or more off your bust line.

Once you’ve been fitted and know your correct size, it’s definitely worth investing in a minimizer bra or two. Minimizer bras re-distribute the breast tissue in such a way that makes the bust appear smaller. It does this by spreading the breast tissue across your chest more evenly.

What a relief, right? As it turns out, you don’t need to undergo surgery to make your bustline look a little smaller. A minimizer bra — that fits well, of course — should do the trick. Not only can a minimizer bra shrink your bust by up to 1.5 inches, but it can also give you the style freedom to wear turtlenecks, button-down blouses, body-hugging dresses, and more, without feeling self-conscious about your boobs drawing too much attention.

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

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Enora Minimizer Bra P5272 | Enora Bikini P5273 in Raspberry

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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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Enora Minimizer Bra P5272 | Enora Bikini P5273 in Raspberry
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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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