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Do Minimiser Bras really work?

Do minimiser bras really work?For many years, fuller-busted women had only one decision when it came to bra shopping… which colour minimiser bra to buy?  If your bra cup size is D or above, and you have only ever worn minimiser bras in an effort to make your breasts appear smaller, then your options have got a whole lot better! It’s the perfect time for you to visit a specialty large cup lingerie store and try something new.

What is a minimiser bra?

Designed to compress and spread your breasts across your chest, minimiser bras usually feature one-piece cups made of a firm material that doesn’t stretch, with wide wires, wide straps and wide bands… not the prettiest bra style out there in our opinion!

Essentially, minimiser bras work by squashing or flattening your bust across your chest and into your armpits. But this comes at a cost. Yes, you may find it easier to do up your shirt buttons (hooray!). But the result is usually that your shape is distorted and you end up looking like a barrel or a brick (boo!).  Who wants to look wider and thicker? Anyone?

If you want your bust to look smaller and your body to appear slimmer, you need to lift and separate your bust to reveal your shape.

When your bust is lifted, there is a clear distinction between your bust and your waist. Have you ever watched make-over shows on TV and been amazed at how the right style and size in clothing can totally change someone’s appearance? The right bra size and style can make you look slimmer and younger – resulting in improved posture and self-esteem.

Can the right bra make you look smaller?

Now you may think it’s a cliché to say “embrace your shape” and “make the most of your attributes”, but the truth is that many of Brava’s returning customers are amazed at how many people have commented on how much weight they must have lost, when in reality it is because they ditched their minimiser bras! And this is all the result of being correctly fitted into a good quality bra that is designed to be worn without any squishing or distortion.  Ironically, it’s a well-fitted bra that will ‘minimise’ the appearance of your breasts… and that has nothing to do with wearing a minimiser bra.

Should I buy a minimiser bra?

Brava Lingerie was born out of a desire to offer women attractive and supportive bras in larger cup sizes. It’s our mission to change the way women look and feel about themselves for the better. And it’s for this reason that we don’t recommend minimiser bras; there’s nothing supportive (or attractive) about squashing your bust down and hiding your shape.

If your local lingerie store offers only minimiser bras in your size, it’s time to start shopping elsewhere. There are many lingerie brands now offering gorgeous bras in larger cup sizes with good construction and fit – look out for Elomi, Freya, Fantasie, Panache, Prima Donna and Ewa Michalak – who all offer high-quality, large cup bras in gorgeous, colourful styles.


Elomi offer beautiful lingerie in D-J cup sizes.

If you’re in Melbourne, visit one of Brava’s stores for a professional bra fitting. Our website also features many styles available, and you’re most welcome to contact our fitting team for advice.

Got a question about minimiser bras, or anything bra related? Leave a comment below…

12 Responses to "Do Minimiser Bras really work?"

  1. Lydia says:

    Another reason why mimimizers are bad, is they cause terrible under boob sweat, The sweating is even worse than wearing an ill fitting bra.

  2. Nikki says:


    Wondering if you could advise of a similar service in Sydney?

    Many thanks,


    • Nora says:

      Hi Nikki
      You should go to Nocturnal Designs in Leichhardt Sydney,Great range of bras and large ,cup sizes.I was very impressed.

    • The Bra Fitter says:

      Hi Nicki! We would recommend getting in touch with More Than A Handful if you’re after a fitting in Sydney. Thanks, Kellie.

  3. Angelika says:

    I was thinking about buying a minimizer bra because I’m not comfortable with my cup size, I am only 5″2 So it stands out a lot more. After reading this
    , it’s made me rethink buying a minimizer bra. I was wondering if you know anywhere similar to brava in the UK? thanks

    • Lochlinnie says:

      Angelika, as an older woman who has spent a lifetime in minimiser bra’s I have finally stopped drinking the cool-aid. Women pay fortunes to artificially create a bosom we were blessed with. I have discovered (5.2″ ) I am not a square hulk but have a waist …YES! Celebrate, don’t hide. You will not be considered immodest. Good luck in your hunt for the perfect fit.

    • The Bra Fitter says:

      Hi Angela,

      Thanks for your comment. Try – good luck!

  4. Anastasia says:

    For the love of God please tell me you’ve a shop in California-or dare I ask–in Los Angeles? I
    was told by a kindly elderly lady that my Minimizers were making me look wider and she was right. Unfortunately, out here that’s all that’s available for women my size! They’re horrible things that should be burned.

    • The Bra Fitter says:

      Hi Anastasia, I wish I could help but we only have stores in Melbourne, Australia. Have you tried the My Intimacy boutiques in USA, they have a range of bigger cup bras. Yes we agree, minimisers should be burned, not great for your shape. Take care.

  5. Bree says:

    Ugh! I had to wear minimizer bras for years because that’s all I thought I could get for my 10G boobs… thank god I discovered (10 years after my first bra fitting) that there is a bigger, better world of lingerie out there for us bootylicious ladies! Thanks Brava – love your work x

  6. Josie says:

    I know women who still wear minimisers and are not open to trying others. I have thrown mine away. Now im pretty happy with my shape, my breast is not a blob splattered across my body and under my arms. Elomi bras are perfect for me.

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