Calling all fuller-figured ladies! If you take a DD cup or more as a bra size, then a minimizer bra could be an essential fashion addition to your lingerie drawer! A good minimizer will successfully give the impression of a smaller bust by acting as a sort of ‘shapewear for the breasts”, giving you an attractive, sleek, upper body silhouette.
The main advantages of wearing this type of bra is that you avoid “over-spill” (bulge over the neckline of your bra) and ‘gaping button syndrome”, so your clothes will look and feel better, and make you look thinner and younger too! . They work by compressing and de-emphasizing the breasts using a combination of power-stretch fabrics, molding and cut. They’re designed to fit snugly and securely.
The underbust band and straps are the most important structural parts of this type of bra since they take the majority of the weight. Wider, padded straps and a leotard (“U”) back increase comfort and reduce the dreaded back bulge (plus help avoid “falling strap syndrome”). The cups are usually either wireless using seamed and molded panels to lift the breasts, or underwired with fully molded (contour) cups. It’s important that the fabrics used in minimizer bras have a powerful amount of stretch and excellent recovery, since they’re required to compress without “slackening” and for the elasticity to not be compromised by frequent washing. Another thing too, it helps if the cups are made from satin to eliminate any “sticking ” or “bunching up” of your clothing during the day.
With the newest minimizer bras, the construction is very similar in principle to sports bras, so a bra manufacturer who is known for their minimizers will usually also produce an excellent line of sports bras and full support bras. One such manufacturer is Naturana Lingerie. They have a gorgeous and extensive minimizer range at Now That’s Lingerie as well as a great range of sports bras. Take a look at their 5363 & 5063 Minimizer Wireless Bra and it’s matching 0063 & 0017 High Rise Medium Full Control Panty Girdle available in four satin colours and two floral satin jacquards. Also in this range are two other great bra shapes – the 7363 Minimizer Bra (an underwired, moulded version) and the 5663 Minimizer Front Opening Bra.
Olga Lingerie’s 35984C Sheer Tapestry Minimizer is a sleek, seamless bra which claims to reduce bust projection by up to 1 inch! This underwired, moulded bra in pretty floral jacquard has built up straps and a wide back band for added comfort.
The 841892 Splendid Curves Luxury Minimizer by Triumph is a stunning, seamless, satin underwire bra. It’s super-comfortable with slightly cushioned straps and a “U” shaped back and yet very pretty with little lace details to perfectly match its sexy lace panty – the 8442 Splendid Lace Maxi.
So try out a gorgeous new silhouette with one of the minimizer bras available from NowThatsLingerie, I guarantee you’ll be very satisfied with the results!
Marg Goodwin11 years ago
my wireless bras pull my breasts to the centre where they touch and make a straight line across my chest. My minimizer bra’s wire curved out in front of my chest giving me a centre bump. I don’t know what to do about these problems.
Julie1 year ago
I was wearing 40dd but was to big. Went and got 34d and it feels snug, can you please suggest my next steps x
admin1 year ago
If the 34D feels snug and the cup size is good, you should try a 36C. However if both the band and cup from the 34D are snug, go for a 36D.
Let me know if you have any questions.