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The Best Minimizers Bras

If you’re busty, you’ve been there before: An office-appropriate button-down can suddenly take an R-rated turn, gaping and puckering and leaving you overexposed. In any room you enter, your breasts introduce themselves before you do. You’re going in for a hug, and your chest awkwardly makes the first contact. These are some of the times in life you might wish you were wearing a minimizer bra.

Bare Necessities is here to answer all your questions about minimizers, and buyer Heather Viskovic names her personal favorites…

What is a minimizer bra?

Typically, a minimizer is a bra with non-stretch, full coverage cups that reduces the appearance of your bust. Because the cups aren’t stretchy, minimizers can also help fight bounce and sagging. Now more than ever, you have a lot of different, attractive design options.

How do minimizer bras work?

A minimizer lifts, compresses and encapsulates the breast tissue, redistributing it more evenly throughout the cups for a re-balanced look. By pulling your breasts closer to your body, they can make your chest look up to an inch smaller, depending on your size (fuller busts will experience more of a “reduction”). They also lessen the look of your forward projection. The latest minimizers are unlined, meaning they don’t rely on padding you don’t want to create volume you don’t need. Finally, minimizers can create slight cleavage by pushing breasts closer together, giving you a flattering, natural shape at the same time.

Who needs a minimizer bra?

If you’re a DD-cup or above and need extra support or want your bust to appear smaller, consider a minimizer. It’s also great to have a minimizer in your arsenal for the times you want to deflect unwanted attention, streamline your silhouette or be able to fit into the size or style of clothing you couldn’t before. Some women with smaller busts even like the shape a minimizer gives, especially when those breasts are proportionally large for their figures.

How do you choose a minimizer bra?

First, make sure you’re in the right size. Don’t try to buy a smaller bra in order to look smaller! Make sure the cups are snug, but not so tight that breast tissue is spilling over the top. Compression should be light; if you feel flattened like a pancake, try another size or style. And as with all bras, comfort is key. Even though you’re compressing, the fit and feel should still be easy. Finally, pick a style you’re going to get the most use out of.

Chantelle has an incredible collection Heather comes back to time and time again: They’re pretty, utilitarian and each one serves a purpose. Read on and see which one(s) fit your needs…

Top Picked Minimizer Bras by Chantelle

    • Chantelle C Magnifique Minimizer Bra: This has been one of our bestselling minimizers for ages. Not only is it really beautiful, with its classically French design and subtle tonal print, but it’s among the most effective minimizers you’re ever going to find…and it goes up to an E.U. I-cup! The thin, silky 2-ply jacquard fabric is super soft and comfortable. Smoothing side wings minimize any bulging, and some of the bigger sizes also have inner slings for the most possible support.
    • Chantelle C Magnifique Wire-Free Minimizer Bra: The latest to join the party is this innovative bra-sized, wire-free newcomer, whose full-coverage shape has been really well received by BN staffers and shoppers alike. Flexible built-in boning anchors the bra on the sides, to bring you more front-and-center than east-west. Unlined, molded cups have a soft knit lining for comfort, but no padding. “I’ve worn the C Magnifique bra for years, so I’m so happy that I now have my go-to bra in a wireless version,” Heather says. “I wear an F-cup, and I felt very supported in this style.” Stay tuned for it in black soon, too.
    • Chantelle C Magnifique Minimizer T-Shirt Bra: In this version, you get the modern, simple look of a T-shirt bra in a fantastic range of colors with the smoothing and strength of a minimizer. It uses spacer fabric—a light, breathable honeycomb design—so you’re not contending with thick contoured padding. And because it’s a spacer, it conceals nipples a little more.
    • Chantelle C Magnifique Sexy Minimizer Bra: This is your going-out minimizer, with a very tight-weave fishnet material overlay on the seamless cups. Under clothes, it still looks completely flat and undetectable, and it’s good-looking on its own. The Sexy has supportive double-layer underwire cups and inner slings and gets rid of bulge with smoothing sides and back wings, all in an updated style you’d never even know was a minimizer.
    • Chantelle Hedona Minimizer Bra: Rounding out the collection is the Hedona, a traditional minimizer in an untraditional range of shades. A satiny but not stretchy one-ply fabrication has a really firm, snug, secure feel to hold and compress even the heaviest breasts. You also get excellent side support from built-in boning. All this with a pretty floral lace motif? That’s what we call a major minimizer.
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16 replies on “The Best Minimizers Bras”

Hey … do you know of any bra maker that makes a minimizer bra with wide cushion straps and a size 38H ?

Hi, Mary! You’d still want to choose a 44D in a minimizer. For more detailed shopping help, don’t hesitate to give one of our Bra Fit Experts a call (877-728-9272 x4). Thanks for reading!

Hi, Henrietta! Bare Necessities is all online; no stores. Give our Bra Fit Experts a call (877-728-9272, x4) or chat with us online, and we can find you the right side-smoothing bra in the right size. Talk soon!

Hi Celeste, thanks for writing! We recommend sticking with the 38DDD if that fits you in other styles; we don’t recommend changing your size for a minimizer. A minimizer is intended to give you a less voluminous, busty look. It does that by redistributing breast tissue to either side of your chest. Give our Bra Fit Experts a call if we can help you find anything: 877-728-9272, x4.

I can wear a 36DD or a 34DDD and I want a minimizer bra. I have tried many and for one reason or another am not happy. Either they’re too compressing, too structured, flatten me, too uncomfortable, have seams, etc. I have several Bali minimizes, Wacoal minimisers, and none are perfect. I want perfection. The Chantelle bras (above) look good but I don’t know which one to order! They all sound good for one reason or another. Also, I don’t know which size would fit me better

Hi, June! Sorry to hear you haven’t found a minimizer you love yet. A minimizer traditionally reduces forward bust projection by moving some of your breast tissue out to the sides; this can naturally cause some flattening or compression. Would you mind reaching out to one of our Bra Fit Experts? They can discuss some suggested styles in detail and help you locate a style that checks all your boxes. Our Bra Fit Experts can be reached M-W 8:30am-10pm and Th-Sat 8:30am-6pm at 877-728-9272, option 4. Good luck, talk soon!

I always get a size smaller because I flwant the bra to fit snug. I believe I am a 38d. I get 38c. If I get 38d then I dont feel as snug. I want the best lift under but I dont want my chest to look to wide or too out when you view from the side. I am trying to look everywhere foe the best fit.

Hi, Yvette! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. Bra fitting is tricky subject. When wearing a bra for the first time, you should always start on the loosest set of hooks, and if the bra isn’t snug there, that’s an indication you’re in too big of a band size. Since you mentioned the 38D doesn’t feel snug, you may want to go down in the band and up in the cup for a better fit. We’re happy to help: Please give us a call at 877-728-9272 and select option 4 to speak with one of our certified Bra Fit Experts to find the size and styles best suited for you. Good luck, talk soon!

I need help…I go to the store to buy a bra that fits…looks good in the store on the hanger but once I get it home and try it on…WOW I’m so miserable!!! Got to bring it back and start from scratch

Hi Nancy! When you have a moment, give us a call at 877-728-9272. One of our Bra Fit Experts will be able to take you through the steps of measuring as well as recommend styles specifically suited to your size and preferences. No in-store visit required! Let us help make it easy and get it right.

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