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What is a Minimizer Bra and How Do They Work?

From early 1920s bandeau bras that aimed to create a ‘boyish’ figure, through to modern-day minimizer bras that optically reduce your bust without erasing your curvy shape, minimizers have long been a popular bra style – one that many, in fact, would consider a lingerie drawer essential.

What is a Minimizer Bra?

So, what does a minimizer bra do? It makes your bust appear smaller and less pronounced, with the majority of minimizer bras claiming to visually remove up to one cup size.

Minimizer bras work both by compressing the breast tissue and by gently redistributing some of it towards the underarm to create a flatter side profile. The cups are tall to fully encase your breast (so there’s no spillage over the top) and are made from firm fabrics with no or very little stretch, in order to compress it.

Why Wear a Minimizer Bra?

There are more reasons to wear a minimizer bra than simply wanting a smaller bust! It helps to also ask, what does a minimizer bra do for your outfit? The answer: it can create a smoother and more polished finish, especially in stretchy fabrics and tailored shirting.

By creating a bust shape that’s less projected, your shirts are less likely to gape open between the buttons, and fabrics won’t have visible pull lines across the chest.

What Are the Best Minimizer Bras?

Now that you know what a minimizer bra is, here are a few of our top recommendations depending on your style or support priorities:

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Best minimizer for full busts: Parfait Enora Minimizer Bra

Available all the way up to a 22G, this minimizer bra features underwired, 3-part cups for excellent full-bust support. It’s a very stylish option too thanks to its chic jacquard lace fabric, proving than minimizer bras don’t have to be boring!

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Best minimizer for a retro vibe: Naturana 5063 Minimizer Bra

This beautifully-glossy minimizer bra is available in a wide array of colours. The cups offer great wirefree support, creating a naturally-perky shape that’s reminiscent of retro lingerie styles from the 1940s and 50s.

Naturana 5232 Minimizer Bra

Best minimizer for total smoothing: Naturana 5232 Minimizer Bra

Analternative wirefree minimizer bra option by Naturana, this one combines seamless cups with extra-tall side panels,toavoidpesky underarm bulges and create a flawlessly-smooth look that extends beyond the cups. A great choice under bodycon dresses!

Sans Complexe Perfect Shape Minimizer Bra

Best minimizer bra for t-shirts: Sans Complexe Perfect Shape Minimizer Bra

Think of this style as the perfect t-shirt bra with the added benefit of minimizing. Underwired cups provide lift and support, while their seamless design and moulded fabric ensure a smooth, rounded look under t-shirts and other fitted outfits.

Naturana 5332 Minimizer Bra

Best minimizer for sensitive skin: Naturana 5332 Minimizer Bra

What is a minimizer bra that won’t irritate delicate or sensitive skin? This one! You’ll love the super-soft comfort and breathability of the GOTS-certified organic cotton fabric– it’s pure lingerie bliss.

Want to see more? Check out our full range of minimizer bras to find your perfect match now.

Still have questions about what a minimizer bra is, or which one’s right for you? Ask us in the comments.

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